Imagine the horror of a broken vacuum cleaner. The first thing that will come in your mind is to replace it. Buying a new vacuum cleaning is not the only solution. You can still save it. How? You just need to follow this guideline and it might surprise you after you find out that the problem can be solve with simple tweaks.
Repairing a Vacuum Cleaner
Repairing a vacuum cleaner will be an easy thing to do if you’ll be organize and carefully follow this guideline.
- Diagnose the problem: Finding the solution without specifically pointing the problem is like walking on the road without knowing the final destination. To fix the problem, you need to identify the cause. This can be done by checking each components of the vacuum cleaner if it is working normally. Any unusual behavior or appearance will be an indicator that something’s wrong.
- Test it: If you notice anything wrong (i.e. clogged filters, full bag, loose connection, overheating motor or hair tangled to the rollers), fix it then try out your vacuum problem. To properly inspect the components, you might need to disassemble the machine. Below is a video showing how to safely disassemble the most common vacuum cleaner – upright vacuum.
A video teaching how to disassemble an upright vacuum cleaner.
The following are quick solutions to the common problem that ordinary people can do to repair a broken vacuum cleaner.
Clogged filter: This is quite easy. Weak suction and vacuum cleaners that cough up dusts is often caused by clogged filter. This happen when the filter is not replaced regularly. On how frequent it should be replaced depends on the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Suction not picking up: The common culprits for this problem is a full bag, blocked filter or loose wiring connections. But the most common one and often neglected is a full bag. Vacuum bags should be empty if it is already ¾ full. It is also recommended to purchase extra bags or receptacle in case the one your vacuum cleaner is using gets damaged or punctured.
Broken belt: The vacuum belt should be regularly inspected. You need to check its condition. A broken belt can’t be fix and needs replacement. You can also replace it by easing the brush from the housing and then removing the damaged belt. After this, you can now replace the new belt by just slipping it in.
Not starting: The machine that won’t start might have problems with its circuit. You need to check the circuit breakers and fuses and if there’s something wrong, you just need to reset it. Resetting the circuit breakers and fuses will return everything to the original setting. After doing this, you can switch on the machine. If the problem persists, check the cords and wirings. There might be a loose connection.
Cracked hose: Always check the vacuum hose. A damaged or crack hose will result to weak suction. This will result to lackluster performance and inefficient cleaning. You can fix malfunctioning hose by mending the crack or covering it. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you can claim the warranty of the vacuum cleaner. If it is past that time, then the only option is to buy a new vacuum cleaner.
Overheating motor: An overheating motor is very dangerous. There is nothing you can do but to replace it. Fortunately, you can replace a damage motor by yourself. It is possible to perform it without the assistance of the professionals.
Broken wheels: It is hard to maneuver a vacuum cleaner with a broken wheels. The best way to solve this is to buy a new one. Once you notice that it is hard to guide your vacuum cleaner, the first thing you should check is the wheels.
Damaged power cable: The power cable is the main channel of electricity towards your vacuum cleaner. A broken power cable is one of the reason why your machine failed to start. Rather than identifying where the break is, it is better to replace it. This will assure you that the same problem won’t occur in the near future.
Switch won’t work: The switch is an important part of your vacuum cleaner. If this gets damage, it is best to replace it with a new one to avoid the same inconvenience in the future.
If none of those solve the problem, then the only thing left is to buy a new one. A badly damage vacuum cleaner can’t be repaired. It is best to accept the reality than suffer from the consequences.
The only prevention you can do is to do a regular maintenance. Maintaining your vacuum cleaner is the only way to prevent any complicated issues, improve the performance and extend the service life. How to do it? Checkout the list below.
- Regularly replace the vacuum bag: Emptying your vacuum bag will maintain a strong suction power.
- Change/Clean the filter: Regularly clean the filter and replace it once every three months.
- Be gentle with the vacuum cord: You must avoid pulling the cord. Use an automatic rewind when the cord is tangled.
- Pick the large/pointy objects: Object(s) that can puncture the vacuum bag and damage the interior of the machine should be avoided.
- Regularly check the rollers: Strands of hair or any lengthy items can be entangled with the vacuum rollers and might damage it.
- Monitor the noise: A vacuum cleaner that produces abnormal noise should be check right away.
Before performing any maintenance or repairs, you need to unplug first the vacuum from the power source and let it cool down for a while.
General maintenance of the vacuum cleaners should be done regularly to prevent costly repairs. But if the problem involves complex parts, it is best to call the help of a professional.