Stripped for Cash? A Guide to Fixing your Vacuum Cleaner


All vacuum cleaners lose a bit of suction power over time, but if yours seems to be failing prematurely, have a look inside it. It might be easier to replace it with a new one, but it’s always worth seeing if you can fix the problem yourself before getting rid of it.

Most problems that vacuum cleaners experience can be solved by you with little skill or effort involved. Maintenance helps avoid problems too! But if you’re having problems, this easy guide should help you out.

Check the Simple Stuff

If your vacuum cleaner isn’t sucking up dirt with the power it once did, the chances are something simple and obvious is causing the problem. The most obvious problem is a full vacuum bag, so make sure it’s empty. The next thing to check is the hose. If there’s something up there blocking it, it won’t be as effective at doing the job at hand.

If you do discover a block in your hose, there are simple ways to solve the problem. Get a big stick or something similar and feed it through your hose, being careful not to cause any damage to it. This should remove the blockage.

Identify the Issue

If it wasn’t something simple causing the problem, it’s time to move onto  the more complexed issues. It may be the case that there’s been damaged  sustained to your motor or there’s some kind of problem with the electrical components.

You need to identify which of the two it is. If the vacuum cleaner isn’t responding or turning on when you plug it in and turn on the switch, the problem is obviously electrical. But if it is turning on and starting up but not offering the level of suction power you expect, the problem is likely to be a damaged part.

Electrical Faults

The easiest way to pinpoint an electrical fault is to start at the plug and work from there. So first, make sure it’s plugged in and turned on! Then check the plug and replace it if it’s old. Then check all the electrical connections for frayed wires or loose connections.

Vacuum cleaners are full of fuses and breakers and if these stop working, your vacuum cleaner will stop working, so check them and replace them if it won’t turn on.

Damaged Parts

Firstly, check the airbag. If it isn’t airtight, your vacuum won’t suck up the dirt properly. Replace it if you come across any holes or frayed areas. This is simple, but if the problem is less simple if your motor is broken.

Parts can be expensive for some cleaners, especially older ones. But if you have a newer model like a Dyson DC59 Motorhead, parts should be easier to come by. Replacing the whole motor can still be expensive though, so try to see if you can identify the specific fault in the motor and replace it. You may need a specialist for this.

Maintain it Properly Once it’s Fixed

Maintaining your vacuum cleaner is both vital and simple. By keeping it in good shape, you’ll give yourself the best chance of stopping these problems occurring again in future.

To maintain you should regularly empty the bag and change it now and then. The same goes for the filters. Check the roller regularly, it shouldn’t be covered in dust, it should be rolling smoothly when in use. You might want to lubricate the bearings as well if it isn’t moving freely.

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