Since moving into my new house five years ago I have bought not one,
but TWO upright vacuum cleaners.
The first was a Panasonic MCE468. It lasted about two years, then
simply stopped working. I reckoned the price to repair it was probably
more than a new machine, so in July 2007 I bought a
factory-refurbished Hoover PurePower 1900W. The local shop that sold
it to me said that these machines (they are always replenishing their
stock of factory "seconds") are refurbished by Hoover, then sold at
roughly half price. So I paid £34 for mine and it looked brand-new. No
trace of dust in the bag cavity, for example. It came with a six-month
Huzzah, I thought. A virtually new Hoover for £34 can't be bad. And it
was fine. It sucked up the dust brilliantly. Until a couple of weeks
It began to cut out. I thought the same thing had happened as happened
to the Panasonic. Dead for ever more. But no. After ten minutes or so
I switched it on and lo and behold it worked again!
Over the past few days, however, it is cutting out so frequently that
it has become unusable. Also, it now makes such an awful screaming
noise I have to wear ear defenders like roadmenders with a pneumatic
So I have two choices: Get it repaired or buy a THIRD upright!
If I choose the latter, I've just checked the Argos catalogue and the
choice is overwhelming. So what would you recommend?
I can't afford to spend a fortune, so a Dyson is out of the question.
The catalogue starts with an Argos own brand at £38.99 and ranges
through a Panasonic (spit) at £59.99, an Electrolux also at £59.99, a
VAX bagless at £63.59 to a VAX bagless at £73.39. But there are dozens
Alternatively, I could replace the motor myself if spares are
available. Are they?
I took the Panasonic to pieces and checked every connection to the
motor, right up to the brushes. Juice is there, but the motor simply
won't run. I was told by somebody that these things have a thermal
overload device that causes them to cut out, but where would it be on
the Panasonic? What does such a thermal overload/cutout device look