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Flo-Lite Central Vacuum Surging Power

I have a flo-lite model 26, full cyclonic cleaning system. The other day I used it for a longer time than usual to clean cat hair from the window curtains. Now the motor revs up and slows down continuously until we unplug the main unit. Would a clogged filter cause this issue or does the motor need to be replaced? This happened once before but seemed to work its own way through without any intervention.

Answer:

Be sure to clean any screen that is under the motor by reaching up from underneath. However, the issue you describe is usually a circuit board problem (which is not affected by using it for a longer period). If it doesn't fix itself then look into replacing the electronics (circuit board or relay if separate components). Rarely is this a motor issue.

Rattling Noise at Unit

I have a vacuflo 460 installed in 1997. Lately when running there is rattling noise - makes me think of a bad bearing -- is that a typical failure point? If not, where to look for the cause? Dave - Yardley, PA.

Answer:

It could be a piece of debris hanging from your filter. It can also be the motor bearing or fan blades which can be failure points. We usually recommend using the motor until it fails or has low suction. The solution for any of these motor problems is a complete new replacement motor. Rebuilding them is as expensive and requires motor expertise.

Motor Replacement for Vacuflo 17 (6392-00)

I have a Vacuflo model 17. I am trying to find a replacement motor for it. There are two numbers stamped on the old motor. 650697F and 6392-00. Nether match two anything you show. Can you help me out? Thanks.

Answer:

The replacement motor for your Vacuflo Model 17 system is Lamb Ametek Motor #119412 - Item #206G. If you prefer to place your order over the phone, please contact our Customer Service Team at 1-800-997-2278. We look forward to hearing from you.

Motor Cycles - Bad Motor or Electronics?

We recently purchased a home with a Vacuflo 5600 installed in 2007. When the main unit is plugged into the power outlet it begins "cycling". That is, it switches on as though a switch was flipped on and off, then winds down. Before it completely winds down, it turns on again and the cycle is repeated. I have disconnected the low voltage wires and it doesn't run when plugged in. With the low voltage wires plugged in and the canister removed, it runs continuously. Does this description narrow the problem down any further than "it's the low voltage wiring"? Thanks very much for any help you can provide.

Answer:
Run another test please. Get it to run continuously and see if it stays on for 15 minutes. Usually this exact issue is a motor problem. The motor seems to run great but only because the tank was jarred causing the motor or "reset" but not for long. With the low voltage disconnected it has nothing to do with low voltage. The only other issue could be the relay/circuit board but it usually isn't. Let us know what you find on this test.

Replaced Motor - Now Shuts Off in Minutes

I have a Vacuflo 466Q and replaced motor and brushes 2 months ago. Suction is better than ever. However, after about 5 mins of continous use, system shuts off, requires a reset, and then repeats again in a few minutes. What could be the problem? Thanks. John, Rochester NY

Answer:
Hopefully it is only the minibreaker. We see them fail after a motor replacement every so often. We have replacement minibreakers and circuit boards (if that is what is in your unit) here https://builtinvacuum.com/parts/electrical-parts.html

New to Central Vac

I just purchased a home with an H-P Vacuflo Model 26. How can I get a hold of an owners manual. I'd like to make sure it's working properly and also do any preventive maintenance that may be required. Thanks ...

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Congratulations on the home and vac! We don't have a manual for it but the manufacturer is at vacuflo.com. Nevertheless we can help you. Use this guide to thoroughly checkout the system and test it www.builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html. The main thing you'll learn from a manual is to empty and clean the unit. Detach the bucket from the unit and dump it carefully into a trash bag. Reach up into the unit and clean off the screen. That is basically it. There is no oiling or anything like that. Let us know how things go. We have parts and accessories for the system here https://builtinvacuum.com/help/vacuflo-dirt-devil.html

Vacuflo 566Q Black Dust On Unit

Vacuflo 566Q Keeps shutting off. After about 10 minutes the circuit breaker on the unit activates and turns the unit off. My unit also has the black carbon dust on the PVC pipes just outside the motor housing. Do I need to replace both the motor and the circuit board? Thanks for your help

Answer:
The black carbon dust is from the motor which would expain the unit turning off. Your circuit board should be just fine, change only the motor and you're back in business!

