If you want your floors to truly shine, you’ll need to use a floor buffer. Floor buffers are great at improving the looks of floors, and generally speaking, they’re quite reliable. With proper maintenance and upkeep, floor buffers may run for years without breaking down. However, even the best commercial floor buffers may break down from time to time. If that happens, you’ll want to get it back into working order as quickly as possible.

Let’s look at some of the most common problems with floor buffers, as well as how to repair the most common floor burnisher issues.

Floor Burnishers That Won’t Turn On

The day may come when you flick the “on” switch, but the buffer won’t respond. If this is the case, take a close look to make sure the battery pack (if present) is working and charging. Batteries have a life span, and over time, they’ll lose their ability to charge. The battery may also not be sitting properly, and if so, that may prevent charging.

If the battery is in good working order, check the power cord to see if you notice any visible damage. After that, check the sockets you’re plugging into. It’s possible that the sockets rather than the buffer are at fault. If your floor buffer is turning on but then shutting off before you turn it off, it could be due to circuit issues.

Floor Burnishers That Are Scratching Floors

First, if a machine is scratching floors, stop using it immediately. It’s possible that you’re using the wrong floor pad with the buffer. Some pads are simply too “aggressive” and can scratch certain surfaces. You’ll want to use pads, like the 3M 5100 Red Buffer Pad, that are designed specifically for your floor and finish.

Also, check the pad over closely. If debris is embedded in the pad, such as a small rock or a nail, it could cause scratches.

The Unit Is Shaking or Vibrating More Than Normal

It’s not uncommon for a floor burnisher to vibrate during use. However, if your unit is suddenly vibrating a lot more than it used to, it may be due to a serious issue. One possibility is that the pad has been installed incorrectly. If the pad isn’t centered or properly connected to the burnishing unit, it could cause excessive vibrations. The same is true if the pad is damaged or worn out.

If the pad isn’t the problem, the most likely cause is a problem with the motor. Unfortunately, motor problems can be especially difficult to fix. Even if you’re good with your hands, you may want to contact an expert.

The Burnisher Is Overheating

Another common problem with floor buffers is overheating. If something has caught or clogged the floor buffer, it may cause the unit to malfunction. As the buffer tries to work, it could generate heat that won’t dissipate properly.

The above includes the most common issues with floor buffers, but many more problems can arise. If so, you may want to call the experts.