Vacuum was used on wet surface, no longer works

harry669July 29, 2012

One of my children used our regular vacuum (not a shopvac) on a wet surface last night. Upon trying to use it this morning it wouldn't turn on and I noticed it leaking from the bottom. Opened it up and found the entire inside to be wet due to the liquid in the bag (which was the source of the leak).

Is this vacuum permanently dead? Pressing the power button literally does nothing, no startup for a second, just nothing happens at all. I don't want to risk fiddling with it for now for fear of a short happening and a possible fire starting. Does it need new wiring? Will it be fine once it dries?


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Novice here, but like the miraculous recovery of dropped in the toilet cell phone by kids, tincture of time might help and may also aid your vacuum diagnostician. I don't suggest rice submersion though (many have reported success with water absorption by rice in further drying and bringing back to life the ubiquitous cell phone).

Good luck!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 9:28PM
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once rust begins it's only a matter of time before it forces you to replace some parts.
So, if it does start again one day when it's dry, it will only last for 'X' period of time before needing repair.

you can unscrew it and let more water out of it.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 11:21PM
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WOW, all I can think of is they are lucky they didn't get electrocuted!!!!!!!! GAH!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 8:47AM
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