A vacuum cleaner is a great investment that you should take care of! If you regularly inspect and care for your vacuum, you can really avoid high costs involved in frequent repairs. Frequent maintenance also ensures your vacuum is in good condition, and that it offers you the best performance. Unfortunately, some people don’t know to maintain their vacuums. If you want your cleaner to serve you more without incurring any maintenance cost, proceed to read this post.
How to Maintain a Vacuum Cleaner
When washing with your bagged vacuum cleaners, stick to simple basic maintenance directions, so as to avoid any costly and time-consuming repairs in future.
Handle the vacuum cleaner cord with care. You should not pull out the plug with the cord, avoid applying the automatic rewind if the cord is obstructed or tangled.
Inspect the bags frequently. Note that the bag should be changed before it reaches the brim, since a vacuum can lose suction if the bag is full or nearly three quarters. Avoid re-using paper bags since their pores are blocked after one use, and this can lead to overheating of the vacuum motor as it tries to circulate the air.
Ensure you pick any large items like coins or children’s socks that may accidentally find their way into the hose because they may end up blocking the hose. If your vacuum cleaner is not functioning correctly, try troubleshooting the hose by forcing a smooth, thin and long object through it.
Caring for Your Vacuum Cleaner Parts
The individual parts of a vacuum cleaner require close examination to ensure that each performs correctly.
- Inspect the floorhead for blockages. The floorhead (also beater bar or powerhead) is one of the key parts of a vacuum cleaner that need keen focus during maintenance. It is the flat connection at the bottom of the hose that comes into contact with the part being cleaned. To check if the head is clogged with debris simply flip it upside down – you will know if it needs cleaning.
- Open the Floor-head. To accomplish this, simply remove the underneath plate from the floorhead. You may have to use a screwdriver if this part can’t be unclipped. If there are any screws, remember to hold them carefully.
- Remove debris if there are any. You will achieve this by pulling out any threads, hair or fluff that may be wrapped around the brush roll. In case of tangles, you will be required to use a pair of scissors.
- Inspect the brush roll to ensure that it spins properly. In case of any abnormalities, unscrew only the end caps and inspect the bearings for any dirt. This simple process saves you hoover repairs, although you will have to replace the brush roll frequently depending on usage.
- Inspect the vacuum belt. It is located within the brush roll. It is good to check it while the underneath plate is removed. Place a finger on the belt to feel if it is taut. In case of visible wear, cracks or sag you may have to replace the belt. It is recommended that you replace the belt once per year, although the replace-time may be short if you use your vacuum more.
Things to check during vacuum maintenance
- Always ensure that your vacuum is unplugged before you start your maintenance regime. This practice may sound obvious, but if you ignore or forget to unplug it, it may lead to other serious problems. First your cleaner may start functioning abnormally. Secondly it may lead to electrical injury.
- If your vacuum cleaner stops working suddenly, it may be due to overheating. Start by switching it off and then unplug. You may have to wait close to half an hour before you engage it aging – this time is meant to make it cool down. It is also an indication that your vacuum cleaner requires repairs, so it is good to seek expert’s advice if you are unable to fix the problem.
- Monitor your vacuum cleaner for variation in performance and noise; you will get an idea on when to give it some attention.
- If you want to minimize the risk of failures and minimize the cost of repairs, frequently check the internal cleaner parts, the hose, and the bag.
We have gone into details on how to ensure your vacuum cleaner serves you for long. However, each vacuum cleaner comes with a user’s manual, so it is wise to consult it in case of any technical issues.