460 Motor Needed

Hello i have 460 vacuflo, 2 days ago we had a loud noise that came out and burned smell that came out of our vacuflo unit.. Is there anything we can do it ourselves to try to fix it? please help!! we have 4 pets and alot of hair..:) we need our vaccum back ASAP.. thank you..Tina

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Hello, we show the motor as the first one on this chart https://builtinvacuum.com/help/vacuflo-dirt-devil/motor.html. However, you should also call 800Vacuflo to verify it. If you get the motor from them or us, then you can quite easily replace it yourself.

TurboCat Parts

I have a TurboCat and it has broken twice. I currently have a refurbished unit from the local Central Vac store, but it there any way to buy parts for these things instead of having to buy another one when one thing breaks? I really don't want to spend $80-140 when I could buy a $2 part and fix what is broken. Looks like someone has us consumers by the gonads!

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Yes, there are TurboCat parts available. Please check out our TurboCat parts to see what is available.

Vacuflo 26 Relay Clicks

We have a model 26 vacuflo. The motor will not run, but the relay picks up when the door is opened. It appears we cannot reset the mini-breaker; the button will not move in or out. If the relay picks up could the circuit protector, mini-breaker be bad? I have not tried to jumper out the breaker while opening the vacuum door. Should I try that? It appears to be nearly impossible to replace the mini-breaker only. Is that the case? What else should I try? Gary Boldenow

Answer:
The relay is trying to turn on the motor, that is the clicking sound. Your motor is dead and needs to be replaced. You can find the correct replacement motor here, https://builtinvacuum.com/help/vacuflo-dirt-devil/motor.html

Remove Unit from Wall

Vacuflo 460. No suction at all. I have a clog and was told by my installer to take the unit off the wall and check the elbows closest to the unit. There are two wires connected to the unit that I am thinking are grounding wires but I can't see how to disconnect them. Any suggestions?

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Checking the first few feet of pipe at the unit is important. The two wires are the low voltage wires used for starting the vacuum and turning it off. They should be plugged into the unit and you can pull them free. Also, you may want to run through this guide first to see if the clog is somewhere else www.builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html

Unit Shutting Off, Running Hot

We have a 460Q model. A year ago we replaced the motor and relay but still having same problem. The unit will run for 5-10min. and then shutoff. I have to hit the reset switch. If I go outside to the unit, I can feel the heat on the vac system. Could it be the motor is bad? Could it be something wrong with the piping system with either a leak to prevent vacuum from being pulled or something clogging pipes? thought it might be cloged pipeing so we used a pipe wire and ran it to the first outlet but did not find anything clogging the pipe. Is there equipment we can rent or buy to help trouble shoot? We live away from Houston area so geting someont out here is expensive.

Answer:
The most likely problem is low airflow that is causing the unit to run hot and trip the heat sensor. Check your filters, most Vacuflo are cyclonic filtration systems and have a metal screen just before the motor that can become clogged. If all filters are clear, check your exhaust for blockage.

Unit Will Not Turn On

Folks, I have the VacuFlow 460, now 14 years old. It has been working fine, but today...nothing! It is getting juice from the power outlet. There doesn't seem to be a reset button on the 460...am I wrong? Thank you for any input. Your site has already been quite helpful! -Bob from Belmont, Ma

Answer:
Try testing the motors for power. Connect 120v directly to the motors and plug it in. If the motors turn on, then you know they are good and the problem is elsewhere. Follow our troubleshooting guide to narrow down the issue at https://builtinvacuum.com/education/troubleshoot.html

Vacuflo 360 Motor Brushes

we have a vacuflo model 360 that won't turn on. can we buy replacement brushes for the motor?. some black dust but no burn smell at all.

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You can find the correct replacement motor brushes for your system here, https://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=212

Switch Out - Rotate Hose to Operate

My on off switch is not working on the handle of the hose. When the hose is plugged into the vacuflo system and rotated a small amount the system seems to work properly. Will it harm my system to operate it without the on/off switch? Can this be replaced, or will I need to purchase a new handle? Thank you for your assistance.

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It will not hurt to run the vacuum without the switch. Rotating the hose simply acts as the switch in the wall valve. The two little contacts end up sitting on the same metal plate on the hose end which makes it start. We have a switch here if your handle looks like the one in the photo https://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=382H,382S.

VacuFlo 760 Won't Turn On

Own a Vacuflo 760. Was working fine then moved hose to another location and Nothing happened. Checked breaker- it was fine. Tried another hose. Same thing- dead. Went outside to main unit and plugged hose into second leg attached to the 760 and it DID turn on . All outlets inside house are dead. Any ideas?

