How to Repair a Vacuum

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How to Repair a Vacuum

Vacuum cleaners are generally not cheap, and it is frustrating when there are issues with a vacuum. While consumers assess and fix multiple issues in a DIY fashion, some problems, like motor issues, may require a professional or simply a new vacuum. Before trying every repair method, assess the situation to see what the problem is. Common vacuum cleaner problems include loss of suction or a broken belt, which are easily fixable. Once buyers detect the problem, they then follow steps to carefully repair the vacuum cleaner to extend its life. Each vacuum is different, but upright vacuums typically contain the same parts.

Clean the Brush

For a vacuum cleaner which simply has no suction, it is highly possible that the rolling brush is full. Often, over time, the spinning brush underneath the vacuum tangles with hair, yarn, bits of string, or any number of items it has run over. Grab a pair of sturdy scissors and cut away any big hunks of hair or debris, pulling them away from the brush. Once all the debris is gone from the brush, try to use the vacuum again to see if this makes a difference.

If the brush does not fit right, looks cracked or broken, or does not spin at all, the brush may need replacing. Remove the brush by locating the slots on the side of the vacuum's base. Pull the brush out of the slots. Purchase a replacement brush for the correct make and model of vacuum, and replace the old brush with the new one and click it into place.

Fix the Belt

One of the most common vacuum issues is a loose or broken vacuum belt. This is simple to replace. Flip the vacuum cleaner over to access the belt. Purchase a replacement vacuum belt to match the specific vacuum. Unscrew the bottom plates of the vacuum cleaner and remove the cover plates. Remove the old belt and thread the new belt around the vacuum's drum. Some vacuums require removal of the brush to complete belt repairs, but some do not. Once the new belt is in place, wind it around the drum and make sure it is taut in order to work properly. Screw the plates back onto the vacuum to complete the task.

Remove Clogs

If a vacuum does not pick up, the culprit may be a clogged vacuum hose. Remove clogs several different ways. Remove the hose from the rest of the vacuum cleaner. To get to the clog, use something long and poke it out, such as a broomstick. For easy-to-reach clogs, use tweezers or scissors to remove the clog. Most clogs consist of built-up hair, dust, or debris in the hose. Carefully inspect the hose itself for damage. If there is even a slight cut in the hose, the vacuum does not perform well. Replace the hose or seal the cracks and cuts with a bike repair kit or a silicon seal until replacement is an option, if necessary.

Empty the Bag

It is easy to forget the vacuum needs one form of constant maintenance: the bag emptied in order to collect more debris when the vacuum is running. This is a simple solution to many vacuum issues. For a canister vacuum, slide the canister out of the vacuum and dump the debris into the dustbin. For a bagged vacuum, carefully remove the bag and throw it away, and then replace it with a fresh vacuum bag, anchoring it properly.

Vacuuming Basics

Consumers avoid many common issues with proper vacuum care. There are a few simple ways to keep a vacuum running well and to avoid clogs, breaks, and other issues from occurring.

How to Vacuum Correctly

Vacuum Maintenance

Adjust the vacuum properly to the floor type and ensure the hose is connected tightly

Unplug vacuum while doing repairs

Avoid vacuuming coins and other large items

Replace the bag often, whenever it is full or even half full, for best results

Be gentle with the cord and do not pull it while vacuuming

Check the vacuum filters and clean and replace as needed

Always unplug the vacuum if it stops working to assess the situation safely

Remove debris from the rolling brush often to avoid build-up

Vacuums typically have a life expectancy of 10 years, but with proper care and maintenance, they last even longer. Vacuums need maintenance from time to time, such as replacement belts and hoses, but replacing parts is less expensive than replacing the whole vacuum.

How to Buy Vacuum Repair Tools on eBay

Get great deals when you shop eBay for replacement parts for your vacuum cleaner. Search with keywords like "vacuum hoses" or "vacuum belts" to get the parts you need, and bring a broken vacuum back to life. Find a seller offering a bundle of vacuum parts and receive a lowered shipping price, and if all else fails, splurge on a brand-new Hoover for yourself.

Vacuuming is a necessity when you have carpet, but vacuums take a beating. While not all vacuum repairs are easy, it is best to do what you can at home before consulting a professional or opting for a new vacuum.

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