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How to Identify and Fix Common Vacuum Problems ?

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Loose connections will cause your vacuum cleaner to lose suction. Make sure that the dust container, the hose, the tube and the brush are all attached properly. If the problem continues, your vacuum cleaner might have a technical problem. If you suspect this to be the case, contact an authorised service agent.
One of the easiest ways to increase vacuum cleaner suction is to empty the dust bag or container. Dust containers need to have enough space for airflow, otherwise, they could get clogged and have less suction power. Regularly check your dust compartment and empty or change it when it`s already 70-80% full.
It is important to check your vacuum filter regularly and replace it when necessary. A clogged air filter will decrease the suction power of your vacuum cleaner and make it less effective at removing dirt and dust from your home.
So, the usual areas that cause suction loss include the wrong height setting, stuck rollers, a faulty gasket, a broken vacuum belt, a filled bag, or a clogged hose.
Gravity and friction are the two main forces that make vacuum suction work. While gravity pulls molecules in the air toward the earth, creating an atmospheric pressure, the suction cup and vacuum pump cause a pressure difference, attaching both surfaces.
The two main indicators to determine vacuum power performance are water lift and airflow. The water lift is measured in mmH2O, mbar or kPa. It represents the suction force and is the reference parameter for vacuuming liquids and heavy materials. The airflow is measured in m3/h or in l/s.
All vacuum cleaners operate based on air flowing from the opening at the cleaning head or tool, through the vacuum cleaner and the bag and/or filter system and then out the exhaust port. This airflow is created by the vacuum motor, which also may be referred to as the suction motor.
A good rule of thumb is to replace the main filter every 3 to 5 years or when you see vacuum performance drop to an unacceptable level.
When you use a vacuum cleaner without a HEPA filter, these particles are stirred up and put back out into the air through your vacuum`s exhaust. Regular filters can`t remove these harmful particulates and this puts the people in your home at risk.
Boil old suction cups to revive them.

Take the pot off of heat and drop your suction cups in for about 30 seconds. Take them out with a pair of tongs and pat them dry on a lint-free towel. Try to use the suction cups right after you dry so they`re still warm and flexible.

Suction is the measure of pressure created by a vacuum motor measured in inches of water lift. Air flow is the measure of air volume flowing through a system measured in CFM or cubic feet per minute.
Air watts are a European test standard (IEC60312) for vacuums. An upright vacuum cleaner should be around 100 air watts and a cylinder vacuum cleaner needs to be about 220 air watts.
So a 1000W vacuum cleaner will use 1 kilowatt (1000 Watts) of electricity in 1 hour. The point here is that it is a consumption measurement, rather than a power output measurement… it tells you nothing about suction. If you want to use more electricity, then use a vacuum cleaner with higher wattage.
Vacuum suspension uses an active pump to create a negative pressure differential that doesn`t depend upon the prosthetic leg position. In a suction socket you still have some movement, but with elevated vacuum you eliminate almost all pistoning. Suction suspension basically is just a sealed chamber.
The most effective way to determine if your water filter is working properly is to test your water before and after it passes through your filter. Such analysis is called performance testing because it tests the effectiveness of your filter in reducing or removing potentially harmful contaminants that pass through.
Vacuuming can release and re-introduce pollutants back into your air, while washing the filters could potentially cause mold to grow if the filters are not dried fully. The only way to keep your filters fresh is to replace them regularly.
You`ll need it—the filter prevents dust from blowing out of the top while you`re cleaning. For wet surfaces, however, you`ll need to remove the filter entirely. Liquids will damage filters, and you could even potentially ruin your vacuum if you suck up water before removing the filter.
First, be sure to change the filter regularly – as we mentioned before, this is key to preventing clogs. Finally, if you generally have low water pressure in your home, this can also lead to clogs, so be sure to have the water pressure checked.
All you have to do is dab a little petroleum jelly into the cup and hold it in place wherever you`re attempting to stick it. Yup—it really is that simple. You might be wondering why petroleum jelly is so effective in making suction cups stick.
Add a few drops of soap or detergent into a bowl of hot water. Submerge the filter and squeeze it so it absorbs the cleaning solution. If the water becomes dirty, empty the bowl and refill with more soapy water. Once the water runs clear after soaking the filter, take it out and rinse the suds away.
The more air flowing through a vacuum, the better, which therefore means that the higher the airflow rate, the higher the cleaning power. An average airflow rating for a vacuum cleaner sits between 50 – 100 CFM.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

