How to Troubleshoot a Vacuum Cleaner

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When your vacuum sucks ' or doesn't, as the case may be ' try these things before you shell out money for repairs.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom Or Mop Handles
  • Duct Tape
  • Vacuum Bags
  • Vacuums Cleaner
  • Scissors
  • Suspect a tripped breaker, broken on/off switch, or a damaged cord if the motor won't run.

  • Insure that you aren't running too many appliances on the circuit if the breaker continues tripping. If that's not the problem, you may have a short circuit in the power cord. Replace it immediately to avoid fire hazards.

  • Check to make sure the bag isn't full if you aren't getting much suction. Replace the bag if it's full.

  • Make sure the hose is properly connected to the machine and that there are no obstructions in the hose or fan.

  • Repair a cracked hose with duct tape. Prevent creased hoses by hanging them over two pegs on a closet wall.

  • Remove hair and strings that tend to get wrapped around the vacuum brush with a pair of small scissors.

Tips & Warnings

  • Run a broom handle up a clogged hose if you can't wiggle the object out.
  • Don't vacuum up pennies, screws, or other objects that could damage the fan or motor or clog up the hose.

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