How To Fix A Vacuum Cleaner – From Home

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Sometimes the problem your vacuum cleaner has does not even need you going to a specialist shop to have it clarified but since these machines seem really complicated and many know nothing about them they end up spending the money as they feel it is the best alternative. Even the slightest problem may make you vacuum perform poorly and much as it may not be easy to fix it on your, there are some hints that will help you try it out. With these tips on how to fix different parts that are likely to affects your vacuum’s effectiveness, there no more need to waste the dollars getting someone to do it for you.




Be sure of what the problem is: there is no way you will be able to fix the vacuum cleaner if you actually do not know what is wrong with it so the very first thing you must do is to know what you are going to fix. The vacuum cleaner has various parts that affect how effective or ineffective it will be. Plug it in to see if it can start or not, does it make an awkward noise as you clean, is it the odor it produces or is dust escaping? After asking yourself all these questions you will know which part to work on.

Fixing the drive belt:the drive belt serves a very important role in the functioning of the vacuum cleaner because it delivers power to the beater bar from the motor, it is advised that you check the condition of the drive belt once every month. If you discover that the drive belt has a problem, fix it with a new one following the steps below:

  • Access the vacuum’s brush roll area and open by unscrewing any screws.
  • Take out the brush roller and old belt, take a good look at how they are arranged in there so that you can be able to put them back the way they were originally. Take the brush roll out of the belt loop and slide the belt from the motor shaft.
  • Slide in the new belt from around the motor shaft and adjust the drive belt like it should be.

Fixing the vacuum switch: this is like the most used part of the vacuum cleaner so because of the number of times that you access it, it is most likely to get spoilt quickly, here is how you can fix it.

  • Ensure to unplug the vacuum first to avoid electric shock, remove the cover of the switch to access its back side.
  • Look at all the wires to ensure that they are well connected to the switch.
  • Make sure that when you open the switch there is a closed circuit and when you close there must be an open circuit, a multitester will help you on this.

Fixing the motor: there is absolutely no way your vacuum cleaner will operate if there is a problem with its motor. It is very rare that the motor will get spoilt because they usually last a long period of time but just in case you realize it is what hinders you vacuum cleaner from working then fix by following these steps.

  • Test the motor brushes to see if the motor really has a problem.
  • Turn the motor with your hand to see if it continues to moves, if it fails you can opt for replacement of brushes or better yet take the vacuum cleaner to a specialist because fixing the motor can only be perfectly done by an expert in that area.

Fixing the dirt fan: this captures dust particles from the beater bar into the duct cup. Most of the upright vacuum cleaners have this placed right under the motor.

  • Access the dust by opening the motor cover, just on the inside of the motor cover you will see the dust fun.
  • Check if the fun blades have any kind of damage and wipe them clean with a damp cloth.
  • Remove the fun by unscrewing it from the motor and see if the motor needs to be lubricated.

Empty the bag or dust cup: a full bag will make the vacuum cleaner lose suction power, much as it may not make any unusual noise you will notice that the vacuum cleaner will not be capturing any dust. Therefore if you are using a bagged vacuum cleaner, empty the bag and replace it with another one. And if you are using a bag less vacuum cleaner just press the button to dispose all that dust that is blocking the vacuum cleaner.

Check if you are using the right height for the right floor: at times the height you have chosen to work in is not compatible with the floor type you are working on. If you are getting poor suction, try to adjust the vacuum cleaners height, it may fix that problem for you.

Try to un-block those clogged hoses: look into the vacuum’s hoses to spot out any hairs or large dust particles, try to use your fingers to pull out any items that you see may be causing blockage to the hoses. You the hairs are too far and your finger fails to get there, get a long broom stick and use it to unclog the hoses.

Ensure that all the vacuum’s parts are properly attached:the reason as to why dust particles escape back into the air is because some parts of the vacuum cleaner are not tightly attached. When you remove the hose to make use of the vacuum’s attachments please make sure that you put the hose back really tight to prevent dust from being blown into the air.

Check if the brush roll is spinning freely:if it’s not clean it or look at the bearings to see if they need lubrication. If you try this and it does not work out then may be the bearing and brush roll require replacement so replace them. Most of the new models have plastic brush rolls so look for this kind brush roll to fit your machine. The brush roll should be spinning perfectly.

Stop using the vacuum cleaner if it over heats: look at your manual, the moment you feel the vacuum heating too much first plug it out of power for about thirty or twenty minutes. Look out for any problems and if there is nothing continue using the vacuum.


Vanilla Farmer, Amazon Retailer & Tech Researcher. Yosaki is my personal blog but I'm working on some big tech project back doors. I will keep on posting various topics on things I have knowledge about.

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