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Hoover Steamvac F7425-900. Upon turning on it smells like burning rubber. I tried the suggestion (from elsewhere) that there is moisture in the motor and to run it for 30 seconds. It made it about 20 seconds before the smoke started. Water did leak out afterward when lain down.

Just got this back from my friend and they didn't even fess up that this had happened.

What is causing the smoke? Isn't this causing damage? How did the moisture get in there in the first place and how do I prevent that? Do I try again or buy a part?

Thanks. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. The Hoover repair here wants $50 just to look at it and said they may break it in the process and won't be liable.

asked Sep 09 '11 at 11:24

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Thanks for your question on the Hoover SteamVac F7425-900. When a Hoover SteamVac smokes, it most of the time means only one thing, that your motor is bad. Usually the cause of this is because moisture gets into motor somehow, and the age old saying water and electricity don't mix is a valid expression here.

Not all the time does it mean that moisture got into the motor, it also could be that the machine was run when the recovery tank, or dirty water tank was full. Once the recovery tank fills completely you'll notice that the motor makes a higher pitch sound, indicating that it has lost airflow, and is struggling to pull air through the motor. This is the indicator that it's time to empty the tank, however if the machine is continued to be used when the tank is full, it can definitely cause the motor to burn out.

The only other possible problem could be the turbine inside that causes the brushes to spin is seized up, and needs replacing.

To test this, turn the machine on, and make sure that the handle is in the reclined position. Also make sure that the Brush Speed Selector knob on the top of the machine is set to High. Now turn the machine upside down, and see if the SpinScrub brushes are spinning. Are they spinning? If they are, this confirms my suspicion that your motor has gone bad. If they aren't spinning, then you may just need to replace the turbine assembly.

Here's a link to the new motor if you diagnosis the problem to be the motor:


If you'd like me to video tape a repair tutorial on how to replace this motor, please just reply here, and I'll be more then happy to video tape this repair step by step for you. If you have any follow up questions, please don't hesitate to AskGoVacuum!

Thanks once again for your question and interest in GoVacuum.com, I hope that this information was helpful to you.


answered Sep 09 '11 at 12:07

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Awesome, thanks. The brushes are not spinning but they seem loose, like they're trying to fall out. I did remove them earlier and simply snapped them back in. Was there more I was supposed to do to them? The motor part seems pretty straightforward but which turbine do i order? Will it be marked on my old turbine?

Also, can't get the link above to work. It says Not Found


answered Sep 09 '11 at 15:59

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