Vacuum cleaners may be the items that break the most often in a home, due to the heavy use of the machines and their many moving parts. A vacuum that is losing suction or is no longer sucking at all may have a problem with its main hose.
Vacuum cleaner hose repair is something that anyone can perform at home, and it is much easier than buying a replacement vacuum. Vacuum cleaner hose repair can be done in many ways and to fix many different types of problems.
The vacuum cleaner hose has the vacuum intake port at one end, bringing in the air, dirt and debris that vacuums take in. The hose then is the place that clogs will usually form, and can also sustain damage from frequent use or from items that strike the inside of the hose. Vacuum cleaner hose repair is usually a matter of either finding and removing a clog or of repairing a crack or fissure in the hose.
Vacuum Cleaner Hose Obstructions
Once the vacuum has been turned off and unplugged, allow it to sit for a few minutes to cool down before attempting any vacuum cleaner hose repair. Many vacuum cleaner models have parts that heat up during use and can cause severe burns to the skin. If the vacuum has been losing suction, there is a good chance that the problem may be an obstruction in the hose.
The hose should be inverted so that it is possible to look down into the hose and see if there are any clogs visible. Any visible clogs can be cleaned out with fingers or with a broom handle. Pushing a broom handle into the hose and the wand may loosen any clogs and allow the vacuum to function normally.
If the clog is not easy to reach, it may be that debris has collected where the hose connects to the vacuum housing. In this case, vacuum parts should be removed one at a time, with debris removed as it is found. If the debris is not easy to pull away from the hose, it may be necessary to remove the hose completely from the housing in order to free the clog. Once the vacuum cleaner hose repair is finished, the entire vacuum will then have to be reassembled.
Cracks in the Hose
Because cracks are common in vacuum hoses, it is generally recommended to inspect the hose at least once a year for cracks or holes. Any type of fissure in a vacuum hose will seriously impact the suction of the vacuum. Depending on the size of the fissure, there is a relatively easy vacuum cleaner hose repair remedy.
A small crack or hole in a vacuum hose can be fixed by covering it thoroughly with duct tape. This strong tape will generally hold well as long as the tape is placed all the way around the hose. Be sure to put the tape on the outside of the hose and not the inside.
Some vacuum cleaner manufacturers make kits specifically for vacuum cleaner hose repair. If the hose has serious damage, it may be a good idea to contact the manufacturer to find out about the repair kits available.
If the vacuum is an older model with no repair kits available, it may be easier simply to purchase a new hose to replace it with. There are a number of retailers that specialize in hard to find vacuum cleaner parts for many makes and models.