Imagine a quiet Saturday where the kids are gone and the hubby is working in the yard. You’ve got your hair up and the tunes queued for a glorious morning of restoring order to your home. You and your vacuum are dancing around the living room to some Oldies when suddenly, it stops picking up the cheerios and puppy fur. Oh, great! But before you give in and let those dust bunnies mock you from the floor boards the rest of the day, take a few minutes to check out your faithful suction servant. If all else fails, you can call All Ray’s Vacuum, but it’s worth checking these five problem areas first to see if you can be your own hero: bags/dust canisters, filters, blockages, gaps in the airflow, motors. Familiarize yourself with how each part of the vacuum works to help understand what you’re looking for with each step. 

First, check the bag or dust canister. It may seem obvious, but if the bag/canister is full, it will directly affect the quality of vacuum service you experience. Also check the bag for rips or holes.

Second, check the filters. There are pre- and post-motor filters, make sure they are not caked in dust, this prevents the air from flowing through at full volume. Many filters are washable, and will say so on the filter themselves. Run them under water and allow to dry for about 24 hours. If the filter is non-washable or damaged, visit a vacuum store or vacuum shop to get the proper replacement goods.

Next, check for blockages in the tubing by turning the machine off and squeezing along the hose that connects the base to the receptacle. Often, dust and dirt can collect in the tube so breaking it up or releasing those blockages can restore airflow. Check the brush roll underneath by spinning it around by hand and looking for any resistance/blockage there, focus on the area where the hose comes into the bottom. Use a coat hanger or your fingers to poke around in hose opening and see if you feel any debris. Vacuum manufactures do sell replacement brush roll pieces, if necessary.

Fourth, gaps in the airflow are common in vacuums that have been used for a while. Many vacuums get pulled around the room by their hose and over time can those hoses can get wear holes. Those holes, however small, can compromise the airflow and reduce suction.

Lastly, if you have gone down the checklist and have been unable to identify the source of your suction blues, there could be an issue with the motor. Replacing your vacuums motor at home is certainly do-able, but it may be time to visit the repair shop.

So, did you forget to change the bag? Did you pull out a giant hair ball from the brush roller? More importantly, did you solve the great vacuum debacle?! Give yourself a high-five, crank the music back up and carry on, my friend. You fixed your electrical appliance and you can do anything!

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