Q&A for Beam Central Vacuum Units
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Dust Pan Options For Beam 190
Question:
can I get a replacement dust pan for my Beam 190 ?, the old one has corroded over the years but all other parts appear to be in good/reasonable condition. Many thanks in anticipation. David , Coleraine
Answer:
We carry two dust pan options for your Beam 190: VacPan and Vacusweep. 

Bean 199F Puts Off A Burnt Smell And Trips The Breaker
Question:
beam 199f unit turns on for a couple seconds puts off a smell and trips breaker when u reset it it will do same thing does it need new motor is it worth it because it is 21 years old thanks tom edwardsville il.
Answer:
This generally indicates that your motor is failing and needs to be replaced.  Please review the two motor options for your Beam 199F unit.  Replacing the motor is the most cost effective solution as opposed to replacing the entire unit. 

How to Replace Cloth Filter
Question:
Please walk me through the installation of a new filter bag on a beam classic 750a. Thanks
Answer:
The instructions are quite basic. To remove the filter, grab a side of it and pull toward the center. The outer stiff rim of the filter bends in and the filter drops out. If too difficult, start to lift the rim off the side with a screwdriver. In the same manner, you can place the rim of the new cloth bag where it was originaly removed by bending the rim in and letting it snap into place.

My Beam Rugmaster Plus Is Not Working
Question:
Jessica from Jacksonville, FL I moved into a home with your Central Cleaning System Model 2100 installed in 2000. It works great except just recently, as I was using the Beam RugMaster Plus vacuum attachment on carpet, it no longer created the motorized loud sound as it had before. Instead, it made the sound as if I had the suction wand attached. It still works fine using that attachment, but I need to get the carpet vacuum back to working. Advice? Thank you!
Answer:
The issue you described is generally the result of an electrical failure in your hose.  We recommend that you check the following:
  1. If the inlets are Supervalves (110v valves), plug the power brush directly into the valve. If the power brush works, the problem is in the high voltage lines in the hose - likely a blown fuse in the hose, but also look at #14.
  2. Check brush for bad neck tilt, switch, or reset button.
  3. Put power directly to brush motor to see if the motor is bad.
  4. Check cord connections from hose to brush.
  5. Check to see that Supervalves/Electravalves have 110 volts.
You may view additional Troubleshooting Tips by clicking here: Troubleshooting Flowchart

Remove Filter with Screw Driver Help
Question:
I have a 12 year old Beam. I am trying to empty and clean the cloth filter. I have been reading above on how to take out the filter by pulling hard towards the middle - it is not working. It will not budge. There is a lot of debris inside my bag and I believe this may be overheating the motor - help.
Answer:
Take a screw driver and put it under the stiff outer rim causing it to flex in. Get it to flex in more and it will fall out. Time and dirt has stuck it hard to the sides so that is why it is so difficult. Also, to let you know, bags with two layers need to be replaced when dirt is caught in the middle. We have a variety of diameter replacement filters here. Measure the diameter of the unit from the bottom with the bucket off. http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=711b,710b,710k

One Inlet Not Working
Question:
we have a Beam Rugmaster plus, 14 years old. when we plug it into the wall plug in the living room, the vacuum turns on but the unit in the basement does not. when we plug it into the wall unit in the hall, the unit in the basement works. This appears to be a problem with the wall plug responding to the unit. how can we fix this problem? SJM
Answer:
If there is not good contact with the vacuum hose to the two metal contacts inside the inlet hole then the vacuum will not turn on. Inlets do go bad and need to be replaced at times. The contacts should feel sturdy, not easily pushed in. There is a spring behind them for proper pressure. Here are inlets for your system if you determine you need them http://builtinvacuum.com/parts/beam/inlets.html

199D Replacement Unit Ideas
Question:
Have a Beam model 199D, how old can this unit be? We inherited the home and cannot find any records of purchase, and family member guesstimate is 8+ yrs. Unit seems small for 2300sf and considering an upgrade. A professional opinion is appreciated.
Answer:
That unit is going to be about 20 years old and should be replaced with one of today's more efficient, more powerful and quieter vacuum units. Any brand is compatible with your system so you are not limited. We suggest the Flo-Master C650 that is available through dealers. More information can be found here http://builtinvacuum.com/flomaster/compare.html

A Detailed Help for Filter Removal
Question:
Hello, I have read several answers here on how to remove the cloth bag filer but cant exactly understand how to remove one. Do you have any video or diagram that explains the same. To remove the bag grab up top near a side and pull hard directly inward ( I don't understand what to push or pull hard directly inward) . The stiff outer lip bends in and the entire thing falls out immediately ( what is the stiff outer lip). Appreciate a bit more detailed explanation on this...thanks...Nish...Hamilton
Answer:
Sorry about that. The cloth filter is sewn around a metal ring. That metal ring is pushed up all round the circumference of the tank. To remove the cloth and ring the ring must flex inward creating a gap which then relieves the pressure of the circumference and the entire filter just drops down. To get the ring to flex inward you usually only have to give a good tug toward the center of the tank while holding the cloth. If that doesn't work then get a screw driver under the ring to help the ring flex inward as you pull inward.

No Suction, Unit Alone
Question:
My beam central vacum which is 20 years old has no suction motor sounds fine but its a if there is a blockage. I have all the pipes removed so it just the canester. Bag seems fine any ideas. Brian from Campbellford, Ontario, Canada
Answer:
Remove the center weighted filter and clean the secondary filter/screen. Put the bucket back on without the filter. Test again. Also remove the exhaust line, if there is one, as it can be clogged.

Dirt and Dust from Exhaust?
Question:
my beam cannister is located in the garage and there seems to be a lot of dust, dirt at the air exhaust, adding dirt , dust, to my garage, what gives ? unit runs great. Alfred
Answer:
Consider routing the exhaust line to the outside wall. Use central vacuum pipe and elbows along with a exhaust vent all available here http://builtinvacuum.com/install_shop/pipe-fittings.html

Dead - Green Light On - MiniBreaker Won't Reset.
Question:
Beam 189D was working fine early in day. Removed hose from wall and unplugged rotor cord. Came back later replugged in. Nothing happened. Green light is ON on the canister. Tried turning the on Manual/Auto switch on the canister but nothing happens. Tried pushing in reset button & it won't stay in. Turned circuit switch on and off. Outlet works with other appliance. Mike t
Answer:
It sounds like the motor went bad. They usually will come back on but it could be that the minibreaker also failed along with the motor which happens now and then. If the minibreaker was able to work you could know for sure if it was the motor. If you sniff near the motor and smell burnt electrical then the motor is bad. The green light means nothing.

