How to Repair a Vacuum Cord

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How to Repair a Vacuum Cord

A damaged vacuum cleaner cord is a hazard often caused by wrapping, twisting, pulling, or catching underneath the unit. A damaged vacuum cleaner cord can smoke, spark, and even catch fire. Because of this, it is important to repair a damaged vacuum cleaner cord as soon as possible. Fortunately, repairing a damaged vacuum cord is something that most do-it-yourselfers can easily do. However, it is important that any do-it-yourself enthusiast spend some time learning about the tools and skills needed to perform this repair. Consumers can purchase the necessary tools and equipment on eBay or in their local hardware shop.

Vacuum Cord Repair Tools and Equipment

Having the required tools and materials on hand to repair a vacuum cord ensures that owners can complete the job easily and quickly.

Tools and Materials


Electrical tape

Seal exposed wires

Screw drivers

Disassemble and reassemble vacuum cleaner

Soldering iron

Solder tips of cord if necessary


Crimp wires together

Wire strippers

Strip insulation from wires

Wire nuts

Connect wires together

Wire cutters

Cut wires

Do-it-yourself enthusiasts can find deals on Hand Tools, like screwdrivers, and using the correct tools and materials ensures that the repair goes smoothly and safely.

Repairing a Cord Damaged at the Plug

The end of a vacuum cord, where the plug goes into the wall often breaks because of the constant pushing and pulling on it. To begin, unplug the vacuum cleaner from the wall. Remove the old plug and any frayed wires by cutting a few centimetres above the damage.

Attaching a New Plug

Attach a new plug by unscrewing the plug cover and pushing it onto the cord. Strip the wires using wire strippers so that about 2 cm is bare. Attach the bare wires to the terminals in the plug housing. Reattach the plug body to the housing and plug in the vacuum cleaner.

Repairing a Cord Damaged at the Switch

Repairing a cord damaged near the switch is another easy repair. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws holding the switch plate in place. The cord is usually secured with nuts attached the wires. Unscrew the wire nuts to release the cord. Pull the cord out through the access hole and cut the damaged area with wire cutters.

Repairing the Damaged Area

Push the cord back through the access hole. Using wire strippers, strip about 2 cm of installation from each wire. Connect the bare wires and switch wires using wire nuts, making sure to connect the same coloured wires together. Carefully tuck the cord into the switch plate space, and reinstall the switch. Replace the screws and tighten them firmly.

Repairing a Cord Damaged in the Centre

The constant pulling, twisting, wrapping, and unwrapping, can weaken and damage the cord along its length. Additionally, the beater bar can damage a cord trapped underneath it.

Attach Plugs to the Damaged Area

Unplug the vacuum cleaner and cut the cord on both sides of the damage. Unscrew a new female and a male plug. Push a plug over each end of the cord. There should now be a female plug on one side and a male on the other. Using wire strippers, strip about 2 cm from the wires at each end. Attach these wires to the electrical terminals in the plugs. Reattach the plug bodies to their housings, and plug the male into the female.

Replacing a Cord

In some situations, owners may need to replace a vacuum cleaner cord. Take the vacuum cleaner apart, and detach the existing cord from the motor. It is a good idea to write down the disassembly steps to ensure correct reassembly.

To replace the vacuum cleaner cord, a do-it-yourselfer needs to strip approximately 2 cm of installation from the wires, and then slide the wires back into the terminal on the motor using a pair of crimpers to close the terminal, and then reassemble the vacuum cleaner.

How to Buy Tools and Materials to Repair a Vacuum Cord on eBay

Buying tools and materials to repair a vacuum cleaner cord on eBay is convenient and easy. Simply type some relevant keywords into the Search bar located on any eBay page. For example, to find a new cord, type " replacement vacuum cleaner cord" into the box. Once the results display, you can further refine your search by criteria such as brand, condition, price, format, and location.

A damage vacuum cleaner cord does not always mean that owners need to replace the vacuum. In many cases, owners can repair or replace a damaged cord. However, it is important to have the correct tools and materials on hand to perform the repair safely.

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