If you have carpet in your home, your vacuum cleaner gets used often. Unfortunately, though, they encounter many different types of problems that may cause them to work improperly or not at all. Learning whether a problem can be repaired or whether it signals the end of the lifespan of the vacuum is important, so you know what to do with the vacuum. Here are some of the most common issues you may encounter with vacuums and whether they can be repaired or not.
There are numerous ways that the cord on your vacuum cleaner can become damaged. You may accidentally run it over while vacuuming, you may pull the cord out of the wall by the cord, stretching it, or it may simply wear due to repeated winding and unwinding. If you notice that the covering on your cord is splitting, cracked or broken, and there are exposed wires, you will want to have the cord replaced. This is not an inexpensive task. As such, always compare the price of cord replacement to the price of a new vacuum, especially if it is older.
You turn your vacuum cleaner on and off by pushing a button or moving a switch up and down. As it ages, this switch or button can become broken. Fortunately, this is a fast, easy and relatively inexpensive repair.
As you vacuum, items can get sucked into the hose and stuck. If you notice your vacuum is losing suction or is not sucking dirt and debris up, there may be a clog in the hose. Detach the hoses and look inside. In some cases, you may want to run the handle of a broom through the hose, or use a garden hose to push the debris out. Once the clog is removed, your problem should be solved.
Tangled Beater Bar or Brush Roll
The underside of your vacuum has what is referred to as a beater bar or brush roll. This bar or roll spins a brush to help vacuum deep within the fibers of your carpet. But as the brush turns, debris, hair and carpet fibers can wrap around the roller, getting tangled or stuck. Use scissors or a knife to cut the debris away and help your bar roll as it should.
Burned Out Motor
The last common problem you may encounter with your vacuum cleaner is a burned out motor. This typically occurs if your unit runs too long, is old or doesn't cool as it should. If you smell burning when running your vacuum or notice a high-pitched sound, the motor may be going out. Unfortunately, this can be a pricey problem to fix. If your unit is older, it may make sense to replace the vacuum rather than invest money into an older unit. However, if the vacuum is fairly new, repairing or replacing the motor may make more sense.
Whether you need a new vacuum cleaner or need an existing one repaired, Dupage Vacuum is here to help you. If your vacuum isn't working as it should, bring it to us and let us take a peek. We can let you know whether to repair or replace the vacuum. Call us at (630) 668-4062 with any questions you may have.