Cloth Filter Removal
Question:
I have a whole house vacuum Beam model 153 with the cloth bag..for the life of me I cannot figure out how to remove it for cleaning... Please help!......Terry from Daytona Beach
Answer:
To remove the bag grab up top near a side and pull hard directly inward. The stiff outer lip bends in and the entire thing falls out immediately. You don't have to take it out to clean it. Use a shop vac to clean it, you are looking at the dirty side of it. The other side is "clean".

Beam V185 Accessories
Question:
We have just moved into a home with Beam model V185. We do not have hoses, manual, or anything else to go with this and I don't see this model on your web site. We would like to be able to use this vacuum. Can you let us know where we can find some information and the correct hose and attachments? Thanks. Diane, Lincoln, CA
Answer:
We don't have the original manual for your system but we do stock a large selection of accessories, kits and hoses that are compatible with your Beam system. Take a look at all your options here, http://builtinvacuum.com/help/beam.html

Beam Unit Has Clog In The Wall
Question:
Hi, I have a beam installed in my garage. I think the pipe from my house to the garage has a partial blockage. The suction is very poor in the house but when I use the vacuum direct from the garage the suction is very good. Conclusion - blockage somewhere underground. How easy is this to fix?
Answer:
You will need to contact a local central vacuum repair technician to remove the obstruction. You can find your local dealer for service at http://builtinvacuum.com/dealers.html

Filter Style Change Available?
Question:
We have Beam Model 183 Central Vac System and would like to know what, if anything, is available to replace this Inverted filter system with something that perhaps is contained for collecting. We are finding that to empty this container is very messy and dirty. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Answer:
Sorry, the inverted, center-weighted, cloth filter is not replaceable with a closed filter bag. You have to change the entire unit to one of these alternative units: http://builtinvacuum.com/help/beam/units.html. These units use the same pipe and wire and work with your system and tools. Meanwhile, the best way to clean your unit is by using trash bags to keep down the dirt. Dump the bin into a large trash bag while it is completely inside it. And use a bag around the bottom to shake out the cloth filter.

Beam 100 Not Turning On
Question:
We just bought a place that has a beam central vac. Don't know how old it is but it says it is a model 100. It was working but once in awhile it would stop but would start up again. Now it won't start at all. It does not seem to have a manual start or reset button as newer models must. When I put a dime on the contact points on the wall plug in I can see a small spark so there must be power there. I checked the breakers and the plug that it plugs into has power. Any suggestions
Answer:
You most likely have a bad motor in the system that needs to be replaced.  Compare your motor to ours here, http://builtinvacuum.com/parts/motor/115334.html this should be the proper replacement for your model.

New Motor Much Louder
Question:
Hi. This is Kevin from Orlando, Florida. In 2009 I purchased a house built in 2004 that had a Beam Serenity Plus, model 2725. Since I have had two other houses with central vacs, I am familiar with the amount of noise produced when they are running (all units are/were in the garage). My current unit ran much quieter than the others, but recently the motor died and was replaced by a technician from my home warranty company. The new motor sounds like something is wrong - it is extremely loud and sounds like it needs lubricated. It is so loud that it can be heard in the farthest room from the garage. The tech says it's brand new, but I know that this unit is way too loud. Although it has the same suction power as the old motor, I'm just not convinced it is a normal noise. Any thoughts?
Answer:
It may have been installed incorrectly.  If the new motor is tightened down too much, it compresses the fan housing and the blades can rub against the outside. This creates a drastic increase in the level of sound coming from the motor. 

Beam Will Not Turn On
Question:
We have a Beam central vacuum EHCAPNA? And the kick start stopped working, then tht ehose stopped working, and we found a clog in the kickstart, so we removed it, emptied the canister and now we can not get it to turn back on. We reset the cicuit breaker it's on, and there was no issue there. Unplugged anf replugged. And the green light comes on for about 15 seconds and then turns off. Any ideas please??
Answer:
With the green light turning off, there could be an issue with the circuit board in the unit. Try the manual switch on the side of the unit to see if it will turn on that way, if not you'll most likely need to replace the board.

Beam 697C Replacement Bag
Question:
Beam 697C Ultra. 220Volt I need to purchase a replacement motor and would like to know if I can or should also replace the filter element at the same time. Unit is 12 years old.
Answer:
The cloth bag can be replaced. It may be needed, you will need to inspect the cloth for any holes that may be developing. You can find the replacement bag here, http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=711b,710b  Just choose the appropiate diameter of your unit.

Beam 353 Repacement Motor
Question:
hi I am looking for a motor replacement for my beam 355 central vacuum. Would you please let me know what is the cost for the motor and the shipping fee? I live in Burnaby, British columbia, Canada. gail
Answer:
You can find Beam replacement motors listed by model number here, http://builtinvacuum.com/help/beam/motor.html#motor  Shipping cost is live updated to include import taxes and fees, choose the Canada Checkout option in your shopping cart and the most current pricing will be listed prior to the payment screen.

Beam 284 Doesn't Turn On At The Inlet
Question:
I have the model 284 and I am just curious as to why I have to turn the canister on evry time I have to vacuum. Everyone else I know just has to plug the hose in and the unit starts sucking. It is insanely loud so I defnitely have to turn it off between uses. Jody- Welland Ontario
Answer:
Central vacuums are designed to turn on from the wall inlet. If you yours is not, then there is an issue that is preventing it. Follow our troubleshooting guide to locate the problem.  http://builtinvacuum.com/education/troubleshoot.html

Beam Overheating
Question:
I purchased a beam vacuum model 395a about 3 years ago. It works fine untill you shut it off and then try to turn it on again--it wont turn on. After about an hour it works again but will not turn untill i guess it cools off again Any idea what it could be thanks Guido, Ontario
Answer:
The overheating is usually caused by a clogged filter that is restricing airflow.  Check your cloth bag and clean if necessary. There is also a wire mesh behind the cloth filter, just before the motor. This can get blocked as well. The low airflow doesn't allow the motor to keep cool and trips the safety inside the unit.

Used System, No Manual
Question:
Just moved into a home with a Serenity Plus (2775), but no manual. Love it so far, but it's a bear to clean. Any advice? Also, are there any filters, belts or other parts I should be inspecting/looking to replace in the future?
Answer:
Congratulations on the home and central vacuum. The best way to clean it is to put a trash bag up around the bottom and shake the center-weighted cloth filter. There is no other maintenance but that unless you have a roller brush. Then you should cut threads off of it and maybe remove it to clean the bearings on the ends.

How to Clean Cloth Filter
Question:
I have a Beam 294 and it has hardly any suction at all. How do I clean out the inverted bag on the unit. I can feel a bunch of rocks or debris in there but I can't figure out how to get it out. It says "self cleaning filter" on the side of the unit, but I don't understand that. PLEASE HELP!! Becky in St. Louis
Answer:
The inverted filter has a weight in it that feels like rocks. This allows the bag to move into the down position when the machine is off. A lot of people vacuum the bag with a shop vac. Some remove it (grab a top side and pull inward, hard) and wash it (completely dry re-installation necessary). And then some simply replace it.

