Most household vacuum repairman have fixed a lot of different brands and various types of vacuum cleaner. Most of these repairs could have been avoided if a few minutes were spend annually on replacing a part or two and a little bit of basic maintenance. In order to avoid avoid unnecessary inconvenience and expense of most common vacuum cleaner repairs just follow the relevant tips below.
Do not reuse or over stuff the vacuum cleaner bag. I have seen more canister vacuum cleaners ruined by this act alone. A full vacuum bag can cause a couple of problems, especially in a canister and most of the better upright models. A full vacuum bag can rip. Inside of a canister vacuum that means all of the debris that is not longer in the bag is obstructing airflow to the motor where the suction is created. In this scenario a motor can be ruined. The vacuum will obviously have less suction if the bag is full and or the motor filter is obstructed. This can also happen to most upright vacuums that use a vacuum bag. Checking how full a vacuum cleaner bag is only takes a moment.
Replace filters in a timely manner. Most vacuum cleaners currently have at least one filter. It does not matter if the vacuum is or is not bagless. There is almost always at least one filter on a vacuum that needs to be either washed or replaced. Foam filters can be washed and reused. Other vacuum cleaner filters like HEPA and electrostatic filters typically need to be replaced. Some companies make washable filters but few people actually take the time to wash a filter and wait for it to completely dry. An obstructed filter will also be a source of potential damage to a vacuum motor. I have noticed that the average person is much more likely to ignore the vacuum filter altogether until there is actually a problem with the vacuum. Whether you own a Dirt Devil or a Miele vacuum the need to keep filters free of debris and other obstructions is the same.
Remove any hair or string from the roller. If you have pets or anybody with long hair in the house there is probably hair wrapped around the roller. If you have carpet then you might have carpet fiber on the roller as well. Bristles need to make contact with your carpet to agitate it properly. The rollers itself can bind up and become damaged or damage the housing of the vacuum that secures the roller. Rollers are generally expensive when compared bags, filters or belts. You may be able to avoid removing the roller by carefully cutting removing any material that is wrapped around it with something sharp. It would probably be a better idea to remove the roller and take a look a the belt. Does it appear to be stretched. If you are going to go to the trouble of cleaning the roller changing a vacuum belt is not going to add any significant amount of time to the task.