How to Fix Vacuum Cleaners: The Complete Guide

May 14, 2016

how to fix vacuums

Part 1

Almost everybody knows what a vacuum cleaner is. But I can assure you that there are still things you need to know to make most out of your vacuum cleaner.

Perhaps you are now asking yourself, "What else I need to know about vacuum cleaners? " Well, read on and see for yourself...

Vacuum cleaners are one of the most common things that we don’t even tend to think about. Not, at least, until we lose them or they develop faults do we realize just how important and vital they are. They are very easy and simple machines to use and service yourself so you don’t have to endlessly look for someone to fix your vacuum cleaners for you. In the later part of the article below, I will show you how to fix your vacuum yourself without the help of anybody. The following advice deals with common issues and is easy to implement but can easily slip your mind so read on...

Here Are Some General But Essential Tips

  • Geaneral checking: Here you need to examine the overall parts of the vacuum cleaner and try to figure out what the problem is. Something might be loose or not turning on properly. Perhaps the vacuuming is not weak or not even. You have to determine the root of the problem to arrive at a solution. Another advantage of troubleshooting is that if you do this several times you will get used to your vacuum cleaners well and this gives you the opportunity to go straight to where the problem is. In short, whenever there is a problems you will swiftly know how to fix it.
  • Check the temperature : This is where some vacuum cleaners have frequent problems. Once they have worked too much they overheat and switch off. This is because of an inbuilt fuse some of them have that forces this power outage for safety. Vacuum cleaners are built in such a way that they are very sensitive to heat and once they overheat they shut down. If this happens you can wait for twenty to thirty minutes then plug it back in and continue working without risking danger.
  • Perfect maintenance: In fact, if you want to use your vacuum cleaners with little or no problems you have to abide by this simple rule. Perfect maintenance included things like replacing the bag and cleaning the filters, ensuring the airways are clean, clearing blockages in the hose with a broom handle, replacing the belts and making sure they are fairly tight and engaging the brush roll. (Please note that the belt should not be slippery because this can cause the odor of hot plastic to occur.)
  • Note: There are many other tips I will still tell you about but I do not want to take much of your time and bore you, so this is the first part of this article and is something you need to know and you have maybe been overlooking. Vacuum cleaners should not give you problems if you follow this advice and please don’t forget general checking - checking its temperature and perfect maintenance are part of the things you need to know to get the very most out of your vacuum cleaners.

Part 2

If you have not read part 1 of this article, you may be missing something you need to know. Yes, this article is worth checking out in full because it's rather like the manual for solving any problems you might experience with your vacuum cleaners. I know I can’t cover it all here but the few things I am going to cover, I will make sure to elaborate on fully.

Lubrication is another key issue. Yes, you need to lubricate some parts of your vacuum cleaner to enable them to rotate freely. Without free rotation your vacuum cleaner will not work optimally. Make sure that you lubricate all the bearings and if you notice any significant wear or noticeable defects on them do not ignore it. Simply replace the bearing (or the entire brush roll if you see that it is necessary). Also, make sure you clean the brush roll and check closely that it is spinning freely.

Now, there are some further useful tips I would like to share with you that are also important when it comes to fixing some of the most common problems in your vacuum cleaners. Here is one of the best tips you will ever get...

Generally: Check the hose, wand and cleaning tools for obstructions. Debris often collects where one part plugs into another or where the hose connects to the main vacuum housing. Remove the parts one at a time and get rid of any debris you find. Clear all hidden obstructions by pushing a broom handle through the hose and wands. Reassemble all the parts. You're good to go!

You may also have to replace the drive belt.

  • Unplug the machine and flip it over so you can access the agitator brush. If you fail to do this the consequences may be dire so be extremely careful.
  • Unscrew the bottom plate that holds the brush in place, using a screwdriver.
  • Lift out the brush by pulling the roller ends out of the slots in the vacuum base. If the drive belt isn’t completely broken, one end will be wrapped around the agitator brush and the other around the motor drive shaft. Slide the belt off of each part. Take it to a hardware store to get a replacement.
  • Inspect the agitator brush before installing the new belt. Sometimes thread or hair will wrap around the ends or elsewhere on the brush roller. This can prevent the agitator from turning and cause a belt to fail prematurely. Cut any thread or hair with a sharp knife and pull it off.
  • Install the new belt. Slide one end over the agitator brush and the other over the drive shaft. Then reinstall the agitator brush. You may have to pull on the agitator brush to stretch the new belt a bit so the roller ends fit into the vacuum base.

So, with a little care and maintenance, you can prevent most problems with your vacuum cleaner from occurring in the first place. Take advantage of the above tips to rectify any issues which manifest themselves. Save yourself time and money and enjoy trouble-free use of your vacuum cleaner!

Leave a Comment: