Common Vacuum Cleaner Faults

    Listed below are a few of the most common vacuum cleaner faults, an explanation of what might be causing the problem and how to fix it.

    For information on how to tackle and resolve faults and problems on a wide range of appliances see our other articles »

    Q. The Vacuum Cleaner Belt Has Worn Out or Snapped

    A. If the belt snaps, breaks or slips off it can bring your vacuuming to a standstill. Fortunately a snapped belt is easily replaced. If you intend to do the repair yourself, the first thing you will need to do is remove the old belt. Depending on the model you may have to dismantle part of the cleaner to gain access.

    For advice on how to fit a new belt read our "How do I replace a vacuum cleaner drive belt?"article.

    Q. The Agitator Brush is Clogged

    A. If you are experiencing poor suction performance from your vacuum cleaner then you need to check the agitator brush.

    The agitator brush can often become blocked with debris like hair, fluff or carpet. If the agitator brush is affecting your vacuum cleaners performance you can try to untangle the existing brush, though this can be difficult, or buy a replacement brush.

    For advice on how to fit a new agitator brush read our "How Do I Replace a Worn Out Agitator Brush?" article.

    Q. The Vacuum Cleaner Has Lost Suction

    A. If your vacuum cleaner no longer provides the suction you need to get your carpets looking spotless then it could simply be down to a blocked hose. Start by checking for any obvious obstruction as you may be able to clear the blockage yourself.

    A loss of suction can also be caused by a tear in the hose pipe as well as other faults, as explained in our article “How to Fix Loss of Suction in a Vacuum Cleaner” article.

    Q. The Vacuum Cleaner Filter Has Clogged Up

    A. Regular vacuum cleaner maintenance will ensure it maintains the level of performance you require. Always check the vacuum filters and dust bag to make sure they are not full or blocked. A full vacuum dust bag can adversely affect the performance of your appliance and disrupt air circulation. You will need the model number or bag code when purchasing new dust bags.

    Q. The Vacuum Doesn't Work At All

    A. Vacuum cleaners can experience electrical problems and a range of other faults that are technical and difficult to fix. This means they are not generally suitable for the do-it-yourself approach.

    If your vacuum cleaner has a suspected electrical error or just does not work as it should without an obvious cause then it may be better to contact a vacuum cleaner repair service.

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    * All information provided is a guide only. BuySpares accepts no liability for any problems occurred while attempting any advice shown. If in any doubt contact a qualified repair service.