PU371F Motor and All 371 Models
Question:
I have a beam central vacuum and I search the motor the model is: pu371f can you get it? and how much? Thank
Answer:
The correct replacement motor and instructions are here http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=199,221,how2mtr

Beam SC375A Is Tripping The Breakers
Question:
I have a SC375A. The motor was recently replaced. The mini breaker keeps breaking. I just unplug it and when I plug it back in, the motor starts again. The beater remains running. No hot smells or carbon dust as before. Paul Townsend, MT
Answer:
You'll need to contact your Beam at www.beamvac.com for assistance with a new circuit board.

Floor Brush Does Not Turn On
Question:
Hello, The suction is fine but the brush does not turn. Do we need a new motor?
Answer:
Follow our troubleshooting guide to locate the issue, http://builtinvacuum.com/education/troubleshoot.html.  If you have further problems, don't hesitate to contact us and speak to a technician.

Low Suction Old Filter
Question:
Our Beam central vac model #284 does not have good suction, the machine was in the house when we moved in 13 years ago. We have only used a shop vac to clean the filter, should or can the filter be replaced? The power head is good, the suction problems seems to be from the machine itself.
Answer:
You can replace the center-weighted bag and it really should be done. But first test the suction by removing the bag and starting the vacuum. To remove, grab a top side and pull inward with strength. The outer rim flexes allowing the filter to fall out. Put the bottom back on the unit and test the suction without the hose. If better, then buy a new filter, it not then look for blockage in the hose or pipes. Replacement filters are available and we offer ones with an 11.5 or 14 inch diameter.

MiniBreaker or Motor at Fault?
Question:
Hi, I have a Beam 189D which just started popping out the circuit breaker. If I reset it and try to run the vacuum via the hose in the house (I didn't try it manually at the unit), then the circuit pops out almost immediately. Can you suggest the best mechanism for determining where the problem might lie? Thanks in advance. -Brian
Answer:
95% percent of the time this means the motor is bad. If not the motor then the minibreaker on the circuit board. If the unit is over 8 years old then it is most likely do for a motor. Testing the motor apart from the circuit board will let it run and it will probably heat up and shut off on its own after 15 minutes or so. If it doesn't then it may be the minibreaker.

No Suction at Times
Question:
just moved to an old farmhouse and it has a beam v185. it works ok if using the spinning head attachment, but it will not suck if using an attachment that does not hook up to the electrical outlet. it all worked at first and all of a sudden it doesn't. do i need to clean/replace the bag? and if so, how do i do it? em/london, on
Answer:
Actually, the suction is probably never coming on. The noise of the brush is tricking you. To troubleshoot the issue use this page www.builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html and let us know if you have any questions.

Click, No Suction
Question:
I have a 12 yr old Beam 189D. The unit will not power on. When I plug it back into the wall I hear a click. If I lay a screwdriver across the low-voltage terminals I can hear a click Is this the motor our the circuit board?
Answer:
Your motor is dead, the click is the board working correctly. Thank you for asking. Replacing the motor is not difficult.

Outlets Not Working
Question:
Bob-Ormond Beach Fla.- model Beam 253- 30 years+- old-worked fine. outlets will not turn unit on, main switch will. Assume a low volt issue-where to start to fix-no owners manual to see connections etc. Thanks
Answer:
Hello Bob, please start with this guide www.builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html and you'll be able to locate the issue. Let us know if you have further questions. Beware too that a bad motor will start at times, especially right at the unit.

Motor Parts Updated but Still Cuts Out
Question:
Hi, I have a beam central vac model 177. She is an oldie! I took it in to get serviced and they said that the motor is fine. They replaced the motor gasket, bearing set, cooling fan. They said the motor is fine. However, when I went to use the vac it started and would run for 5 mins and then stop and I could hear a clicking sound. I would unplug it and then plug it back in and it would start again for 5 mins then stop again. I was wondering what else it could be? The place I took it too was a beam authorized dealer. The suction does not seem to be like it was before either. Lisa Winnipeg
Answer:
When a motor is tested it needs to run for 10 or 20 minutes. Many times they will start, but will not continue to run. You have a bad motor and it needs to be replaced. Hopefully they will honor their work and help you.

Beam PU372 Vacuum Motor
Question:
Susan, Edmonton. I have a PU372 central vac, motor is throwing sparks. Do you suggest getting a new unit or just replacing the motor? (Is 15 yrs. old.) Which motor would I need to purchase and about how much? Thanks.
Answer:
Hello, we suggest replacing the motor to save money or replacing the unit to gain more power and better filtration. The motor should be this one http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=199,221,how2mtr. Please compare the look and details to be sure. If you want to replace the unit, we suggest one of MD's 650 Airwatt machines. It gives you 50% more power for about 3-1/2 times the cost of a motor. Let us know if you want more information.

Clean or Replace Filter
Question:
model 183 filter Hi I am bruce.I live in Edison NJ.I have a old model# 183.The filter is cleaned or replace it. Thank you! Nice Day!
Answer:
Remove the filter and see if your suction is increased significantly. If so then replace the filter.

Stopped Working
Question:
I have a Beam model 191 (Central vac). When I finished cleaning the upper floor, I removed the tubing and the power did not start when I pluuged it on the ground floor. I went to the garage where the cannister was located and there was no smell from the motor. The breakers were fine. What should I do? Thanks, David Toronto
Answer:
David, please use this guide www.builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html to find the issue and solution. Let us know if you need help.

How to Remove Filter
Question:
We have a Beam Vacuum and would like to remove the filter to clean it. It is a model #254 and it is about 30 plus years old.
Answer:
To remove the filter grab a top side and pull inward. The outer rim flexes and the filter falls out.

Change to Bag from Bagless?
Question:
Beam 2775 Is their a disposable bag that will fit the Beam 2775? Anyone who thinks a bagless system is LESS messy is nuts. I have to use my shop vac to clean my Beam. Thank goodness it was installed in my garage and not in my house!
Answer:
Sorry, the Beam system only takes the inverted cloth filter. You can, however, swap the entire unit out for a bag type such as SilentMaster or FloMaster. They work with your sytem as is.  http://builtinvacuum.com/products.html

Beam 183 Filter
Question:
Hi I need to replace the filter on my model 183.Could you tell me which filter model for 183 and i need the user manual for help. Thanks for you help. Bruce
Answer:
Please call for help on this one. Thank you.

Vacuum Works, Hose Doesn't
Question:
Have no power to start vaccum system at the outlets on my 355 beam.If I turn the manuel sswitch to on the motor runs .Does the circuit breaker needs replacing? Presently the circuit breaker is stuck and unable to move either way Dave from Brandon mb. Thanks
Answer:
Dave, please use www.builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html to trouble shoot the real problem and find solutions. Let us know if you have any questions.

