How to Fix - Rainbow Head Won’t Turn On

One of the more common questions we get about Rainbow vacuums is: “Why won’t my head turn on?” People will vacuum fine one day, then the next day the head just won’t start. In this video we go over a few tricks to make sure your power head is working properly.

 

 

 

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

Instructions

 

The first thing you should do is make sure your power head is getting electricity. Start by plugging the hose into the vacuum like you normally would.

 

Now make sure your hose is connected to the head properly.

 

If you were to turn on your vacuum now, the red indicator light on the power head should turn on. This lets you know it is receiving power.

 

If it’s still not working with all connections checked, press and hold the red reset button. If you vacuumed something up, like a sock, it may have tripped the reset switch to protect the motor. In most cases this will work.

 

 

If that doesn’t work and the red light is on, turn the vacuum off and unplug it. Then, flip the powerhead over. Remove the two screws on the bottom and then remove the bottom plate. Check for any loose wires that may have become disconnected and then make sure that your belt is firmly attached and that the brush roll can spin.

 

 

What if your red light never does turn on? Some of the newer models have a trigger in the handle and the power head only comes on when you press it. If you have it hooked up, plugged in, everything is on, AND you press the trigger and still nothing happens you know your power head isn’t getting power. You can troubleshoot this by disconnected the hose and then plugging the two-prong connector from the power head directly into the canister. If it turns on you know the problem is in the hose!

 

Still having problems with your Rainbow? Send us an email at service@greatvacs.com

  

Want to know what Rainbow vacuum is best for you? Check out our Rainbow Vacuum guide.

 

Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

We sell Rainbow vacuums! We buy Rainbow vacuums! And we sell parts, tools, or anything else you need! If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email as service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos on all of our different products.

 

 

How to Fix - Rainbow Head Won’t Turn On

How to Fix - Rainbow Head Won’t Turn On

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Maintenance Tip for Rainbow Vacuum Cleaners

People that own Rainbow vacuums love them! To keep your Rainbow working great, you’ll need to do some regular maintenance. This video goes over three simple tips to keep your Rainbow vacuum cleaner in tip top shape!

 

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

Instructions

 

Our first tip (and probably the most important) is that when you finish vacuuming, remove the water bowl and dump out the water, DO NOT put the water bowl back! If you put everything back together the moisture from the damp water bowl can be attracted to the heat of the bearings. You may not notice a problem for 5-10 years, but those bearings may eventually seize up. We recommend just setting the bowl on top of your vacuum. This simple tip can add another 10-15 years of life to your Rainbow!

 

The second tip is to keep your vacuum clean! Check your brush roll and make sure there isn’t hair or carpet fibers wrapped around it. Your brush roll should spin freely and you should be replacing your belts on time.

 

 

The third maintenance tip is to clean your water separator. This should be done at least 2-3 times per year. To remove the water separator you’ll remove the canister, turn it upside down, and then remove the brass bolt in the middle. Take out the water separator and take it over to the sink, where you can scrub it with a brush (like an old toothbrush.)

 

If you follow those three tips your Rainbow vacuum will last you a very long time!

 

 

Want to know what Rainbow vacuum is best for you? Check out our Rainbow Vacuum guide!

 

Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

Need your Rainbow repaired? Send us an email at service@greatvacs.com

 

We sell Rainbow vacuums! We buy Rainbow vacuums! And we sell parts, tools, or anything else you need! If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email as service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos on all of our different products.

 

 

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Most Dependable Canister Vacuum? Rainbow?

Most dependable vacuum?  Rainbow Vacuum was ranked most dependable canister by a leading consumer magazine!  Durable vacuum cleaner 5-year warranty through GreatVacs.com. Our Store is located in West Jordan, Utah, where we specialize in cleaning.

 

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

What is the most dependable vacuum cleaner? We get asked that a lot! We don’t believe in selling disposable vacuums, like you’ll see in many big box stores. Those vacuums are replaced every 2-3 years and it’s less expensive to just buy a new one instead of fixing the one you have.

 

Not only is this bad for the environment, but it’s bad for your pocketbook! There are some great, high end vacuums on the market that will last you 20-30 years. The Rainbow vacuum cleaner is one of the long-lasting ones.

 

Consumer Report from March 2009 lists the Rainbow as the most dependable canister vacuum. It’s actually not uncommon to see a 30-40 year old Rainbow vacuum cleaner still working perfectly!

 

Want to know what Rainbow vacuum is best for you? Check out our Rainbow Vacuum guide!

 

Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

Need your Rainbow repaired? Send us an email at service@greatvacs.com

 

We sell Rainbow vacuums! We buy Rainbow vacuums! And we sell parts, tools, or anything else you need! If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email as service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos on all of our different products.

 

Most Dependable Canister Vacuum? Rainbow?

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Most dependable vacuum?  Rainbow Vacuum was ranked most dependable canister by a leading consumer magazine!  Durable vacuum cleaner 5-year warranty through GreatVacs.com. Our Store is located in West Jordan, Utah,...

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How To Clean A Water Separator On A Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner

Have you cleaned the water separator on your Rainbow Vacuum? Do you know how? We get asked this question a lot! Here’s a quick video that shows you how simple this routine maintenance is!

 

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

Instructions

 

Unscrew the brass nut at the very bottom.

 

Now you can remove the water separator! You can take it over to the sink, grab a brush, and scrub all the nooks and crannies to get the dirt out. You can get by doing this about 2-3 times per year.

 

Wait, are you having trouble getting that nut off? Sometimes, after a while, it gets a bit stuck on there and you can’t remove it with just your fingers. If this is the case you’ll need to hold the water separator firmly with one hand and use a wrench or a flathead screwdriver to loosen the nut.

 

Once you have it apart go ahead and clean up the threads as well. You can use a little WD-40 when replacing the nut so that it will come off easier next time.

 

On occasion, when people are replacing the nut, it stops and they assume it’s tightened all the way. If the water separator can spin freely while the nut is held in place, then the nut has not been tightened enough! You want the water separator AND the nut to have to spin together. You also want to be careful not to over-tighten, as this can bind up the motor.

 

Want to know what Rainbow vacuum is best for you? Check out our Rainbow Vacuum guide.

 

Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

Need your Rainbow repaired? Send us an email at service@greatvacs.com

 

We sell Rainbow vacuums! We buy Rainbow vacuums! And we sell parts, tools, or anything else you need! If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email as service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos on all of our different products.

 

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