How to Repair a Vacuum Cleaner Hose

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How to Repair a Vacuum Cleaner Hose

More households own a vacuum cleaner than most other types of household appliances. Through normal use, vacuums experience wear and tear, especially to their hoses. This can cause hoses to develop cracks, tears, or holes and the vacuum cleaner to lose suction resulting in reduced functionality. Additionally, hoses can clog with dirt and debris. Fortunately, repairing a vacuum cleaner hose is quite a quick and simple project that almost anyone can do. Before attempting to fix a vacuum cleaner hose, consumers should spend a little time learning about how to do the repair and gathering the necessary tools.

Tools for Repairing a Vacuum Cleaner Hose

Although some of the materials and tools are not necessary for all repairs, owners should consider having them all on hand, just in case.

Tool

Use

Broom handle

Stretch and straighten hose

Electrical or duct tape

Repair cracks and tears

Chalk or talcum powder

Remove adhesive

Utility knife

Cut hose

Cleaning a vacuum cleaner hose can be a dirty job. Even an empty vacuum cleaner can contain dust and debris. In order to protect floors and furniture, perform the repairs on a tarp or outdoors.

How to Remove Clogs

One of the main causes of a vacuum cleaner losing suction is a clogged vacuum hose. If the clog is near the end of the hose, simply pull it out. However, if it is further into the hose, straighten a wire coat hanger, and use the hook to pull out the clog. If that is not successful, push a broom handle into the hose to dislodge and remove a clog. In some cases, owners need to detach the vacuum hose from the machine in order to remove the clog. Owners can remove the hose, straighten it out, and then try to push the clog out with a broom handle.

How to Repair a Leak

A leak in a vacuum cleaner hose can reduce its efficiency, and cause the vacuum cleaner to lose suction. In order to restore suction, find and repair the leak.

Removing the Leaking Area

If the leak is close to either end of the hose, cut and shorten it to repair the damage. Remove the plastic connector from the vacuum cleaner hose and use a sharp utility or pen knife to cut the tube above the leak. Reattach the plastic connector to the new end of the hose and put it back onto the vacuum cleaner.

Some brands and models use machine-fitted plastic connectors that owners cannot remove. If this is the case, this type of repair is not possible.

Patching a Leak

If a vacuum hose leak is not at an end or owners cannot remove the plastic connector, they can temporarily patch the leak with duct tape or electrical tape.

Thoroughly clean and dry the area with liquid soap to remove any dust, grease, and dirt. Once the hose is clean and dry, cover about half of a wooden broom handle with talcum powder or chalk and insert it into the hose, stretching the area with the leak. Ensure that the talcum powder or chalk is showing through the damaged area. Cover the damaged area with strips of duct tape or electrical tape. Once the tape is firmly stuck to the damaged area, remove the broom handle and check for leaks.

Because the vacuum cleaner hose has an adhesive tape patch, the inside of the hose is sticky. In order to ensure this does not cause clogs over time, sprinkle some talcum powder or chalk dust onto the floor and vacuum it. The powder sticks to the adhesive on the inside of the hose and reduces the risk of possible clogs.

Because the flow in a vacuum cleaner is quite strong, this is only a temporary repair, as the edges of the tape can begin to peel. However, owners can repeat this repair as many times as they need to.

How to Buy Vacuum Cleaner Hose Parts on eBay

Buying tools and materials to repair a vacuum cleaner hose on eBay is convenient and easy, and you can often find deals on Tools. Simply type relevant keywords into the Search bar located on any eBay page. For example, to find a new hose you can type " vacuum cleaner hose" into the box. Once the results display, you can further refine your search.

Patching or repairing a damaged vacuum cleaner hose is quick and easy. However, it is important to have the correct tools and materials on hand to perform the repair correctly and safely. Shoppers can find the tools to do the job at local stores or on eBay.


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