Beam Model 361 Motor
Question:
Hello there I have a beam model 361 unit.My motor is shot.I am looking for a replacement motor to buy from you.My motor is 10 amps.However i cannot find a match of this model number in your charts.Can you please offer a suggestion to me. Thankx kris
Answer:
It looks like the only motor they used in the 10 amp range is replaced with this motor http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=209,221,how2mtr Measure the overall width and height. If it is close then you have a match. If not them please let us know.

Carbon Dust Everywhere
Question:
Hi, I have a 7 year old beam central vac system, have recently replaced the brushes, and have noticed a terrific amount of carbon dust in the room that the power unit is situated in, and i mean terrific, everything in the room is black. It was bad before we replaced the brushes, but is horrific now, please let me know what the problem could be! We thought maybe it could be the size of the room, it is only about a 8 ft. by 6 ft. room, but I can't see why this should matter. It actually smells in the room of carbon dust. The model is the Beam Classic III. It has a permanent filter which I clean after every time I empty the pail. Bernice
Answer:
Hi Bernice, replacing brushes in a well used motor can cause this. It is not uncommon. We are glad when brushes work out for owners but not surprised when then don't. Old motors need to be replaced. It looks like you will have to buy a new motor. If you bought the brushes from us then please call and we can work out a deal with you.

Unit Turns Off By Itself
Question:
My Beam 2250 system is 9 years old now. it was working perfect until recently. but now after 2-3 minutes of vacuuming the system is going off and on every 2-3 seconds until shutting down any idea?
Answer:
Hi, this is typical motor failure. Vacuum motors do not slow down, they stop working and eventually will not start again. You can replace the motor yourself with this motor and instruction http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=203P,220,how2mtr&qty=1,1&title=Motor+for+Beam+2250

Tripping Breaker - Filter or Motor Issue?
Question:
I have a Beam Model 355. I turn it on and almost immediately the breaker trips. The filter bag gets sucked right up into the motor area and I have to pull it back down. Why would the bag get sucked up? Is the bag clogged with dust? Thanks, Bill
Answer:
Hi Bill, the bag is supposed to be suctioned up to the motor, that is how it filters. The breaker tripping most likely has to do with the motor going bad. You can remove the bag to be sure. To remove you grab cloth at a top edge and pull directly inward until the band bends inward and the filter falls out.

Beam 199 Millenium Edition Motor
Question:
Ken - Vineland, NJ Have a Beam 199 Millenium Edition (installed myself) that has been flawless for 10 years. Red indicator light has come on, per manual motor brushes need to be checked. Is this a replacement I can do myself? Don't want to replace entire motor, it has run fine.
Answer:
Hi Ken, in our opinion the motor should be replaced after 10 years. The 900 or so hours are probably used up. Brushes are to be put in, if needed, around the motor's half life. That may or may not be the case with yours. To find the correct brush first identify the correct motor here http://builtinvacuum.com/help/beam/motor.html and then type the motor number in the search bar. The brushes will come up in the results.

Works Sporatically
Question:
I have beam central vacuum lately the vacuum will work sporatically. IT all started with the canister overfilled. I cannot turn it on manually. The next day it worked why is it acting up?
Answer:
Hi, time will tell why it may have an issue. The motor could have over heated and it was going bad already. If it starts and then stops then that is the issue and you can replace the motor. Let us know what you find out.

Bag Installation
Question:
William Bell Stirling Ontario, Canada. Dumb Canuck. I have removed the filter bag of a model 294. There are two different materials to the bag. One looks to be cloth and the other synthetic. Which one should be on the inside ?
Answer:
Hi, the cleaner side is on top, the more cloth like, less slick side. The shiny, smoother, dirtier side goes toward the bottom.

Replace Filter or Clean it?
Question:
HI! I've got a Beam 397 central vacuum system. We've been in this house for about 3-1/2 years now and I've never checked/replaced the filter. Suction level is good but I don't know if you guys recommend replacing at certain intervals. Thanks for the advice. JC -- Draper, UT
Answer:
Hi, Beam says it is a "permanent" filter and "self-cleaning". What you find though is it needs cleaning and after years may need replacing. To clean, drop the bucket, put a plastic bag over the bottom, grab the center-weighted filter and shake. That is how you clean it. To remove it you'd pull a top side directly inward to loosen the snap ring around the edge. The replacements are here http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=710B,711B. Please measure the diameter.

Wiring the Four Wires on some models.
Question:
We have just been given a Beam 294 Heavy duty unit for our house. All the pipes were already installed when we purchased the home, so all we needed was the unit. Now that I have it, I'm not sure how to wire it up - there are 2 wires attached to the pipes where the unit connects, and then 2 pairs of wires off the unit. The wire off the unit looks like speaker wire with 2 wires, each - 4 wires total off the unit. Does anyone know how to wire it up, or where I can find more information? Thanks. DRL
Answer:
Yes, they connect to the wire lead coming from the home. Do two of the wires the same color or markings? Keep those apart and join one with one of the other two and one leg of the wire from the home. Do the same to the other wires and you are set. When the hose is plugged into the wall outlet and the swtich on the hose is turned on, the suction unit will fire up. Basically the four wires should be joined into two leads from the unit. If you choose the wrong wires nothing bad will happen, the unit will just start. Change the wires around and try again.

Stopped Working, No Odor
Question:
Gina I have a beam vacumm model 153. Was working fine in morning and after I took a break it did not work. I flicked the manual switch and the mini breaker and nothing happened. there is no burnt out motor smell.
Answer:
Hi, please try turning on from inside the home. Do you hear a click? If so then your motor is indeed dead. If not then you need a new relay or circuit board.

Beam 660 Vacuum
Question:
Vacuum is Model 660 installed 1988. I don't have any paperwork on it. Leaves musty, old smell in room where motor is mounted after being run. Can weighted bag hanging above canister be replaced on it?
Answer:
Hi, you can a whole paper towel misted with Lysol, down the hose and into the system to kill the odors. Do this at every inlet. Hold the corner and suck in the opposite corner first. For the center weighted bag, you can change it. To remove, grab a top side and pull directly inward with force. The outer rim flexes and the entire bag falls out. We have two diameters to replace it with. Measure your can for the proper one http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=711b,710b.

Gor-Tex Bag Available?
Question:
Can Gortex filters be ordered - I need one soon!
Answer:
Hi, yes, we have the larger 14" diameter Gor-Tex bag here http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=711B. Please measure your diameter first, the diameter of the unit.

