How to Repair an Oreck XL

Updated February 21, 2017

Oreck is a vacuum cleaner manufacturer that has a series of XL vacuum cleaners. These vacuum cleaners have high power and efficient filters. As of 2011, the most recent edition of the XL was the Platinum Plus Series. It is a powerful, lightweight upright cleaner. If it fails there are a few steps that you can take to repair it.

Turn off the machine and unplug it. Turn the machine on its side so you can access the bottom.

Unscrew the five screws that hold the baseplate in place and remove.

Pop out the brush roll and remove the belt.

Clip off any pieces of hair from around the brush roll with a pair of scissors. Pick off the lint, hair or other blockages from around the brush roll.

Replace the brush roll and the belt.

Replace the baseplate and tighten the five screws to hold it in place.

Unlatch the latch on connection at the base of the machine. The connection is the main pipe. Twist the collar counterclockwise to remove the main pipe from the foot of the machine.

Examine the main pipe and the foot for blockages. Remove any debris with a long-handled brush.

Replace the pipe and twist the collar clockwise. Close the latch and tighten it in place.

Turn off the machine and unplug it. Open the belt access door on the left side of the foot of the machine by unscrewing it. Remove the door.

Remove the broken belt from the motor driveshaft and the brush roll pulley by pulling it out.

Return the belt to the machine by wrapping one end around the motor driveshaft and the other end around the brush roll pulley. Make sure that the belt is not twisted.

Replace the door by sliding the bottom of the door into the slots and pressing it into place.

Tighten the screw on the door to hold it in place.


If these processes does not work, consult a professional vacuum repair person.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Replacement belt
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