Good vacuum maintenance can mean the difference between having to repair or replace your vacuum. Here are a few tips to help your vacuum stay in top condition:
Always use the appropriate bags designed for your machine. They are designed to fit properly and breathe better for peak airflow. Change the bags frequently because the cleaner the bag, the more dirt you can pick up. Consider the better filtering bags available today. Allergen or HEPA-grade bags filter better than the standard or Micro-Filtered bags. They cost a bit more but well worth it if you want a cleaner environment.
Belts stretch, even when they are not in use. A stretched or damaged belt won’t turn the brush assembly as effectively and dirt won’t be loosened from deep in the carpet fibers. Belts should be replaced every three to four months, sooner if the vacuum is used more.
Brush Assembly (Agitator):
Clean the brush roller at least every two weeks, depending on usage. Thread, string, and pet hair can get caught on the brushes, putting a strain on the brush roller, the belt, and the motor.
You should clean or replace the filter on your vacuum as recommended in your owner’s manual. This is usually between 3 to 6 months, but some may be only once a year, depending on the manufacturer and the model.