the most relevant questions and answers related to your specific issue

Suction problem Suction is about half the capacity it should be.
ANSWER : First thing you need to do is replace the disc filter benieth the conical shaped shroud. also there is batting in the upper part of the vacuum tat should be replaced once every 4 years as well as it gets clogged with carbonfrom the motor. this increases the air flow through the vacuum keeping the motor cool and increasing your suction as well. the disc filter benieth the conical shroud should be replaced every 6 months under normal use and every 3 months under really dusty situations, and if vacuuming up fine talk powder every month. also check for a clog in the hose by hooking the hose up to the blower port on the top of the vacuum.

Suction problem my proheat wont suction water out of carpet,,, it made a mess of my carpets now, any one no how to fix the suction problem?
ANSWER : The valve on the bottom of the water bucket is not being pushed up enough to allow the vaccuum to go through. Perhaps a part is missing but I used a small ball bearing and a car vaccuum cap to build it up and now our works but it is still a piece of ****. I hope this helps
.Today lemonaide is made of artificial flavors and furnature polish is made of real lemons.
.Believe me that alot of stuff now is **** and you will find that out. I have to fix most stuff that comes right out of the box before we can use it. If I cannot I take the darn thing back. Welcome to the real world of the industry standards that have no ethics anymore.

No suction I am getting no suction on my central vac at the vac. I do not believe that the piping is plugged up, the vacuum is not creating suction. What are the causes of no suction at the vacuum and how do I take the top half of the Nutone central vac off?
ANSWER : Use the guide at to find the issue and solution. Most likely you need to test it without any filter and be sure the bottom of the unit is attached 🙂 To get access to the motors you need to unbolt the very top sides.

Poor Suction Heya! So I just picked up a used Dyson, but when I vacuum with it, the suction is pretty weak and it spits all kinds of stuff out the back and into my feet. When I pull the hose I have good suction, but in regular mode it hardly picks up anything. The brushes are spinning, and it eventually will clean an area if I go over it again and again. Maybe a clog somewhere? Please tell me that Dysons have better suction than my $50 Dirt Devil! Thanks!
ANSWER : I recently bought a second hand Dyson DC07. Its suction was poor. I removed all the un-clipable pipe bits and to remove any blockage but it all looked clear. The Final Sponge and hepper filter did have a lot of dust in it and the rotating brush was full of hair but nothing bad.
.I eventual gave in to curiosity and removed the three screws in the top or the yellow removable dust collection tube and cyclone bit to see what was in there. The mechanism to release the flap at the bottom of the collection tube does not allow you to remove the lid completely but it does open far enough to get inside. I found the whole top section of the yellow plastic bit blocked by a big plug of compacted dust and a champagne cork. If you are willing to take the risk and have a torx 15 screwdriver handy it that part may be blocked. It did get a bit messy.
.If I was going to attempt the same procedure I’d remove the dust collection unit from the vacuum cleaner as I did before, but leave the clear tube attached and the emptying flap firmly closed to reduce the mess from the dust falling out the bottom while cleaning the top part.

No suction whether I’m using the tools or using the vacuum upright, there is no suction. I have checked the hose to make it is not clogged- still no suction. What is the problem?
ANSWER : Your intake hose might be clogged at the bottom ,it the clear hose that comes up from the bottom .you will see it from the back.take the dirt cup off there is a filter inside that most likely is clogged

Suction Cover The suction cover of my Eureka Deep Steam 2575A is broken – the tabs snapped off of the cover so I am unable to screw the suction cover back on. I need to purchase a new suction cover but can’t find one anywhere. Anyone know what I can do? thanks

Suction hose I can’t get the suction hose to work…and I have cleaned it out to make sure it isn’t plugged. There is a small amount of suction just not enought to pick anything up…..the floor part works great…what could be the problem
ANSWER : I would first double check the hose, remove it and drop a marble through it to be sure. make sure the bag is new and also check the filter underneath the bag if it is clogged it could cut the suction.

Suction problems I have cleaned all filters and still have suction problems, making odd noise when turned on.
ANSWER : One thing Dyson did recommend is to take an air compressor (or hair dryer) to the thingy in the collection reservoir. This seemed to help a little…