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Vacuum Cleaner Diagnostics

There are four main types of vacuum cleaner:
Dry Pickup Tub Type
Wet and Dry Pickup Type
Standard Cylinder
Standard Upright

Dry Pickup Tub Type
About the only main problem with dry pickup tub type type vacuum cleaners is the motor. The failure of the motor will often be accompanied by a nasty hot smell, and possibly a loud noise.
Motors can be replaced. Please check with us for cost details.
Some dry pickup type tub vacuum cleaners make use of a speed control pcb.
If this fails, the machine will probably just die, and you will need to seek the help of a qualified domestic electrical appliance spares and repairs outlet.
All vacuum cleaners suffer if regular maintenance is not undertaken.
This includes replacing bags when about two-thirds full; fitting new filters as soon as they show signs of clogging, and making sure you avoid picking up sharp, hot, or wet items.
Hoses, floor tools, and extension rods all wear out and are easily replaced.
Don't forget to order a supply of paper bags and filters while you're on!

Wet and Dry Pickup Type
About the only main problem with wet + dry type vacuum cleaners is the motor.
The failure of the motor will often be accompanied by a nasty hot smell, and possibly a loud noise. Motors can be replaced. Please check with us for cost details.
Some wet & dry vacuum cleaners make use of a speed control pcb. If this fails, the machine will probably just die, and you will need to seek the help of a qualified domestic electrical appliance spares and repairs outlet.
All vacuum cleaners suffer if regular maintenance is not undertaken. This includes replacing bags when about two-thirds full; fitting new filters as soon as they show signs of clogging, and making sure you avoid picking up sharp, or hot items.
Hoses, floor tools, and extension rods all wear out and are easily replaced.
Don't forget to order a supply of paper bags and filters while you're on!

Standard Cylinder
About the only main problem with cylinder type vacuum cleaners is the motor.
The failure of the motor will often be accompanied by a nasty hot smell, and possibly a loud noise. Motors can be replaced. Please check with us for cost details.
Some cylinder vacuum cleaners make use of a speed control pcb.
If this fails, the machine will probably just die, and you will need to seek the help of a qualified domestic electrical appliance spares and repairs outlet.
All vacuum cleaners suffer if regular maintenance is not undertaken. This includes replacing bags when about two-thirds full; fitting new filters as soon as they show signs of clogging, and making sure you avoid picking up sharp, hot, or wet items.
Hoses, floor tools, and extension rods all wear out and are easily replaced.
Don't forget to order a supply of paper bags, air fresheners, and filters while you're on!

Standard Upright
If your upright vacuum cleaner is not picking up, but sounds ok when the motor is running, then the chances are you have one of the following problems.
1: Belt. The belt which links the motor to the brush roll (or agitator) has broken, or become stretched to the point of ineffectiveness.
The solution is to replace the belt. This is normally a straightforward task.
Turn the machine upside-down. There will be a few screws to undo to remove the cover over the brush roll. Take this off, and remove the old belt (or the remains of it). Don't forget to make sure that the drive spindle from the motor is clean and free of any old belt remains. Fit new belt and replace cover.
2: The machine could be blocked.
If this is the case, the only solution is to dismantle it, starting with any removable hose parts, to locate the source of the blockage.
Motors may also fail.
The failure of the motor will often be accompanied by a nasty hot smell, and possibly a loud noise. Motors can be replaced. Please check with us for cost details.
Some upright vacuum cleaners make use of a speed control pcb. If this fails, the machine will probably just die, and you will need to seek the help of a qualified domestic electrical appliance spares and repairs outlet.
All vacuum cleaners suffer if regular maintenance is not undertaken. This includes replacing bags when about two-thirds full; fitting new filters as soon as they show signs of clogging, and making sure you avoid picking up sharp, hot, or wet items.
Hoses, floor tools, brush rollers and extension rods all wear out and are easily replaced.
Don't forget to order a supply of paper bags, air fresheners, belts, and filters, while you're on!

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