Expert Tips for DIY Vacuum Cleaner Repair
Has your vacuum cleaner lost suction? Or stopped working entirely? A broken down appliance is always frustrating, no matter what it is.
Luckily for you, Ransom Spare’s appliance repair experts Kevin and Tony are back again – with advice to help you end your vacuum-related nightmares.
They’ve been pretty busy inventing a vacuum cleaner that can also be used as a spaceship. But they’ve always got time to solve some appliance woes.
Here are their expert tips.
Replace the bag/empty the dust canister on a regular basis
An overfull bag or dust canister not only makes your vacuum cleaner pongy (a common problem for an appliance that sucks up everything from food to animal hair), but it can also cause it to lose suction, prevent it from starting and put extra pressure on the motor. If you have any problems, the bag or dust canister should be one of the first things you check.
Check for blockages in the hose or attachments
As with an overfull bag or dust canister, blockages in the hose or attachments can be the root of a number of problems – including a smelly vacuum cleaner and loss of suction. Switch off and unplug the appliance, before checking all of the tubing for blockages (bent wire can be a handy way to remove blockages in the hose!), as well as checking for any obstructions in the brush roll area. If your vacuum cleaner is pongy, it’s also worth soaking the attachments overnight.
A blockage can also cause the appliance to overheat, activating the thermal cut-out. In this case, you’ll need to remove the blockage before allowing the appliance to cool for the recommended period (which will be stated in its guide).
Check the cord for damage
People often pull vacuum cleaners around too roughly, which can cause damage to the cord. If your vacuum cleaner isn’t turning on, or is cutting out, check the cord to make sure it’s properly connected to the appliance, as well as checking for any splits in the rubber. If the cord is damaged, it will need to be immediately replaced.
Clean or replace dirty filters
Dirty or blocked filters can also cause loss of suction, result in a vacuum cleaner that smells, or put extra pressure on the motor, causing a burning smell. Make sure you regularly clean the filters by soaking them in a baking soda and water solution. If this doesn’t get rid of all the grime, you’ll need to replace them.
Check for gaps in the air flows
Tears in the hose are another consequence of people roughly dragging their vacuum cleaners around, and will cause the appliance to lose suction. If this happens, the hose will need to be replaced. You should also check the connection between the hose and the base unit on upright vacuum cleaners, as it can often become loose.
Check that the drive belt hasn’t slipped or become jammed
A slipped or jammed drive belt can result in a burning smell. You’ll need to either remove the jam or replace the drive belt.
A broken down vacuum cleaner can be a pain – but with some expert guidance you can get back to your cleaning (joy of joys!).
If you’re having problems with your vacuum cleaner, you can find all of the parts you need on our Vacuum Cleaner spare parts page. Or you can visit our Repair and Advice Centre for help with a specific problem.
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