Vacuum maintenance is the simplest, least expensive way to get your cleaner to perform at peak efficiency. Not only does this give you a return on investment and help you avoid inconveniences, but it also contributes to the environment by keeping machines out of landfills.
Generally, if well maintained, a vacuum can live up to eight years. Make yours last and avoid replacing it by taking better care of your cleaning companion. Follow these essential tips:
1. Clean the attachments
Don’t leave your vacuum attachments dirty. When you notice dust build up, wipe the nozzles and tubes with a cloth. Pay close attention to the motorised brush where hair and fibres can get trapped, which can stop it from spinning and damage its bearings. To detangle, remove the detachable roller from the unit and cut the knots with a pair of scissors, being careful not to include the bristles. Learn more about how you can clean your vacuum attachments in our tutorial.
2. Inspect the belt
The drive belt is the rubber band that connects the brush to the motor shaft to make it spin. Make sure it’s not stretched out so your vacuum can capture all debris with less swipes. If it needs to be changed, you can buy a new drive belt and easily replace it yourself by following its instructions.
3. Empty the bin or bag
Dust containers need to have enough space for airflow, otherwise, they could get clogged and have less suction power. Regularly check your dust compartment and empty or change it when it’s already 70-80% full. If you have pets or a large home, we recommend you do this more often. You can also rely on some Electrolux bagged models that have a bag change indicator. Most bagless types have transparent dust cups so you can monitor the dirt intake.
4. Assess the filter
Filters are designed to catch allergens and pollen. Wash or replace them to ensure good air quality in your home and to maintain your vacuum’s suction. While cleaning instructions may depend on your use and vacuum type, as a general rule, wash your fine dust filters once a month, and clean or replace your HEPA filters every 6-12 months. Washable filters can be simply rinsed under the tap, then let dry. Learn more about cleaning and replacing vacuum filters.
5. Schedule an appointment with us
Follow the tips above to keep your vacuum in top condition. If you need a deeper inspection or repair, reach out to our Customer Service Centre and our expert technicians will happily assist you. For appliance queries or maintenance help, please contact our customer care team.
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