Does your Dyson Ball Animal vacuum cleaner emit a strange smell or noise during use? Dyson Ball Animal vacuum cleaners are susceptible to a range of problems that could cause them to produce unusual smells and sounds. Check the following possible causes to identify and solve the problem!
Cause 1: Air Leak
If your Dyson vacuum is producing whistling noises, it may be the result of air leaking out of the vacuum’s vents. Check for broken seals and incorrectly-fitted parts. Broken seals may need to be replaced.
Cause 2: Roller Blockage
If the vacuum is making a strange sound, debris may have wrapped around the roller, preventing it from turning properly. This can commonly occur due to hair or other string-like materials wrapping around the roller. If this is the case, unplug the vacuum and turn it on its side on the floor. Take a look at the floor roller at the bottom of the vacuum and use a pair of scissors to carefully cut away any debris wrapped around the floor roller and pull out the debris with your fingers. You may need to manually turn the floor roller to get the debris on the other side. Repeat this process until all of the debris is cleared.
Cause 3: Misaligned Belt
If your vacuum’s belt is misaligned, it may cause unusual sounds and smells like burning rubber due to a build-up of friction and heat. Use the Dyson Ball Animal Brushbar Replacement Guide to remove the vacuum’s brush bar and view its belt. If the belt has become misaligned, guide it back onto its tracks and reassemble the vacuum. Allow the vacuum to cool for at least an hour. Then, try to use the vacuum as normal.
Cause 4: Clogged Filter
A clogged filter in a Dyson vacuum can create a muffled sucking sound or a high-pitched squealing during use. Additionally, as the filter fills with dirt and debris over time, all the built-up debris begins to emit a burnt-smelling odor. You may need to remove and clean out the vacuum’s filter. Remove the filter by twisting the purple dial labeled “filter” located at the top of the vacuum. Pull the filter out of the vacuum and rinse it under running water for at least two minutes, or until the water runs clear. While rinsing the filter, gently shake it to remove any built-up debris. Gently wring out the filter to remove excess water. Place the filter in a dry, warm environment and allow it to dry for at least 24 hours, or until the filter is completely dry. Then, place the filter back into the vacuum and try to use it normally.
If the filter is too dirty to clean, it may need to be replaced. See the Dyson Ball Animal Filter Replacement Guide to replace the vacuum’s filter.
Cause 5: Cable Failure
If you notice a burning smell while operating the Dyson, immediately turn off the Dyson and unplug the electrical cable from the power outlet to prevent a potential fire hazard. Double-check that the power reading on the Dyson matches the power supplied through the power outlet. If the power supplied through the power outlet is higher than the power reading of the Dyson, the burning smell may have been caused by excessive power supplied. If the power reading on the Dyson matches the power supplied through the power outlet, you may have a faulty cable. For help replacing the power cable use this guide.
Cause 5: Motor Failure
If your vacuum makes a popping noise along with a pungent burning smell, a motor failure may be the cause. This will involve replacing the main body of the vacuum, which contains the motor. For help replacing the motor, call the Dyson help support number at 1-866-693-9766.
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