Beam Model 183 Replacement Motor
Question:
I need to rplace the motor on my Beam model 183, could you tell me which model of replacement motor I should order as I can\'t seem to see it on your site. Harry
Answer:
Hi Harry, the motor you need is most likely the 116765 motor you see here http://builtinvacuum.com/help/beam/motor.html. Click on the details link so you can compare. Call us and we'd be glad to find out which motor you need. Please be with the motor so we can ask a few questions.

Beam Model 100, Anniversary 1976-1996
Question:
Central Vacuum Beam Model 100, Anniversary 1976-1996 Require new motor are they still available 11 Amps 120V LR53516
Answer:
Hi, take a look at this motor http://builtinvacuum.com/parts/motor/115334.html. It should be the same as yours. Go over the dimensions and look of it and it should match up as the exact replacement. If not please let us know.

Vacuum Trips Circuit Breaker, Smells
Question:
Hi, I have a Beam Vacuum system built into my house which has been working fine for the past four years. The Beam vacuum has now started to Trip the fuse box. There is a burning smaell at the vacuum unit itself. Has my motor had it? or could it be something else??
Answer:
Hi, it is for sure the motor. We recommend replacing it. It is not difficult to do. Find your brand and then the motor http://builtinvacuum.com/help/index.html.

Minibreaker Trips Quickly
Question:
I have a beam vacuum model 371. I plugged in the hose and the vaccum was working fine then it just quit. I inspected the unit and realized the mini breaker was tripped. I reset the breaker while the hose was unplugged and the circuit breaker light stayed green. When I reinserted the hose it would trip the breaker again. Any thoughts? Mark from Woodbridge.
Answer:
Hi Mark, 99% of the time that means the motor is bad. Rarely to the minibreakers fail. Get to the motor and start it. Look for blue sparking that wraps all the way around the inside of the motor. If you see it then replace the motor. Or if there is burning smell then replace it.

Unit Turns On By Itself
Question:
We have a Beam Heavy Duty Central Vac System Model 294. The system has been running fine until this morning. I discovered that the unit was going ON and OFF by itself. There was no hose hooked up to the ports to make contact connection. I unplugged the system and emptied the waste canister. Then I checked the wiring on all port connections and all wiring. I replugged the unit and the GREEN light was on. After several minutes of quiet, the system started to turn ON then OFF by itself. Any idea what's causing this? Thank you. Pete
Answer:
Hi, unplug the wire, the speaker or phone looking wire from the unit. See if it turns on. If it does then replace the relay. If not then you will have to find the short in your system or move to a radio frequency product for about $200.

Completely Dead
Question:
Hi I have a beam model 371 and one day it completely didn't work. The green light is on when plugged in however it does not turn on. Any ideas on what may be the problem. Thanks Ed
Answer:
Hi Ed, use this guide to find the issue and the solution www.builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html. It sounds like it would be the motor needs replacing.

Unit Switch Works but Not Hose
Question:
My Beam 240vac 1300W unit will not turn on via 24vdc relay. man switch works. Small spark is seen when LV terminals are shorted but still will not operate relay. Replaced relay and still no go. Any ideas. Tim
Answer:
Hi Tim, did you try to short the contacts in the inlet suction hole? Use foil. If they start the suction then your hose is the issue.

Beam 183 Motor Replacement
Question:
We have a BEAM Central Vacuum Cleaner Model 183, Serial# 47673 Amps 12 Cycle AC-60 Volts 115 We need to replace the motor - what motor do we need, the cost and the shipping costs to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Thanks for your help, Jim
Answer:
Hi Jim, you most likely take this motor http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=199,221,how2mtr. But you can use the Beam motor guide http://builtinvacuum.com/help/beam/motor.html to see others used in that model number range. Please add the motor to the cart and click on the Canada Only Checkout. We have a very dynamic system that give you shipping options with and without duty paid and we require only your address. You will be pleasantly surprised at our offerings and the low cost and inclusive options.

Remove Cloth Bag
Question:
Can you tell me how to replace the cloth bag inside my unit? I've lost the instructions. I have a RugMaster Plus wall-hung unit. Thanks Joe - Maryville, IL.
Answer:
To remove the center-weighted cloth filter grab a top side and pull directly inward. The stiff, flexible, outer rim flexes in and the bag falls with the sewn in rim. To replace, bend the rim in to have it snap back in place.

Nozzle Stalls on Carpet
Question:
I have a Beam Classis central vac system about 2 1/2 years old. Attachments are the Advocate series. When using the floor brush with suction only, I have no problem. When I use the electric power head for my carpets, the power head unit stalls out (red light comes on). I lift the power head off from the carpet and it starts up again, only to stall out again within the next few passes over the carpet. I cleaned the brush bar, but this did not remedy the problem. Any suggestions? Thanks
Answer:
Hi, take the brush roll out and clean the bushings on the sides. They are probably packed with hair and lint.

Upgrade Unit, Compare Stats
Question:
i have a beam 199f in my shop and i was looking at changing to a dust collector with a little bit more suction, and i was wondering what the cfm on the vac was so i could upgrade properly. thanks brad.
Answer:
Hi Brad, upgrading to a disposable bag unit is a great idea. Every few months when the bag is changed all the debris that begins to clog any filter will be totally removed. You get less smell, less clog, better cleaning. Looking at the CFM is a great idea but only half the vacuum equation. If there is not force or torque to keep CFM going then it quickly dies out upon resistance. There is where waterlift, or sealed suction, when there is zero CFM comes into play. You really need both and that is where AirWatts comes in which is a made up equation using both measurements. Our most recent units have 653 Airwatts and run on 16 amps, so any retrofit application is a target. Look up our SilentMaster S44 or FloMaster M85. Great machines, for a great price.

Warranty Please
Question:
Purchased 30ft Beam central vac hose in 4/08. Has a short somewhere in hose, will not power carpet sweeper attachment. Will you honor your two year warranty? This replaced a 5 year old Beam hose. Honestly I expected more from your product.
Answer:
Hi, yes we'll be more than glad to honor our warranty. Please call us as soon as you can. Our hoses are made by the same manufacturer as Beam's where five years ago and the quality is really good, however, as will all product there is a small failure rate. We'd like to trouble shoot it over the phone, if you don't mind. Please call 800-997-2278 M-Th PST.

Motor or Minibreaker?
Question:
My unit quit and the circuit breaker won't stay pushed in? It just springs back out when you push it in. Is this a bad circuit breaker or a motor?
Answer:
Hi, you need a new motor. Rarely when the motor goes bad does it also ruin the minibreaker.

Beam 199F?
Question:
i have a beam model 199f i need a new circuit relay board this one has the little green led light paul
Answer:
Hi Paul, this board doesn't have the "dummy" light but is made by the same company for the same purpose otherwise. It may mount a little different too. Your call on buying it, but it is a fantastic price for something that will do its job.

