Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • Boohoo
    • By Boohoo 16th Apr 19, 8:25 AM
    • 656Posts
    • 110Thanks
    Boohoo
    Vax vacuum stopped working.
    • #1
    • 16th Apr 19, 8:25 AM
    Vax vacuum stopped working. 16th Apr 19 at 8:25 AM
    Hi.


    I have had a Vax CB-W1 b cylinder bagless vacuum cleaner for about 5 years and has been working great for that time.


    Yesterday i went to use it and it would not start.


    I have checked the fuse, replaced the fuse with a known working fuse and tried different sockets in the home to rule out none working socket.


    I took the cleaner apart and i did a circuit test of the plug prongs to the on/off button and that is ok so i think i can rule out a broken cable. I took out the motor housing and the motor turns ok and doesn't look black as it had burnt out.


    I did a bit of googling and the vacuum has a thermal cut out onboard so i was thinking that that may have caused the cleaner to stop working but i have no idea what it looks like. I did recall that the vacuum did get hot underneath if i had been using it for a long time but it has never cut out in all the time i have had the cleaner.


    Is there anything i can do to get the vacuum working again or is it time for a new vacuum?
Page 1
    • John Gray
    • By John Gray 16th Apr 19, 8:42 AM
    • 5,415 Posts
    • 3,207 Thanks
    John Gray
    • #2
    • 16th Apr 19, 8:42 AM
    • #2
    • 16th Apr 19, 8:42 AM
    Is it worth trying to get it repaired?
    • RumRat
    • By RumRat 16th Apr 19, 8:44 AM
    • 3,153 Posts
    • 1,931 Thanks
    RumRat
    • #3
    • 16th Apr 19, 8:44 AM
    • #3
    • 16th Apr 19, 8:44 AM
    Time for a new vacuum......
    Drinking Rum before 10am makes you
    A PIRATE
    Not an Alcoholic...!
    • Chrishazle
    • By Chrishazle 16th Apr 19, 8:47 AM
    • 536 Posts
    • 335 Thanks
    Chrishazle
    • #4
    • 16th Apr 19, 8:47 AM
    • #4
    • 16th Apr 19, 8:47 AM
    From the VAX website you can download the owners manual for your machine, that will tell you where the overheat cutout reset switch is.
    • roddydogs
    • By roddydogs 16th Apr 19, 9:00 AM
    • 6,189 Posts
    • 2,631 Thanks
    roddydogs
    • #5
    • 16th Apr 19, 9:00 AM
    • #5
    • 16th Apr 19, 9:00 AM
    You got 5 years out of a cheepo vax?
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 16th Apr 19, 10:04 AM
    • 4,024 Posts
    • 2,151 Thanks
    ballyblack
    • #6
    • 16th Apr 19, 10:04 AM
    • #6
    • 16th Apr 19, 10:04 AM
    that will tell you where the overheat cutout reset switch is.
    They usually reset automatically when cooled down
    • poppellerant
    • By poppellerant 16th Apr 19, 10:57 AM
    • 1,273 Posts
    • 723 Thanks
    poppellerant
    • #7
    • 16th Apr 19, 10:57 AM
    • #7
    • 16th Apr 19, 10:57 AM
    What about the carbon brushes on the motor?
    • Boohoo
    • By Boohoo 16th Apr 19, 10:57 AM
    • 656 Posts
    • 110 Thanks
    Boohoo
    • #8
    • 16th Apr 19, 10:57 AM
    • #8
    • 16th Apr 19, 10:57 AM
    They usually reset automatically when cooled down
    Originally posted by ballyblack
    That's what is said in the manual.


    The last time i used it was last Friday at it was ok. I went to use it yesterday and it would not go at all so the thermal cut out should of reset it's self after 72 hours.


    I could not see a reset button or switch inside the machine but i will have a better look later today or in the next 2 days.
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 16th Apr 19, 11:51 AM
    • 4,024 Posts
    • 2,151 Thanks
    ballyblack
    • #9
    • 16th Apr 19, 11:51 AM
    • #9
    • 16th Apr 19, 11:51 AM
    motor is just tired/burnt out?
    • Boohoo
    • By Boohoo 17th Apr 19, 3:14 PM
    • 656 Posts
    • 110 Thanks
    Boohoo
    motor is just tired/burnt out?
    Originally posted by ballyblack
    It had 72 hours of rest so it should not be tired


    I took it all apart last night and there is power from the live prong on the plug(using a circuit tester) all the way to the motor and when i switch the vacuum on/off button to the off position there is no connection so to me that means the plug, cable and switch is working. The motor looked ok and turns freely but i can not test it to see if it works as i don't know how to safely.


    As for the thermal cut out i could not see any seperate wire which may have a cut out on it as i have seen some thermal cut out parts on google that were an issue on Henry vacuums.


    The onl part i think maybe a thermal cut out was attatched to the PCB but this was a thin ali metal part about 1 inch by 2 inch that went to a chip on the PCB and my thinking was when that gets hot it cut the power. As for the PCB i could not see any blown parts on it.


    I sent Vax an emailyesterday and they said let it cool down for 2 or 3 hours and that should reset itself but it was 72 hours since the last use so it is now time for a new vacuum.


    I have 2, one upstairs and the Vax downstairs as it fits under the stairs and the other one is an upright and realy heavy so the Vax was safer to keep downstais and when needed it could do the stairs as it was light to carry.


    Thanks for the advice so far.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

1,341Posts Today

7,031Users online

Martin's Twitter
  • Have a great Easter, or a chag sameach to those like me attending Passover seder tomorrow. I?m taking all of next? https://t.co/qrAFTIpqWl

  • RT @rowlyc1980: A whopping 18 days off work for only 9 days leave! I?ll have a bit of that please......thanks @MartinSLewis for your crafty?

  • RT @dinokyp: That feeling when you realise that you have 18 days of work and only used 9 days of your annual leave! Thanks @MartinSLewis h?

  • Follow Martin