Archive for February, 2011

Dyson DC24 Brush Bar Motor

So the brush bar on your Dyson DC24 isn’t turning? You are not alone. Before we suspect the worst, look to the front of the machine on the cleaner brush head. On the left side is a small button. This is a “reset” button. Power the machine on and off whilst pressing it a few times. Do the same with the small brush switch next to the main power switch.

Remember that the brush should only turn when the machine is reclined. It will not spin when the machine is standing upright.

This is design fault in our opinion. The motors are not much good. They don’t tend to last very long. Dyson are replacing thousands of them under warranty. However, if your machine is out of warranty, or you don’t have the original receipt or were not the original purchaser, Dyson will charge you over £70 to turn out and correct their own design fault. Cute huh?

You can only buy a complete cleaner head from Dyson at the cost of £74.59. They do this for two reasons, firstly because to replace the motor is not an amateur job that those unfamiliar with electrical appliances should probably attempt. Second is that the brush bars themselves do tend to wear out quite quickly too. It saves them messing about if they sell you a complete clip on unit that solves all the likely problems your DC24 will have.

There are two electrical components in the cleaner head that can go wrong. The brushbar motor and the printed circuit board (the PCB). Experience has taught us that although the PCB’s in the DC24 do burn out occasionally, 99.9% of the time the brush bar motor is to blame.

Replacing a Dyson DC04 Motor (Ametek or YDK)

If you need to replace the motor on your Dyson DC04, there are two different types. You need to know which one yours is to be sure you buy the correct one. They are not directly interchangeable without a minor modification.

If your machine is a clutchless lime green and grey model, it *should* have an Ametek motor fitted to it as standard.

Most other models have a clutch. If your machine is fitted with a clutch, it *should* have a YDK motor fitted to it as standard.

If you are confused about the differences between Dyson DC04 models, there is a guide here: Dyson DC04 Model Index

That said, if the machine has ever been stripped down and rebuilt in the past, it is possible that someone else fitted the other type, depending on what they had handy at the time. Therefore, it is always better to strip your machine down to ascertain which motor is fitted to your Dyson DC04.

Remember, these motors are not directly interchangeable, so if buying a motor only, be sure you get the correct one.

However, as more machines with YDK motors were made, it is easier — and usually cheaper — to source a new YDK motor than it is an Ametek. There is an easy way around fitting a YDK motor to your machine where previously there was an Ametek fitted. Look again at the pictures above. You see there are motor rubbers and a plastic retaining ring there? Although they look pretty similar, they actually differ.

If your machine had an Ametek motor fitted, you can fit a YDK type motor with ease. Just be sure that you get the YDK rubbers and the plastic retaining ring to go with it and you are good to go. No other modifications are required. You simply fit the YDK motor together with the fan-case seal, top rubber and plastic retaining ring when you reassemble.

We do not recommend taking the budget route and buying a used DC04 motor from somewhere like eBay. Although you may think you are getting good value at first, this is where a lot of unscrupulous sellers unload a lot of their reject or tired rubbish. For sure, you will get a cheap one there, but after the crucifying fees the seller must pay in eBay and Paypal charges, the net price they receive after postage will be very small. This does not incentivise them to send you a quality item. Additionally, used DC04 motors usually have a very short service life left as they do wear out comparatively faster than some other Dyson models. Buying a used one is a false economy. We recommend you buy a new one.

If you need a new motor for your Dyson DC04, source it from a Dyson specialist. This will ensure you get a quality item from a trusted source at a great price. Below is a link to who we recommend. You can order a YDK motor for £35 including UK delivery. If your machine had an Ametek fitted, they will even throw you the extra seal and ring in for free!

Click the topic title to go to the full article to see our recommendation.

Dyson DC07 Wont Stand Upright

“My Dyson DC07 wont stand up” is the thing many people ask about on Dyson support forums. If your Dyson DC07 has this symptom, it likely isn’t picking up too well either. It may well be dropping some of the debris on the floor as well.

It was OK yesterday wasn’t it? What happened? You were using it, then it wouldn’t stand up.

Its actually quite a simple thing to fix that anyone can do at home. You don’t need any tools, you don’t need any expertise.

Our friends at Nelson Vacuums in Australia have made a short video on the subject that tells you everything you need to know. You will laugh at how much of a simple fix this is. Click the triangle “play” emblem on the video below.

Buy a Dyson DC03 Motor

If you are seeking to replace the motor on your Dyson DC03, it is called a “YDK” motor and will have the code “YV920” on the side. There is only one type fitted to all Dyson DC03 models.

The DC03 motors are quite sturdy units. They were used in the Dyson DC03’s back when Dysons were still made in England in the late 1990’s. However, fifteen years or so later, the odd one is starting to fail now.

They are still available new, but are quite expensive compared to the value of your Dyson DC03 machine now. Many of the ones available are cheap Chinese knock-offs that will last nothing like the period of time your old one did.

