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Oct 23 2015

5 Vacuum Troubleshoots to Common Vacuum Problems

vacuum problems mainOver the years, we at Crucial Vacuum have received many of the same asked questions and we’re always available to help our customers at any moment. However, we feel that having a blog post of the answers to your frequently asked questions would help any of you for any future vacuum problems!

Today, we’re answering these questions:

  • Yuck! There’s a foul odor coming from my vacuum’s bag! What can I do?
  • My vacuum’s doesn’t have a strong enough suction! What can I do to fix it?
  • I’ve heard from everyone that I need to change my vacuum’s filters, but how often should I change them?
  • Why isn’t my Vacuum picking up all the dirt and filth? I hear the suction going just fine!
  • I’m ready to fix my vacuum! But I have no idea what my model number is.

Yuck! There’s a foul odor coming from my vacuum’s bag! What can I do?vacuum problems bag

Oh yes, that horrible odor that gives us the chills. This is probably one of the most annoying yet most common vacuum problems.

First here are ways to prevent this foul smell from happening:

  • Change your vacuum bag when it gets to be 3/4 full. Bacteria and fungi are often found growing in the bags.
  • Disassemble your vacuum and clear any blockages or crowding that may become a blockage. These blockages can also harbor foul smelling fungi from being damp and trapped.
  • While using the vacuum insert a couple dryer sheets or pieces of orange peel into the new bag. This will leave a fresh smell as you vacuum. However don’t forget to empty the bag often!

While changing bags certainly help, it’s also possible for the inside of the vacuum to continue having an odor. If that’s the case, you could use scent tablets like our Vacuum Cleaner Scent Tablets, which comes in a pack of ten. After consistent use with tablets this should clear the odor right up!

My vacuum’s doesn’t have a strong enough suction! What can I do to fix it? vacuum problems

Unfortunately there could be many causes to a loss of suction. Here are areas to check from loss of suction:

  • The height is incorrect. Most vacuums have a dial that determines the height of its surface it’s vacuuming where a bare floor has the lowest setting while a tall carpeted would be at the high setting. Depending on the length make the adjustments and the suction is catered to its setting!
  • Your Bag is Full. Rule #1 of vacuums is to never let it get too full. You should always empty your vacuum’s bag when it’s about 80% full. A full bag can cause internal damage. So remember, 80% is the magic number!
  • A blockage inside the vacuum or a clogged hose. Take your vacuum apart and see if it’s struggling due to some sort of build up. This problem happens quite frequently!
  • It isn’t airtight. When disassembling your vacuum, changing parts, or anything, it’s quite common to leave parts loosely attached where air escapes. If this happens, the suction power lowers because it’s sucking in air elsewhere! Ensure everything is tight,  and listen for any whistling of escaping air.

However if all fails you may have to visit your local vacuum repair shop to check your poor vacuum’s vitals.

I’ve heard from everyone that I need to change my vacuum’s filters, but how often should I change them?

A vacuum’s filter is one of the most forgotten parts to replace. As an infrequently changed part, it’s easy to forget that it’s what ensures your air is clean when it’s spat back out. This will decrease the spread of bacteria and lessen your chances of getting sick.

Most manufacturers recommend that the filter be changed on average every 3-6 months. However, this recommendation entirely depends on usage. If you’re a vacuum enthusiast like us, where we vacuum every week or so, you should change it every 3 months at the longest.  Check out this image of a dirty and clean filter.

vacuum problem filters

Pretty gross right? We manufacture and sell filters for most vacuum brands, find yours here!

Why isn’t my Vacuum picking up all the dirt and filth? I hear the suction going just fine!

While the issue may be contributed to a dirty filter (pre-filters, dust cup filter, or post motor filter), a very common reason is an issue with your brushroll. Brushrolls are used to pick up the dirt and kick it toward the suction for a more efficient cleanup.

Most brushrolls can be fixed by cleaning it thoroughly. Around the roller and bearings, clutter can get caught which prevents the brushroll from spinning, which means streaking dirt behind the vacuum’s path. Besides clutter, brushrolls require a belt to get spinning, check your belt to ensure it hasn’t snapped or was stretched out too far, losing its efficiency.

If you require a replacement belt or brushrolls feel free to check out our site for your brand’s accessories!

I’m ready to fix my vacuum! But I have no idea what my model number is, and I don’t have my box anymore.

Don’t worry about the box! All vacuums have their brand and model numbers labeled on them. To find this information, it’s on a thing called a data plate, and the location of this plate depends on the unit and manufacturer. However, for most upright vacuums this is found on the back of the vacuum behind hoses and attachments. Most canister vacuums have it on the bottom.

These data plates usually look like either of these:

vacuum problems data plate 1vacuum problem data plate 2

We also have an in-depth and awesome FAQ section that can answer questions about most of our other product lines!

If you have any further questions about your vacuum or any problems your facing please feel free to contact us at 877.750.9239 or support@crucialvacuum.com.

We hope these tips have helped resolve most of your vacuum problems. Happy Vacuuming from Crucial Vacuum

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