Vacuum Cleaner Maintenance

Your vacuum cleaner is a valuable piece of equipment and essential to keeping your home clean and looking its best. Periodically performing vacuum maintenance can extend the life of your vacuum and avoid costly repairs. Read on to find out what's involved in vacuum cleaner maintenance.

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Always unplug your vacuum before attempting any maintenance

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Regularly change the bag or empty the dirt compartment

Vacuum cleaner design varies between models, but they all have some compartment where the suctioned debris goes, either in a disposable bag or a removable, reusable container. Regularly changing the bag or emptying the removable compartment will keep your suction strong and prevent overflow dust from damaging your vacuum's motor.

Change any filters per the manufacturer's directions

Your vacuum may have filters that periodically need changing or washing to protect the motor. Replacing a filter from time to time is much more cost-effective than repairing or replacing a broken vacuum cleaner. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for filter replacement, and only use filters that are compatible with your model. If you no longer have the manual that came with your vacuum or you do not know which filters are compatible with your model, try using an Internet search engine by typing in the brand and model of your vacuum. You can also find many helpful videos with step-by-step instructions.

If your vacuum has a rotating brush

If your vacuum has a rotating brush, you will need to clean it periodically to keep it spinning. Over time, hair, pet fur, thread, even rubber bands can wrap around the rotating brush and prevent it from spinning. This can melt the rubber belt that makes the brush spin or even damage the motor. If at any time while using your vacuum you smell hot rubber, turn the machine off immediately.

Unplug the vacuum. You may need to let it cool for a few minutes. Most vacuums require a screwdriver to open the panel covering the rotating brush. Unscrew the panel and put the screws in a safe location. If you are unsure you will be able to remember how to put your vacuum back together after disassembling it, consider taking pictures at each stage to refer back to later.

Remove the rotator brush and clean off anything wound around it. A pair of scissors makes this easier. Check the rubber belt for any signs of damage. If it has worn through or melted, you will need to replace it. Again, the Internet can help you to find the correct part number. Once the rotating brush is clean, reassemble your vacuum in the reverse order you took it apart. Try it out and see how it works.

A vacuum cleaner is an essential household appliance. A little maintenance with a little know-how can go a long way toward keeping it going. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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