There are some appliances that homeowners cannot do without and the vacuum cleaner has to be close to the top, especially for families with a lot of wall-to-wall carpets to clean or lots of messy children and shedding pets. The regular use of a vacuum cleaner can put a lot of strain on the device and there are many potential problems that can lead to performance issues. Before you give up on your struggling vacuum, it is important that you consider these maintenance tips and the pros and cons of repair costs to give your vacuum a fighting chance.
Regular vacuum cleaner maintenance can eliminate the need for costly repairs in some cases. Just like doctors always say that prevention is better than a cure, so it pays to take care of your vacuum cleaner. If the vacuum appears to be struggling and the suction is not picking up the dirt and hair like it used to, then it very possibly could be time for a maintenance check. Please do not automatically assume that the device is on its last legs and you will soon have to replace it.
This might be the case if you have had your vacuum for many years, but there could be a simple fix on less old models.
Solutions can be as simple as replacing the bag inside, in the case of a bagless vacuum, empty container and clean all filters.
Check the hose, look for a split or crack in the hose, or unplug one end and feel the suction, if poor suction then possibly clogged with debris. See video on how to unclog a hose.
Make sure you clean the roller brush, lots of hair can get trapped around it. Then make sure the roller brush is turning, if not most likely the belt is stretched out or broken. Sometimes you can smell when the belt is messed up, it gives off a burning rubber smell. Replacing the belt ($5-10) is easy to do and not expensive. Also, most vacuums have carpet height settings, so make sure that is at the appropriate height.
So follow the experts advice check these 3 key areas for regular maintenance checks: check the hose for obstructions, check the state of the bag and clean out the brush roller before you get to the point of no return with all the clogs of hair. Checking the bag is never a fun job (once we suck up all the mess from our floors we don’t want to have to see it again) but regular emptying and the replacement of old, worn bags is essential for a good performance. If it turns out that you do need to fix your vacuum cleaner, you will have to look into the costs of parts and replacements.
Some repair costs are inevitable, but they don’t have to be expensive.
If you have a problem with the vacuum that cannot be fixed with some simple cleaning and a quick service check, you will probably have to look into getting some replacement parts or asking for expert help. A problem with the power cable or motor is best addressed through a replacement, rather than an attempt at repairs, and issues with fans and motors require expert assistance.
The costs of parts can vary depending on the brand and model – not all roller brushes are the same – and this is definitely true if you need to improve the performance be replacing the filter. You can go cheap for a quick fix, get a washable filter that might last longer, or opt for a tougher, fancier option with added anti-allergen filtration. It may be more reassuring to go straight to the manufacturer for parts and advice, but local repairs shops may be able to offer more convenience and a good deal.
Is is really cost effective to buy new parts for an old machine?
In many cases, the costs of repairing and maintaining a vacuum cleaner can be worthwhile. About $10-40 for a new roller brush and another year’s life is much better than giving up on a machine that isn’t quite dead yet and spending more than double that amount on a replacement. It is all about balancing out the costs and understanding what the best deal is.
If you have a high-end, powerful model (such as a Dyson, Miele, or a Shark) and it suddenly develops a fault, it can be financially beneficial to pay out for repairs. Even if you end up needing an expensive new motor, it won’t cost anywhere near as much as their fancy new system and it could make you vacuum as good as new. If, however, you have an inexpensive model that isn’t expected to last more than 3 years and it develops a major fault in the second year, you have the balance the costs of a quick fix against the replacement.
In the end, it is up to you whether you want to give your struggling machine a second chance with some new parts or go all out with a brand new one. With some regular maintenance, however, it is possible to prolong this expensive purchase and improve the longevity of your machine. Keep your machine clean, check for faults and shop around when determining necessary repair costs to get the best deal.