How It Works: Vacuum Cleaners

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Vacuum not picking up dirt or brush not spinning? This video provides information on how a vacuum cleaner works and offers troubleshooting tips to assist you in diagnosing and repair.

Here is a list of the most commonly replaced parts associated with each vacuum cleaner symptom:

Vacuum cleaner won’t pick up, no suction: air filter, hose, bag, dust cup, blower wheel
Vacuum cleaner motor does not run: on- off switch, drive motor
Vacuum cleaner brush not spinning: drive belt, cogged belt, brushroll
Vacuum cleaner belt keeps breaking: brushroll assembly, bearing or cover

All of the information provided in this vacuum cleaner troubleshooting video is applicable to the following brands: Bissell, Dirt Devil, Electrolux, Eureka, Hoover, Kirby, LG, Oreck.
1Maintenance tips for your vacuum cleaner
Maintenance tips for your vacuum cleaner
The vacuum cleaner makes it easy to quickly remove dust, dirt and other particles from carpets and floors. Regular maintenance will keep it running well.
2Upright and canister vacuum cleaners:
3Periodically clean the brushroll.
Periodically clean the brushroll.
Remove carpet strings, hair and other debris from the brushroll. Debris buildup on the brushroll will cause the vacuum cleaner to have to work harder and may lead to problems.
4Replace the bag or empty the tank before it’s completely full.
Replace the bag or empty the tank before it’s completely full.
5Replace the return air filter, if equipped on your model, once per year.
Replace the return air filter, if equipped on your model, once per year.
If your model uses a HEPA filter, replace this every six to eight months. Enter your vacuum cleaner’s model to find replacement filters for your model.
6Central vacuum cleaners:
7At least two or three times a year, empty the canister before it is completely full.
82. Replace the filter, if equipped, once a year. If there is no filter, clean the screen each time the canister is emptied.

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