• Essential Parts

    Essential Parts

    There are many places that you can use to find parts
    for a vacuum cleaner that is broken, providing you
    have someone around that is handy enough with tools
    to take a swing at fixing it.  The part that breaks
    the most on most less expensive vacuum cleaners
    is the drive belt.  It's the rubberized belt that
    is around 6 inches long, that when stretched out
    turns the brushes on the bottom of the vacuum.

    When you take the vacuum over objects that don't
    belong in the vacuum cleaner, such as pieces of
    rope or a cat's tail and the unit comes to a screeching
    halt, the burning smell that will soon fill up the
    air is your drive belt slowly melting away.

    Luckily, the drive belt is available at several
    locations, so many in fact that your local drug
    store may even carry them!  They are cheap to buy
    and a snap to replace with a screwdriver and a bit
    of common sense.  For other types of problems that
    you may encounter, there are a lot of resources at
    your disposal just in case you decide to tackle
    the problem on your own.

    You should never forget that when you buy parts for
    your vacuum cleaner, most of the parts you'll need
    are going to be specifically made for your particular
    brand name and model.  With the exception of basic
    items such as drive belts and most bags, most parts
    aren't interchangeable between brands and between
    different models of the same brand.

    The first thing to try when you need a part for
    your vacuum cleaner is the local Yellow Pages
    book.  Inside of the Yellow Pages, you'll find
    many listings for appliance parts and suppliers.
    You'll have to call each one of the individually
    to find out if they carry parts for your model
    and brand.  In the rare event that they don't
    carry what you need, they can normally order it
    for you quickly and easily.  If that fails, you
    can always call the company direct that manufactured
    your model of vacuum cleaner and order the part
    that way.

    Most of the time, you won't have any problem
    getting your hands on a part for your vacuum
    cleaner, unless it is a more intricate part that
    isn't readily available.  Parts such as the intake
    or exhaust port are very tricky to replace, and
    you will probably want to have a professional
    fix these types of problems.

    Drive belts, vacuum bags, and little problems such
    as these are a snap to replace.  With the older
    style of vacuum cleaners, you don't have to be
    an expert to fix a majority of the problems.  The
    newer models however, require quite a bit of
    skill and technique.

    One of the most common problems that will happen
    is clogging.  If your vacuum stops picking up
    dirt and dust, chances are it has become clogged,
    which is normally not a parts problem.  All you
    need to do to fix it is take the front assembly
    off, then manually clean out the agitators and
    the housing where the dirt makes its way upwards
    through the vacuum cleaner.  This is very easy
    to do, and won't take you but a couple of minutes.

    Anytime you encounter a parts problem with your
    vacuum cleaner, you should always take things one
    step at a time and don't rush.  You can almost
    always get a hold of a part.  If the part is more
    expensive than you anticipated, you can always
    scrap the vacuum cleaner and buy yourself a
    better one - which will save you a lot of time
    and headache in the long run.


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