Beam 178 Replacement Filter
Question:
I have a Beam 178 central vac and the filter or bag is totally clogged with dust. Can I get a replacement? It came with the house.
Answer:
Hi, take a look at these two bags and check your diameter for which one fits. http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=711b,710b

Motor or Board Sparking?
Question:
I have a Beam 725 classic. It shot sparks out from the low voltage terminal and had an electrical burning smell. It popped the mini circuit breaker on the unit. I reset the circuit and tried again to see where the short was. It sparked again, the motor ran briefly and then it stopped without popping the breaker. I assume it burned the circuit board out. Is this a circuit board gone bad or is the motor the root problem and it caused the board to go out? I hate to repleace the board just to have it blown again, but also don't want to spend hundreds on a motor when it is okay. If it is a board issue, which one should I order? The parts are still under warranty, but the labor will be at least $125 for the dealer to fix. If it is just a board, I can do that. Thanks, David
Answer:
Hi David, 99.9% of the time it is the motor sparking. Remove the motor housing and check it out. The motor is going bad, throwing sparks, heating up, smelling, and popping the minibreaker sometimes. Rarely does the board go out but when it does it is when the motor is going bad usually. The thermal sensor is overheated. Most often one would replace the motor and then replace the board if it is damaged. You can use the motors found here http://builtinvacuum.com/help/beam/motor.html and the circuit board #235S (save money and use this standard one made by the same company).

Motor Sparking - Replace?
Question:
Beam Mod 697C 240V one motor sparking bad from brushes. Replace brushes or replace motor?? If replace what motor required?? Present motor Lamb 7123-00.
Answer:
Hi, if the motor is over 5 or 6 years then we usually suggest replacing the motor. Once the brushes go then the armature is damaged and the next brushes go real quick. Your call. We have brushes here: http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=210X   Or motor replacement here http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=199X,221,how2mtr

Replace Unit - More Power
Question:
Bob Celestine, indiana. I have a Beam 189d and am not pleased with the suction. It is 10 years old but has never had what I expected. Is there a replacement motor or unit that will increase the suction?
Answer:
Hi, you can replace the entire unit, not the motor. The motor is made for the size of the vacuum and its electronics. We suggest a new unit with over 500 AirWatts (yours has about 450). We have a great new model of central vacuum with 650 AirWatts that would fit your system and electrical outlet. It is the SilentMaster S44 or FloMaster M85.  Please go there and look up a dealer or give us a call www.builtinvacuum.com/find-dealers.html.

Motor Slows and Stops
Question:
I have a beam central vac system. The motor will start and run for a few seconds then slow down and finally stop. There is no noise like a bad bearing or other indicators of mechanical defects. Any suggestions? Thanks, Tom Mascoutah, IL
Answer:
Hi Tom, that is typically a motor going bad. You can slap the machine and see if that helps it run longer but you'll most likely need a new motor which isn't hard to put in.

Intelliwatch System Early Failure?
Question:
I have a beam central vacuum with the intelliwatch system. The light is normally green and changes colours to indicate when to empty the canister or when service is requiredis and to indicate when the brushes need replacing. The light is now flashing red. The owners manual states: Power unit stops, locking out the low voltage. The unit can only be operated manually, using the on/off switch mounted on the machine until a service call is made. The intelliWatch must be reset by an authorized service center in order for the unit to function properly again. User cannot reset this function. When I inspected the brushes they looked only about half worn. It looks like beam has forces purchaser to pay for a premature service call. Do you know how to reset the IntelliWatch. John Coquitlam BC Can
Answer:
Thank you for contacting MD Manufacturing regarding your Beam Central Vacuum.  We do not manufacture this product but would love to assist you in resolving this issue.  I doubt that Beam intended for this particular unit to lock you out so prematurely.  The technology is rather new and we suspect that a setting was not properly calibrated and that likely the unit does not require any serious service.  We suggest that you contact your local Beam representative to have the unit inspected.  Beam is usually good about resolving things like this and you can also contact Beam directly at their beamvac .com website.

Beam President's Ed. Filtration
Question:
I have a Beam President's Edition 2000 central vac. model 372PE. There is no bag for this. Should there be? How do I clean the filter? Thank you
Answer:
Hello, the bottom of the unit is removed and the dirty, center-weighted, semi-permanent cloth bag hangs down. Put a plastic bag up over the bottom of the unit, grab the cloth filter and shake it. Put the bottom back on after emptying it. That is how you maintain this type of vacuum unit. There are replacement filters. To remove grab an upper edge and pull to the middle. The stiff outer rim of the bag flexes and the bag falls down. Here are replacements, measure yours first: http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=710AV,710B

Half Power
Question:
I HAVE TWO BEAM OUTLETS THAT ONLY SEEM TO HAVE HALF POWER, THE LIGHT DOESN'T COME ON THE HEAD
Answer:
Hello, usually Beam units only have one motor so that is most likely not the issue, the motor. You probably have a clog. Follow solution number three here for help www.builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html.

Beam 199SE/199H Motor
Question:
I have a Beam 199SE/199H central vac which needs a motor. I do not see the exact model in your website. can you help me choose the correct replacement motor. We need part # 140222 can you give me a price plus deliverey cost Thank-you
Answer:
Hello, this motor is the one for 140222 as far as we know. http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=199,221,how2mtr&qty=1,1&title=Motor+for+Beam+199+All+Models. Please measure the total height of yours and compare it. Let us know if you have any questions. If this is not the correct motor please call us when you are near the motor and have a ruler. Thanks.

Beam 253 Filter 110230
Question:
Have a Beam Model 253. Need a replacement filter bag # 110230. Is this correct number for this model? If so, where might I locate one . Thanks, Bob ( Bryan, OH)
Answer:
Hi Bob, take a look at these two bags. The one that looks the most like yours will be an excellent replacement. In our industry there are only so many bag styles so it is easy to find replacements. Let us know if you have more questions http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=723EB,723

Beam 371 Motor
Question:
I have a Beam central vac and the motor needs to be replaced. The unit was purchased in 1994. It is a model 371. What would the cost be to purchase a new motor and have it shipped to Canada[Ontario][Canadian dollars please]? I have purchased a new Beam unit out of necessity but am considering repairing the older model. What as well is the warranty on a new replacement motor? Thanks for your consideration. Sean Kirley.
Answer:
Hi Sean, here is the vacuum motor for your Beam 371 http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=199,221,how2mtr. You'll have to see our shipping options in the pre-checkout screen since it requires your postal number. The warranty is one year. Thank you.

