Broken or Split Vacuum Cleaner Repair Tips

A vacuum cleaner is the essential and common household appliance with the quality expectancy of about 10 years. However, sometimes these electronic machines are bound to break or split, due to their regular use, poor storage and to some extent electrical malfunctions. 

Very often if the hoses develop cracks, holes, and tears then the vacuum cleaners’ suction power might be compromised. When this happens, you may think of disposing your hose or replacing your cleaner instead of repairing which will save up money.


Vacuum Cleaner Repairing Tips

1. Assembling the necessary materials

To continue your vacuum cleaner repairing process, you need some necessary materials. In most cases, some of the materials you will need to repair your cleaner are-

  • A coated wire for pulling clogs out
  • Broom handle for stretching and straightening the hose
  • Duct tape for sealing hose cracks and tears
  • A knife for cutting when necessary, and
  • Chalk or powder to chuck out adhesives

Fixing the vacuum cleaner is a difficult job which demands time and patience. You have to take your cleaner outside, because the hose may contain dust and debris that can damage your furniture or cleaned floors.

2. Checking The Hose For The Leaking Spot

Once you have the essential repair elements, the next step is to look for a leak in the hose. You can start by assessing the damage to the hose. If there is any leak in the hose, it affects suction power and subsequently, the efficiency of the appliance.

But, unless very tiny, a leak is easy to spot; therefore, it is important to have it fixed. You have to feel the entire hose end to end using your fingers and try to feel the gap or split. A small leak eventually turned to be a large enough hole that let in air hence creates the inefficiency. 

Hold the hose under a tap and allow a substantial amount of water into the hose, if for some reasons, you fail to locate the leak with your fingers. Hold the hose to form letter U and slosh the water in the hose back and forth, and once the water hits the split or gap, it will leak.

Mark the leaking spot with a marker, and try to confirm whether there is another leaking spot before you move to the next step.

3. Prepare the leaking area

Before you seal the leak with duct tape, don’t forget to clean the area around the split with soap and water to get rid of grease, dust, and dirt, otherwise, these could restrain the duct tape fastening power.

Before fixing the leaked areas, you should wait until the area is completely dry. Try to avoid getting liquids into the cleaning machine unless you have a dry vacuum cleaner.

4. Fixing the problem

  • The leak fixing process depends on various issues including where it is located, and the type of vacuum cleaner you have. If the leak is located near the hose, take off the plastic connector, and get a knife to cut a hose an inch off the leak.
  • Put the plastic connector back, but on the new end and reconnect to the cleaner. This is an easy step to solve leak solution for those vacuum cleaners that utilize machine connectors that cannot be taken off. You will need more time and dedication to fix the leak if your vacuum cleaner has a machine installed connector. In these cases, you have to use the duct tape, chalk or powder, and broom handle.
  • What you are going to have to do is-apply the powder to part of the broom handle and slide it inside the hose to stretch out the split spot, ensuring that you can see the powder on the broom handle through the gap before using the tape to cover the leaking point.
  • The broom handle stretches the hosepipe so that you can view and cover the area with ease, and after covering the leak with tape- you are left with a sticky part inside the hose that can entrap dust, debris and all sorts of junk that can create clogging.
  • Sprinkle powder on the floor, and dry it using your vacuum cleaner to avoid this. This step will also confirm if you have repaired the leak properly and it safe now.
  • Don’t forget that, sealing the hose with tape is a temporary solution. The powerful suction force will tear the tape, subsequently, will create the leak again.

However, you can repeat the same process over and over again but it would be tiring and a waste of time. But if the leak becomes difficult to fix, it would be a wise idea either to get a new vacuum cleaner or at least a new hose pipe.

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The role of vacuum cleaners in homes cannot be underestimated, and they play an important role in every household to keep the floor and carpets clean. Hence, it is necessary to take extra care of this appliance and try to fix the problem whenever a problem arises. 

Many other problems of a vacuum cleaner such as clogging- can also be fixed at home. Use your broom handle to loosen the clog and force it out, in case of clogging. 

Theresa Lori

Theresa Lori, a Mom, a Wife, and a blog writer based in the United States. Published on Pro Vacuum Cleaner in need of a new vacuum cleaner, carpet cleaner, steam mop, or even spare parts & accessories for your beloved appliance. And also lots of Cleaning tips for your Home, Carpet, Tiles, Wooden floor.

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