Vacuum Cleaner Tips
How to diagnose and fix common problems.
Many household appliances that we use on a regular basis start to underperform after a while and vacuum cleaners are no different. Fortunately, with vacuum cleaners most of these problems are pretty simple and fixing the problem is usually just a matter of replacing one of the 5 main components that has gotten worn out due to general wear and tear.
Don’t wait until your vacuum cleaner has started to underperform. Using your vacuum properly and conducting a few checks on a regular basis are the two keys to extending the life of your appliance and making sure that it works efficiently.
Use bags and filters as recommended
Some vacuum cleaners have sealed bags whereas others have reusable bags. Sealed bags are not meant to be reused. When you reuse them the pores of the bag gets blocked and the motor of the vacuum cleaner tends to heat up reducing its lifespan. You may save a few pennies by reusing the bag but you will end up having to pay a lot more for a new appliance.
Re-usable bags should be emptied regularly. After emptying, you need to check to see if anything is torn or stuck inside. The filters should also be replaced on a regular basis because dirty filters can sometimes cause the dirt to get blown back out into the room when you are cleaning.
Clean or replace brush rolls when necessary
The bristles of the brush roll are bound to wear out after repeated use. All the thread, string and hair that the cleaner picks up also gets wrapped around the brush and restrict its movement. This then puts an added strain on the drive belt and it affects the entire performance of the cleaner. So remember to remove the roll and clean it properly on a regular basis.
You should also check the bearings and end caps to ensure that the machine is working perfectly. Buy a new brush roll if any part is damaged or if the bristles look worn out.
Check and replace the belts regularly
The belts have a tendency to wear and tear. They get stretched over time and could break. Replace the belt as soon as you start to notice a change in the performance of the appliance.
Do not overstretch the flexes
While you’re using the vacuum cleaner, ensure that you do not overstretch the flex. Overstretching can damage it, especially if it is the kind that has an auto-rewind device. Use an extension lead if you have trouble cleaning corners where the cleaner can’t reach. Pulling on the flex too much can cause it to break at the plug or where is connects to the appliance.
Clear any blockages in the appliance
Almost every one of us has at some time or the other vacuumed a small object like a matchstick or a hair clip by mistake. These mistakes are common but the objects could get stuck in the airways or the hoses of the cleaner. If you think that something has been sucked in by mistake or you find your appliance performing poorly, switch off the machine at once and open it to check if something is stuck somewhere.
Most vacuum cleaner problems are very easy to identify and also to solve. Using your vacuum properly and conducting a few checks on a regular basis are the two keys to extending the life of your appliance and making sure that it works efficiently.
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