Answer:
Sounds like you have a break in your low voltage line that runs along the pipe back to the unit. This wire is what tells the vacuum to turn from inside your home. Follow our troubleshooting guide to help determine where the break may be. https://builtinvacuum.com/education/troubleshoot.html

Removed Top Filter, Runs Now

I have the 560 vacuflo that was installed in 1998 (question previously asked last month). I have since taken off the top lid/and filter. Have not had a problem since. Is this a circuit board heat related issue? Can my husband replace that if that is the problem and do I order the parts from you? Thanks! Patty Beatrice NE

Answer:
That is a filter that keeps debris from entering into the cooling air fan. If it was clogged then the motor and/or circuit board was overheating. But it can also be the motor going bad. Because you toyed with the unit you allowed the motor to find fresh positions with the motor brush. Continue to run the unit as is and see what happens. You will probably find that it over heats again, meaning you need a new motor.

One Year Old Motor Bad?

Have a 560 model, we installed in 1998. Replaced motor 1 year ago. Now it intermittently shuts off, anywhere after 1 min.to 5 min. of use. If you leave it plugged in it will start up on its own from 1 to 10 minutes later or if I have enough energy I will run downstairs and tap or hit unit and it will start right up. But again it will quickly shut off. Is this a circuit board or relay problem? The unit doesn't feel hot and I do frequently clean off the screen. Thank you so much for you help. We do live about 3hours from the nearest service center. Patty Beatrice, NE

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Based on the young motor age it should be the circuit board (actually the mini breaker on the board). But, it may be a diffective motor. There is really no way to tell easily. The motor should be opened up and the motor brushes and armature looked at. Try to go back to the reseller and get some help.

Clogged Pipes?

We have a vacuflo--the downstairs vents are working fine, but the 2 upstairs are not working at all--there is no sound at all when they are opened and the hose does not turn on after being plugged in. Sally-Woodbridge, VA

Answer:
It sounds like you have a clog. You can use the solutions under #3 found here www.builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html, or look in your yellow pages for any vacuum system dealer that has experience with this, regardless of the brand.

Dust in Garage or Basement

we just moved into a 5 year old house with a Vaccuflow 260 vaccuum unit. When ever the unit runs - there is a good amount of fine dust that blows around in our garage. There also does not seem to be a filter with the unit. Is there a filter? and just wondering if there are any options for reducing the dust that is blown around? thanks

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Hello, the Vacuflo unit should be exhausted to the outside. The majority of Vacuflo's do not have a fine filter, only a screen just under the motor. This screen should be cleaned off each time you empty the bucket. Reach up and scrape it off (where a dust mask, if you wish).

No Suction After Emptying

I recently purchased a home that has the Vacuflo 560 system. I cleaned the bucket and the screen. Put the bucket back on and now there is very little suction. I have check the hose and it is not clogged. Bucket is seated properly. I have also tried other areas of the house for plugging into the system and it does not improve and maybe worse farther away from the main unit. This all seems to have occured after cleaning the bucket. Any ideas or suggestions you would be very much appreciated.

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Either there is air getting into the pipes before they reach the unit or the screen up inside the unit is clogged. How does the suction feel if you disconnect the intake pipe from the unit?

Vacuflo 26 Motor

i have a mdoel 26 purchased in 1984 the motor is out. we need the motor and the housing that i think is all one unit the series is i need it ups to my office pierce equipment 9685 west 55th countryside, il dan pierce m26 450a295 part #115334 bottom of motor 110584p

Answer:
The motor you need is here https://builtinvacuum.com/parts/motor/115334.html. It is in stock ready to ship. The motor is new and complete, upper and lower.

Manual Works, Not Automatic

Ed Tolland Ma.....The vacuume runs on manual only it will not turn on when set to automatic...none of the breakers are tripped....is this the relay??

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Hi, it sounds like the low voltage from the vacuum unit is not getting to the wall inlets in the home. Try this page for help www.builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html

Low Voltage Solenoid Out?

My solenoid is not working properly. Used to open and close the micro switch lid many times. Now it is not doing it. Can I clean the low voltage solenoid? Is the part I am referring to also known as relay?

Answer:
Hi, please use this guide be sure the relay went out www.builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html. Let us know if you have more questions.

Low Suction, Clean Screen?

vacuflow model 26 How do you clean the screen on the model 26? I just bought a house with one and the suction is low. Keith

Answer:
Hi, please remove the bucket and reach as far as you can up into the unit to find the screen just below the motor. Scrape it off until it is clean. That should help the suction. If not then use these steps www.builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html.
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