3 Most Common Repairs Vacuums Need And Why

Posted on: 8 September 2015


If your vacuum is smoking, whining, or smelling like sour milk, then you've likely run into one of the reasons why it needs repairs. Find out what the most common vacuum repairs are and why they happen so you can prevent them from happening again.

Broken belt

This is a common vacuum nuisance, since a broken belt usually results in filling the house with the foul stench of burning rubber. The biggest culprit behind a broken vacuum belt is tension. You can reduce tension on your vacuum belt by cleaning out its brush often (make sure your vacuum is always unplugged when you do this) to remove string, hair, and caught debris, You can also help your belt last longer by changing out your vacuum's bag or container before it is all the way full.

Odor removal

If your vacuum smells like rotten garbage every time you turn it on, then there is usually a good reason for it. You probably vacuumed over something wet, such as a juice spill on the carpet or a pet accident, without realizing it and inadvertently allowed bacteria to enter your vacuum's innards. You should take your vacuum to a repair shop if the stench continues, since the appliance will need to be taken apart and the hose and compartments cleaned and sanitized. Prevent this from happening in the future by checking the carpet for wet spots prior to vacuuming. Place baking soda on stains and allow it to dry before running your vacuum over them.


A whining vacuum usually has a loose bearing or bolt at fault deep within the head of the cleaner. This happens over time as the rumbling of the machine shakes gears loose. This results in a keen whine that becomes louder the more you vacuum. Again, take your vacuum to a repair shop to have it inspected so the loose bearing can be repaired. While there is no real cure for this natural wear and tear, listening for odd sounds in the future can help prevent them from becoming worse. Take care of noise issues right away by taking your appliance in for repairs when you notice them.

With proper care and maintenance, your vacuum should last for many years. Always listen (and sniff) for signs that your vacuum is in need of repair, as you will likely come across one of these issues at some time or another. In knowing what to look out for, you can better prevent these kinds of repairs from being needed again.  

To learn more, contact a vacuum cleaner repair company like Everett Vacuum LLC