Upgrade Beam Unit and Accessories
Question:
Lori - Eads, CO I have a Beam 2250D - had it for 6 years. I had the brushes replaced in the motor when it quit working. It emits lots of black (carbon dust?) all over the wall next to the vacuum. If I were to buy a bigger and newer unit, would everything work with my existing pipe? Also, if I were not to replace the unit, and purchase a new corded hose and a new power head, which would be compatible with my existing unit? Or, which one is the best? Thank you!
Answer:
Hello Lori, it is not uncommon for well used motors to shred the new carbon brushes. That motor is really powerful but may have been hindered by the build up of dirt in the permanent filter. Try a central vacuum with a disposable filter (costs less than $20/yr in bags). And yes a new unit will fit right into your existing system. You may need a bit of pipe and an elbow to make the simple connection though. There are some more powerful units that run on a regular home breakers. The SilentMaster S44, ModernDay K, and FloMaster M85. For the accessory kit there is the Stealth and EdgeLift. They are electric and our top sellers. They clean great. Let us know how we can help you futher. Here is a link to information about upgrading your Beam www.builtinvacuum.com/help/beam.html.

Replace Circuit Board & Minibreaker
Question:
In regards to the question on the Beam 199-D, the breaker is on the circuit board. thank you Mike
Answer:
Hi Mike, we do have a solution for you. Please call us at your convenience.

Unit Cuts Off
Question:
My Beam Central Vac Model 199D will run approx 30 min then cuts off. Base unit will not come on. The next day it will come on and again run for about 30 minutes. What should I do?
Answer:
Hi, it sounds like your minibreaker is overheating. That is usually because the motor is going bad and throwing the heat sensitive device off. Sometimes the minibreaker can go bad, but that is rare. You can replace the motor or continue to use it until the half hour becomes less and too annoying. You can find your motor on this website.

Resetting Beam Intelliwatch Board
Question:
Have A beam vacuum with the intelliwatch system, just went red. I tried the reset method on the board but with no luck. Is there any other way of resetting the intelliwatch board.
Answer:
Please contact our offices at 1-800-997-2278 (M-TH 7-5 PST) for more information.

Wands for my Beam tools
Question:
I purchased a house with Be3am Model 294, Serial 97969. There are no wand extensions for the hose or tools. What do I need? Linda, Minnesota
Answer:
Good Morning, Please contact our offices at 1-800-997-2278 (M-TH 7-5 PST) as we need to gather more information in order to determine which wands you need.

Beam 353 Motor
Question:
replacement motor for beam model 353 central vacuum motor?
Answer:
Hello, we don't have a cross reference for that model. However, if you click the motor that looks most like yours you will be able to use the measurements to verify it for sure. http://builtinvacuum.com/help/beam/motor.html

Good and Bad Suction
Question:
I have a Beam central vac with a pistol style electric hose for a power brush. It starts up when turned on with good suction but it loses suction very quickly. Is this a filter issue or could it be a switch that is failing. When you turn off the switch, as it shuts down the suction picks up for a second before the power shuts down completely. Thanks, Ellen, Simsbury, CT
Answer:
Hello Ellen, please empty your unit and reach up to clean the filter, or remove it completely. Test the suction now and see what happens.

Change Filter? Fuller Suction?
Question:
Name:Peggy City: Eden Prairie, MN. We have a Beam Model 294. The suction from the unit is minimal. How do we change the filter? Notation on unit states "Self Cleaning Filter". Hose is clear as are pipes. Cannot find manual. How can we get full suction? Thanks
Answer:
Peggy, try vacuuming off the inverted filter bag in your unit.

Turns On By Itself
Question:
I have a Beam model 697C serial # 950426862 240 volt unit, we have several long lines. The unit will turn itself on at times, not everyday but often. Can you tell me what kind of filter I can put on the system to dampen noise if this is the problem? Steffen Thomas Buckhead, Ga.
Answer:
Hello Stephen, central vacs turn on and off with a control wire to every inlet valve (99.9% of the time). We have seen this wire compromised before as a result of construction or rodents. Try disconnecting the wire from the unit and see if it still does this.

Very Noisy
Question:
Excessive Noise From BEAM RUGMASTER PLUS ELECTRIC POWERHEAD Hello ,I have two Beam Rugmaster Plus Central Vacuming Units and both powerheads are making excessive noise. Do I need to replace the agitator or any of the parts or should I just replace the whole assembly on both? My model number is BM1393, thanks
Answer:
Hello, both heads should be replaced and you have options besides the Beam products. Our products use the new version of the same hose you have but allows 27% more airflow through it. Our vacuum head "Stealth" from Italy is the best on the market. Stealth will not fit on your older hoses so you'd need an entire Stealth Kit (www.builtinvacuum.com/stealth-kit/) and only we offer the preferred Stealth II version. If you still want to replace the Beam Rugmaster Powerheads then you'll have to find a dealer who stocks that product. Have a great day and thanks for writing.

Rough Sound, Burning Smell
Question:
I have a Beam 2100 that the motor has been sounding very rough. Tonight it had a burning smell and sounded as if it had a broken bearing. it tripped the breaker. It would restart but sounded so rough we had to turn it off. Any Ideas? Thanks, Mike Thomas Greenwood ,S.C.
Answer:
Hello Mike, these are classic signs of one thing...the motor is dead. It is not hard to replace the motor and here it is with instructions http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=199,221,how2mtr&qty=1,1&title=Motor+for+Beam

Beam 167 Bag Options
Question:
This is Steve in Racine, WI. I am trying to find a replacement HEPA bag or bags for a Beam Model 167C, III Classic central vacuum system. The bag capacity is 5 gallons and the hose mount is pretty common. Any help would be appreciated.
Answer:
Hello Steve, there are two options and amazingly the better bag is a lot less expensive and is a microfilter. Our purchasing department has done a great job getting these bags at a great price. http://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=723,723MF-5

Resetting Beam IntelliWatch
Question:
Have a Beam Serenity Model 2250D central vac with an IntelliWatch system. The LED light is light solid red indicating that the motor brushes need to be replaced. When I do so, I will need to reset the led back to its normally off state. How do I do this? Thanks, Harry
Answer:
To reset the motorbrush timer on the Beam IntelliWatch we have been told that you use the following sequence.  This has not been verified by Beam but we believe it is the correct procedure:
1. Unplug Power Unit
2. Plug in hose
3. Turn hose low voltage switch to the “on” position
4. Turn switch on power unit to the “on” position (It won’t turn on because it is not plugged in.)
5. Plug in power unit to electrical source.
By starting up the power unit with the low voltage switches in the “on” position it supposedly overrides the computer board set-up and resets the computer.

Need Relay / Circuit Board
Question:
I have a Beam m/n 297 s/n 79405. When plugged in the motor runs all the time, even when I disconnect the low voltage leads from the house. I believe the relay is bad. My relay is an Essex relay with '8933' printed on it; it has 4 leads, but 3 of the leads have two wires on each lead. What is the correct relay for this machine? Thanks!
Answer:
We have circuit boards that Beam owners have successfully used without our suggesting so, and we usually just suggest they find a Beam dealer for the board. We sell upgrades and replacements if you need other things though like a great Stealth Attachment Kit.

