Common Vacuum Cleaner Problems

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Is your vacuum cleaner under performing?

Many people take the Spring season as an opportunity to deep clean their homes and start fresh. However, common vacuum problems can arise when cleaning is increased. If your vacuum is not performing well you may be inclined to toss it, but wait! There are several quick and easy fixes you can do at home.

The most common complaint we hear is that the vacuum isn’t picking up any more. While this is a major issue the cause can usually be traced back to a simple issue:

  • Check the machine over and make sure everything is completely connected. If the dirt collection bucket or hose assembly isn’t securely re-attached to the machine after each use the vacuum will not perform at it’s full capability.
  • Flat rubber belts need to be replaced every 12-18 months, or when they are broken. If the belt is stretched, worn, or missing the machine will not be able to effectively remove dirt and debris from carpeting and changing the belt usually solves the problem.

For a vacuum cleaner to effectively clean flooring and other surfaces the suction needs to be strong enough to move the particles through the system and into the bag or dirt receptacle of a bag less vacuum. If the suction at the end of the hose or wand is very weak there are a few things that can be done to resolve this issue:

  • When the vacuum bag, or dirt receptacle, becomes too full it prevents air from flowing through the machine. It is best to change the bag when it’s 2/3 full, and to empty the dirt receptacle after every use.
  • Much like belts, the filters in your vacuum need to be changed or washed regularly. If the filters are clogged the suction of the machine will be compromised. Typically filters need to be replaced every 12-24 months, and washable filters need to be cleaned every 1-6 months.
  • When large pieces of debris are picked up, like paper, it can cause a clog in the machine which will reduce the suction. If possible remove the wand from the vacuum and simply look through the tube – if you can see light there is no clog. Next detach the hose from the machine and insert a marble or small object into the opening where the wand usually connects. If the object passes through the wand there is no clog, however if it does not there could be something blocking the passage. Depending on the location and material of the clog it can sometimes be removed at home, and other times it will require a trip to a vacuum store.

Certain odours emitted from a vacuum cleaner are just a nuisance, and others can be an indication of a larger problem:

  • If your vacuum has a burning electrical or metallic smell while in use it can mean the motor has been damaged. It is best to turn the machine off and bring it to a repair centre for assessment.
  • A burning rubber smell usually indicates the belt on the machine has been broken.

These simple things can help you identify and resolve common problems that can prevent a vacuum from working properly. Please use this as a general guide – if you are unsure about performance issues you are experiencing refer to the owner’s manual or provide us with the model number for additional information and advice.

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