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2012-11-05   Views:3

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Knowing how to troubleshoot and do minor repairs can help you keep your vacuum cleaner working for many years. Upright and canister vacuums both work on the basis of a motor that operates a fan that draws dirt up into a bag. You should always check y

How to troubleshoot & repair a vacuum cleaner

Knowing how to troubleshoot and do minor repairs can help you keep your vacuum cleaner working for many years. Upright and canister vacuums both work on the basis of a motor that operates a fan that draws dirt up into a bag. You should always check your manual for specific instructions about how to do maintenance work on your individual model of vacuum cleaner.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

ScrewdriverUtility knifeWrench

Instructions

1 Check to make sure the vacuum cleaner's dust bag is not full. Replace a disposable dust bag or empty a reusable cloth dust bag. If the dust bag is not full, check to see if your model has a secondary disposable filter that is used to screen clean exhausted air. Replace this filter if it has become dirty to avoid clogging the suction mechanism.

2 Check to see if the vacuum is leaving behind lint on the carpet instead of sucking it up. This may be accompanied by a noticeably more sluggish motor. Unplug the vacuum and disassemble the cover. Use a screwdriver to pry the roller out of its compartment. Cut away long hair or carpet threads that have wrapped tightly around the roller by using a utility knife.

3 Plug the hose of a canister vacuum into the exhaust port if you suspect an obstruction in the hose is causing the suction to become worse. Run the other end of the hose into a garbage bag. Turn on the motor to check for any kind of obstruction. If no obstruction is apparent, but the vacuum's suction still seems weak, the problem is likely a hole in the hose. This will require a replacement of the entire hose.

4 Place the vacuum cleaner on its side and remove the metal that houses the rubber belt if you notice that the vacuum is simply not cleaning as well as it has in the past. Check the rubber belt for wear and tear. Replace a damaged belt by lifting the beater bar and removing the old belt. Place the new belt onto the vacuum and reset the beater bar. Look for an arrow that indicates the direction in which the belt should be twisted onto the bar.

5 Check the fan if the motor begins running sluggishly and the brushes are clean. Remove the fan and take off the nut holding it tight. Lift the fan from its housing and inspect it for damage. Look for signs like chips that have broken off or whether part of the fan has overheated and melted. Both these problems can result in loud vibrations. In this case you'll need a new fan.

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