A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Troubleshoot Your Vacuum Cleaner Problems

It is quite common that a home appliance like vacuum cleaner may stop working all of sudden, owing to some defect in its mechanics. Many a time, the problem may just be a minor one associated with a particular vacuum part that you can fix on your own without the need to call a technician. Though, you will have to be aware of some basic troubleshooting methods to look into the problem yourself. In the following sections, learn how to troubleshoot the problems that are commonly encountered by most vacuum cleaner and solutions to fix them.

Poor Suction Problems

If you are experiencing the problem of poor suction with your vacuum cleaner, something could be obstructing one of the hoses. Take out the hoses one by one; you can also refer to the user’s manual if required. If you are not able to reach the blockage, make use of the end of a broomstick or a mop to shove the blockage through.

Sometimes, poor suction could also be due to a compartment or bag that is full. Remove this bag and replace it with another one or try cleaning again with an empty compartment. Poor suction may also be due to poor lubrication, worn out brushes, dirt commutator or a binding rotor.

Belt Malfunctioning

Belt malfunctioning is one of the most common problems encountered with a vacuum cleaner. To check this out, you just have to turn over the device on its front in such a way that the brush is facing towards you. Unscrew the small plate that you notice around the brush. Now, check if the belt has wrapped or snapped itself around a part of the brush. If the belt is damaged, you may have to replace it with a new one. Find out the right size of the belt before you shop for it. You can buy it from stores like Target and Walmart.

Check the Vacuum Agitator Brush

Occasionally, the vacuum agitator brush may get tangled with strings, hair or carpet pieces, causing the vacuum cleaner to stop working. So, check this out and if you find any such things, cut them out using scissors. Once you clean it, just replace the belt and fasten back the plate on the front.

Check the Filter

Ensure that the filter is not blocked or dirty as this can affect your machine’s performance. A dirty filter could also cause poor suction problem. Rinse the filter in soapy water to clean it. If there is any debris collected within, use a soft-bristled brush to eradicate the dirt. Dry the filter before replacing it in the machine.

Hard to Move around the Machine

This is a very minor problem that you need not worry about. You just have to check the machine’s wheels. They may be broken or cracked and may have to be replaced. Sometimes, it could just be dust, dirt or any foreign object (like yarn or hair) that get stuck in wheels, making it hard to move the machine around. In such cases, you just have to clean the wheels to allow free wheel rotation.

The next time you experience any problem with your vacuum cleaner, try these troubleshooting steps as you can fix most of the common problems on your own, thus saving lots of money and time.

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