Where is the MiniBreaker?
Question:
where would the mini breaker be?
Answer:
On the Beam canister it is located near where the wire from the vacuum pipe is connected. MiniBreakers have a white button that pops out when over heated (usually because the motor is going bad).

Click but No Suction
Question:
I have a Beam Model 381 all of a sudden will not start when the hose is plugged into a wall outlet. The unit was installed when the house was built about 15 years ago. I checked out the unit, the green light is on so its getting power. The circuit breaker does not appear to have popped out. The manual switch does not start the unit. If I lay a screwdriver across the low-voltage terminals I can hear a click. Does this sound like a burned out motor?
Answer:
You are experiencing a dead motor, exactly. Good job narrowing it down!

Beam 361 with Low Suction
Question:
I have a beam 361 model that I purchased in 1997 and it does not seem to have the suction power it used to have. I have checked for clogged pipes, exhaust,washed out the filter,tried a brand new hose on it and even took apart the motor but everything checks out okay. I remember that when I purchased it I was told there was a lifetime warranty on the unit but now the dealer says there is not. Can you shed some light on this and also the approx. cost of a new motor. I am located in Canada so I dont know if this changes warranty.
Answer:
If it has two minibreakers then it has two motors and one motor could be down. Search for Beam Canada regarding the warranty. If you need a motor, find the Lamb Ametek number you need and give us a call.

Cloth vs Gortex
Question:
Is there a performance difference between a replacement bag made of cloth or gortex? Thanks
Answer:
We think there is not a difference. Dirt you vacuum this week will still be stuck to the bag next year.

Replacing Inverted Weighted Cloth
Question:
I have a Beam 199D model. It still works well, but do I need to replace the bag which is inside the canister or is this a lifelong bag? It has the weighted material inside the bag which is some type of cleaner or filters in themselves.
Answer:
It should be replaced every few years. Here are the ones we sell. Measure diameter to know the correct one to buy. Pull yours out buy grabbing the top side and pulling inward.

Debris Inside Cloth Filter
Question:
I have debris on the inside of the invertible bag on the new Beam 750A I have just purchased. Is this normal?
Answer:
All inverted cloth filters have a weighted center that feels like debris but isn't.

Unit Shuts On and Off
Question:
My Beam Central Vac is model 284 and runs good for about 15 minutes and then shuts down. I reset it and it will run again for a short time. Can you suggest what the problem and remedy may be?
Answer:
Your motor needs to be replaced. This is the motor we show for your model.

Replace Motor on Old Unit
Question:
I have a Beam that is 29 years old. It has given me great service up until now. I think that the motor is shot. It would not come on, then it did come on. Well now it is not working at all. How do I find out what replacement motor to buy? Do you still have parts for such an old motor? If not how do I find out what vacuum is the best to replace this one. Thank you for your on line help. I will wait to hear from you.
Answer:
You can by a new central vacuum - any brand you want, or you can replace the motor. It is still available for replacement but don't know which one exactly. It is easy for us to figure out which motor it is if you have in front of you with a ruler and you call us.

Burn Smell at Unit
Question:
I have a Beam model 190 that will start both at the hose or the base unit and will shut off 5 seconds later with a burn smell in the air. The reset button can be used to get the vacuum to work again but after 5 seconds it shuts off again. Any answers? Thank you, Chris Gunn
Answer:
That is the smell of a bad motor. As it heats up it may also pop your minibreaker. Replacing the motor is not difficult to do. Here are the parts and instructions.

Beam 2500 Motors Not Working
Question:
MY BEAM 2500 (SER.#972127213) IS COMING UP ON 10 YEARS OLD AND HAS FINALLY QUIT WORKING. IT WAS SUCKING UNTIL IT SHUT DOWN, TRIPPED THE CIRCUIT BREAKER AND EMITTED THAT WONDERFUL SMELL OF FRIED WIRE INSULATION. I SUSPECT ONE OR BOTH MOTORS HAVE BURNED OUT. THE QUESTION IS WHY. I'VE CHECKED THE PIPES FOR OBSTRUCTIONS AND CHECKED AIRFLOW AT EACH (5) INLET. THE MOTOR SOUNDED THE SAME EACH PLACE. SO I'M LEFT WITH FAILED MOTORS. COULD ONE HAVE FAILED AND,SOMEHOW, TAKEN THE OTHER ONE WITH IT? IS THERE SOMETHING I AM MISSING. ALSO, SHOULD THE BAG BE SUCKED UP WHEN THE MOTOR WAS TURNED ON?
Answer:
Sounds like your motors have used up thier 800, or so, hours of use. They usually do not go bad at the same time though, if you are saying they are both dead. A clog will not do this. Try using our troubleshooting chart. And yes, the bag gets sucked up when turned on.

Beam 294 Motor
Question:
what would the cost be for a new motor for a beam 294 series approx. 22years old we would also need a new power head is this something would could purchase from you Thank You, Brett Gourley
Answer:
The Beam 294 most likely took the 115334 motor. Please do a visual to be sure. We highly recommend replacing the hose and vacuum both. They will connect together perfectly and you will gain 27% more airflow. We suggest the Stealth Kit.

Will Not Shut-Off
Question:
my central vacuum system will not shut off...any thoughts?
Answer:
It is either a low voltage short in the wiring throughout your home, or it is a bad relay. Follow the troubleshooting guide to quickly find out.

Larger Motor Available?
Question:
I have a Beam model 297S and plan on replacing the motor but was wondering if there is an optional motor available with noticeably more suction?
Answer:
Good question and the answer is the vacuum is made for this particular motor, from its mounting to electronics. A new motor will feel stronger. Also, have you replaced the permanent cloth filter? That will help the suction.

Beam 199C Motor
Question:
I have a Beam 199c model with serial #76864. My motor went but I cannot find the replacement motor model #. What motor do I need and what is the price? Thanks Ann Penner
Answer:
Please see the Beam motor section. The 199 (all models) is the third row down and it shows the possibility of two different motors. A simple visual comparison with your vacuum motor will yield the match.

Beam 119ED Motor
Question:
I have a 240 volt Beam 199ED & need a new motor/fan. I cannot see the model in your list, is there another replacement motor to fit?
Answer:
There is a cross reference here on the third row that applies to all 199 models. http://builtinvacuum.com/help/beam.html#motors

Eureka CV1801 circuit board?
Question:
will this work on my Eureka CV1801 'D'? Thanks for the online help....I found out it was not the motor w/out electrocuting myself, Jim
Answer:
It is close but not the exact replacement. It does work for all 110 volt single motor central vacuums. We've had homeowners use it without much trouble at all because of the cost savings. It works great. You can try calling Eureka for that part or do a close comparison using the photo online.

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