Tineco Ifloor 3 Max Light Flashing [Don’t Ignore It!]

Tineco created the Ifloor 3 Max to help their customers save time by vacuuming and washing their floors at the same time. 

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One of the features I absolutely love is the digital display with the DWT icon, the CWT icon, the battery indicator icon, the self-cleaning icon, the brush roller tangled indicator, and the MAX power indicator.

A solid Max power light indicates that the vacuum is being used with higher suction power settings.

But what does a Tineco Ifloor 3 Max light flashing indicate?

Let me help you with that!

Why Is Your Tineco Ifloor 3 Max Light Flashing?

The Tineco ifloor 3 max light will flash to indicate that the motor is malfunctioning. This may occur due to blockages or overheating caused by different factors, such as water or debris entering the motor. There are steps you can take to solve the issue, though Tineco advises to contact customer support immediately.

What To Do If Your Tineco Ifloor 3 Motor Is Malfunctioning

Your Tineco vacuum motor may simply be overheating due to clogs in other parts of the vacuum.

However, it could also be a case of water or debris that have already entered your Tineco Ifloor 3 motor.

For your safety, I recommend you contact Tineco customer support.

But you could also first try to solve some minor issues yourself.

Here is what you can do if your Tineco Ifloor 3 Max light is flashing:

1. Clean The Dirty Water Tank 

Leaving dirty water in the tank is like using a normal vacuum cleaner with a completely full bin: the vacuum will lose suction power!

Unfortunately, when your Tineco iFloor 3 loses suction power it puts a strain on the motor, causing it to overheat.

What’s worse is that missing such a simple step can reduce the life of your Tineco Ifloor 3 wet dry vacuum

So, make sure you clean the dirty water tank after each use.

Tineco Ifloor 3 dirt water tank

2. Ensure The Brush Roller Is Not Tangled

A tangled brush roller can cause your Tineco Ifloor 3 motor to overheat.

Inspect the roller and remove debris if necessary by doing the following:

  1. Remove the brush roller cover
  2. Pull the brush roller upward
  3. Use Tineco Ifloor 3’s cleaning tool to remove hairs and debris wrapped around the roller
  4. Clean the brush roller holder and water inlet using the same tool (Do not rinse with water)
  5. Rinse the brush roller cover with water and dry it thoroughly
  6. Put the brush roller back in place
  7. Re-attach the brush roller cover

3. Clean The Filter

If your Tineco Ifloor 3 filter is clogged, dust and debris can make their way to the motor, causing it to overheat.

The HEPA filter is located above the dirty water tank.

Follow these steps to wash the filter:

  1. Remove the Dirty Water Tank
  2. Pull off the tank lid with the HEPA filter
  3. Empty and wash the tank
  4. Remove HEPA filter holder and rinse with running water
  5. Remove the floater and rinse with water
  6. Thoroughly dry both the water tank and the floater
  7. Let the HEPA filter air dry
  8. Re-assemble your Tineco Ifloor 3

4. Contact Tineco Customer Support

If you haven’t already, contact Tineco customer support.

The motor may be broken and need repairing/replacement.

How To Prevent Water From Entering Your Tineco Ifloor 3 Motor

Water can damage your Tineco Ifloor 3 motor.

Once you have finished using the machine, make sure you carry and store the wet dry vacuum in its upright position.

Never lay your Tineco Ifloor 3 flat or leaning as water will easily make its way through to the motor.

Tineco iFloor 3 Series Instruction Manual

Here is the link to the Tineco Ifloor 3 instruction manual that will help you troubleshoot any other issue you may have with your machine.


You should never ignore a Tineco Ifloor 3 Max light that is flashing.

Though it could just be a clog issue, a malfunctioning motor should always be taken seriously. In fact, a malfunctioning motor can even cause your Tineco vacuum to shut off.

Try to untangle the brush roller as well as cleaning the dirty water tank and the vacuum filter.

Ultimately, you may need to contact Tineco support for further advice.