A quality vacuum cleaner is a substantial purchase for most consumers. Even the highest quality vacuum cleaner will need repairs at some point in its life time. One of the more common repairs for aging vacuums is cord replacement. Vacuum power cords are stretched, twisted and dragged all around the house and eventually the cord will start to look like a bit of a fire hazard. When the cord begins to look frayed or ragged it’s time for a replacement. You can make an appointment to bring your machine to a local vacuum repair shop or attempt fixing it yourself.
How to Repair the Vacuum Cleaner Power Cord
Step 1. Repairing a vacuum cleaner power cord is a relatively simple fix and if you’re fairly handy you should be able to repair the cleaner yourself. Every vacuum is different and you should consult your manual and warranty before starting this project.
Start by removing the old frayed cord. The power cord is attached to the vacuum motor in the interior of the unit. The wires need to be detached from the motor in order for the power cord to come free from the vacuum.
Step 2. To access the vacuum’s motor, the machine needs to be partially disassembled. If your vacuum has a brush system you’ll need to remove the roller and belt to access the motor. Remove the bottom plate and pull the brush roll and belt out of the vacuum. Next you’ll need to remove all the fasteners holding the motor housing. Finally you’ll need to detach the handle from the motor by unscrewing the fasteners holding it in place. Be careful with the exposed wires after the motor has been removed from the rest of the vacuum. Before you detach the power cord, make note of its orientation- this will be useful when installing the new cord. Finally, remove the cord.
Step 3. Installing the new cord begins with taking parts from your old cord. Transfer all retaining parts from the old cord to your new cord. It’s all downhill from here. Twist the wires together and orient them as they were before you began the repair. Everything should look exactly the way it was before interfering.
Step 4. Reassemble the vacuum cleaner by reversing your disassemble process. Replacing old, worn cords is necessary to keep your home safe. Mangled cords could cause a fire and damage your machine. Cord replacement is fairly simple and you should be able to do this repair at home saving you the time and money of visiting a vacuum repair shop.
Reasons to Fix Your Own Vacuum Cleaner
If your vacuum cleaner isn’t working properly, then you might be tempted to buy a new one, and throw the broken one away. Before you do buy a new one, you might want to fix your existing vacuum cleaner.
Here’s why you should fix it instead.
- Most vacuum problems are easy to diagnose from the symptoms, and so you can be confident that you have got the information you need to get the right parts to get it working again
- Although you may have never taken a vacuum apart before, you’ll be reassured to know that most problems are easy to resolve, and so you don’t need to be an engineer, electrician or mechanic to fix yours.
- Parts for the major brands are easy to get hold of, so there’s a good chance that you can get the parts you need for your brand and model of cleaner.
- The majority of problems won’t take won’t take long to fix, so you won’t be without your vacuum cleaner for very long.
- As well as not being able to clean your home, there is the inconvenience of being without it. You’ll have to send your cleaner to an authorized dealer, or take it to a local repair center. You’ve then got to wait until they get round to looking at your vacuum, and then you need to be in when they send it back. If that sounds like hard work to you, then you’ll definitely want to have a go at fixing yours yourself.
- Fixing your own vacuum cleaner is much cheaper than buying a new vacuum cleaner, or having it repaired professionally. As well as the cost of parts, there is also the cost of labor, which is likely to be quite high.
- By repairing your own, there is much less hassle involved, and there is no need to research a new vacuum cleaner. You won’t need to find out whether your model is still being made, or more about the features and benefits of newer, or more expensive models.
- Instead of taking your vacuum cleaner to the tip and buying a new one, by repairing it, you’re actually doing your bit for the environment too. There’s less landfill, and less natural resources are required too.
- You’ll also have the satisfaction of a job well done, and the skills and knowledge to tackle other problems that might arise with your vacuum cleaner, or perhaps other domestic items.
- Carrying our repairs on your vacuum are cost effective, and will mean that your cleaner will be able to provide many more years of trusty reliable service. You might only need to replace the filters, or you might have to change the motor or the power cord, but you’ll be saving money, time and the environment, all at the same time.