Friday, August 21, 2015

When the steam cleaner quit on me

Yes, it did quit on me, and how did I know this? There were several indicators but once again my senses of smell and touch came to my assistance.

I had taken out my steam cleaner to clean my floors. I had filled it with water and detergent and had fitted everything into their proper and respective spots on the machine and then away I went.

I plugged in my machine and turned it on and then waited for it to start making the customary shushing sound but after about 30 seconds there was no shushing sound. I waited another 30 seconds and all I could hear was the dull sound of the machine as it vibrated.

Then it was time for me and my fingers to go investigating. I ran my fingers down the length of the machine and stopped at the water receptacle. It was hot but not overly hot. I continued down the length of the machine and inspected the rest of the components and all seemed well. I then decided to turn off the machine and then turn it back on.

Nothing happened at first. No shushing sound but then something caught my attention. The smell of something burning and that was it. Something was wrong with my poor old steam cleaner.

To confirm my suspicions I called my Super and as soon as he turned it back on he noticed a flashing light and this indicated that the power supply was not working properly. I was correct; my steam cleaner had quit on me. That's what you get when you can't see a flashing light and your other senses have to kick in to help out.

All's well that ends well.

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