You want to make sure you keep up on your vacuum cleaner's maintenance so you keep it running the way it should. If you don't regularly perform maintenance on it, there are things that can go wrong and it can break the vacuum. The following tips will help your vacuum in good condition.
Clean out the canister
If you have a vacuum cleaner that has a canister instead of a bag, you want to clean it out often. Don't allow the dirt to gather up to the top. Even though the canister can hold more, allowing it to fill up to the top will cause the vacuum to have an acrid smell. When you clean the canister, take a few extra minutes to rinse it out with warm water and dry it completely.
Check the filters
A lot of people know where the main filter is on the vacuum, but many don't know that there can actually be many filters on one cleaner. This is why it's important to pay close attention to the manual that comes with the cleaner. Some of the filters are small and can be hidden. Not cleaning all the filters can keep your vacuum from running as efficiently as it should.
When you take the filters out, you want to remove all the dirt you can by gently hitting the filter against the side of your trash can. Depending on your model, you may also want to rinse each filter out with water and set them to dry.
Check the belt
The belt located under the vacuum will wear out and need replacing after a period of time. To check the condition of your belt, unplug your vacuum and turn it upside down. Use a screw driver to unscrew the protective plate and set it to the side. Look at the condition of the belt. It should fit tightly still and have no cracks in it. Also, if you smell a burned rubber smell, then it's time to replace the belt.
Once you are done checking the belt, you should take the opportunity to use scissors to cut hair out that's wrapped tightly around the rollers.
By taking good care of your vacuum, you'll be able to count on it working well for much longer. Also, it will help your house to smell fresher after you vacuum if you have taken the time to clean it properly. If your cleaner starts making weird sounds or showing other signs of distress, you should have it looked at right away so you can avoid bigger problems.
For more information on vacuum repair, contact a company like Everett Vacuum LLC.