As the originals were so well built, consider buying a quality used one. Not only is it green as you are recycling, but life expectancy should be just fine as long as the one you buy is properly tested and not sparking near the armature when in use.

The picture below shows you the YDK YV-920 motor, so you know what you are looking at.

Buy a Dyson DC01 Motor

If you are seeking to replace the motor on your Dyson DC01, be aware there are two types. One is called a “YDK” motor and will have the code “YV940” on the side. The alternative is slightly larger, and is made by an Italian company called Ametek. Predictably, this has “Ametek” on the side of it.

The DC01 motors are quite sturdy units. They were used in the Dyson DC01’s back when Dysons were still made in England in the late 1990’s. However, fifteen years or so later, the odd one is starting to fail now.

They are still available new, but are quite expensive compared to the value of your Dyson DC01 machine now. Many of the ones available are cheap Chinese knock-offs that will last nothing like the period of time your old one did.

As the originals were so well built, consider buying a quality used one. Not only is it green as you are recycling, but life expectancy should be just fine as long as the one you buy is properly tested and not sparking near the armature when in use.

The picture below shows you the two different types. Make sure you know which one your machine uses. The one on the left is a YDK YV-940, the one on the right is an Ametek.

Dyson DC04: How to empty the bin. How to clean the filter.

The Dyson DC04 is widely regarded as the “Ford Transit” of Dysons. They are not a new model any more but there are literally millions of them still around. You can still easily buy a reconditioned Dyson DC04, and ALL the spare parts are available that will make them run forever.

Do you know how to make your Dyson DC04 last longer?

Firstly, you need to empty it in a timely manner. Next, you need to make sure the pre-motor filter is clean. Yes, its a washable filter; with a Dyson you don’t need to buy filters very often. You can wash them a few times first!

Keep your Dyson DC04 in tip top condition. Watch the video below to learn not only how to empty the canister, but also how to remove, wash and replace the washable filter too.

Dyson DC14: How to use the tools. How to empty it. How to clean the filters

Not everyone who gets a Dyson knows how to use the tools and accessories that come with it.

Some download an instruction manual, some play about with the machine by trial and error (and some never quite figure it out). Do you know how versatile your Dyson DC14 is?

Your Dyson DC04 is good for the car and the home. It will clean your stairs, it will clean the cobwebs from your ceiling, it will clean your laminate floors, it will dust your furniture and of course it will clean your carpets.

Do you know how to empty your Dyson DC14? Do you know how to clean the filters on your Dyson DC14?

Watch the video below to learn how to get the most out of your Dyson DC04.

Dyson DC04: How To Use The Tools And Accessories

Not everyone who gets a Dyson knows how to use the tools and accessories that come with it.

Some download an instruction manual, some play about with the machine by trial and error (and some never quite figure it out). Do you know how versatile your Dyson DC04 is?

Your Dyson DC04 is good for the car and the home. It will clean your stairs, it will clean the cobwebs from your ceiling, it will clean your laminate floors, it will dust your furniture and of course it will clean your carpets.

Watch the video below to learn how to get the most out of your Dyson DC04.

Dyson DC25 Instruction Operating User Manual

Looking for an original Dyson instruction and operating manual for your Dyson DC25 Ball? You have come to the right place.

When you buy a used or a reconditioned Dyson, unless you have acquired it from a meticulous old chap who had it from new, you are unlikely to have got the original user manual.

Many people are confused with Dysons when it comes to using the back hose, using the tools, taking the wand off, emptying the vacuum cleaner, and simple maintenance of the filters. However, these things are not very hard if you know how. To know how, you need an original manufacturers user manual.

Dyson UK will happily sell you one for two or three pounds, but you are an internet surfer; you want one free don’t you? C’mon, admit it! You know it’s true.

OK, we’ll put you out of your misery. Click the link below to go through to the Dyson Forums where there are links to download all the Dyson user/operating/instruction manuals in PDF format. Completely free of charge.

Here is the link: Free Dyson Instruction Operating User Manuals

Dyson DC24 Instruction Operating User Manual

Looking for an original Dyson instruction and operating manual for your Dyson DC24 Ball? You have come to the right place.

When you buy a used or a reconditioned Dyson, unless you have acquired it from a meticulous old chap who had it from new, you are unlikely to have got the original user manual.

Many people are confused with Dysons when it comes to using the back hose, using the tools, taking the wand off, emptying the vacuum cleaner, and simple maintenance of the filters. However, these things are not very hard if you know how. To know how, you need an original manufacturers user manual.

Dyson UK will happily sell you one for two or three pounds, but you are an internet surfer; you want one free don’t you? C’mon, admit it! You know it’s true.

OK, we’ll put you out of your misery. Click the link below to go through to the Dyson Forums where there are links to download all the Dyson user/operating/instruction manuals in PDF format. Completely free of charge.

Here is the link: Free Dyson Instruction Operating User Manuals


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