5 Essential Tips for Maintaining Your Central Vacuum System

Central vacuum cleaners are getting popular by the day because of the easy nature of using them. Apart from the hectic nature involved in installing these machines, they are one of the most effective methods used by whole houses for cleaning. It’s easy to see why central vacuum cleaners are gaining in popularity – unlike traditional vacuum cleaners that need you to move them for a place to place, central vacuum cleaners are a lot easy to use. They are more convenient than traditional vacuum cleaners and are a very good time saver. Overall they provide users will more power for deep and thorough cleaning throughout the home.

If you have decided to make use of a central vacuum cleaner be sure to keep up with the maintenance. Generally speaking, the maintenance requirement of central vacuum cleaners shouldn’t be much of a hassle but they are needed to keep the system working efficiently to keep the whole house working optimally.

In this article, we will review 5 of the most important tips that will help keep the central vacuum system working at optimal conditions. These tips will help you save money in the long run by eliminating the need for expensive repairs.


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Before we dive into the maintenance tips be sure that you have installed the central vacuum cleaner correctly.

Installing a central vacuum cleaner: The first step to proper maintenance is to ensure that the central vacuum is correctly installed. If you fail to install the central vacuum correctly, you may have just succeeded in jeopardizing maintenance efforts. We highly recommend that you employ the services of a professional vacuum cleaner installer to do the job for you. Because of the complexities of installing a central vacuum cleaner, we suggest that you don’t attempt it on your own even if you have A+ rated do-it-yourself skill.

The skill level and technique needed to install a central vacuum cleaner is very high and it becomes extremely difficult when these vacuums have to be installed in a preexisting home. A professional will bring in years of experience he/she has with installation to make the whole process a lot easier than you will ever imagine.

Here are 5 tips for maintaining your central vacuum cleaners

Check the motor system regularly

The motor of a central vacuum cleaner is central to the cleaners working efficiency. If the motor system is working properly then the vacuum cleaner will be efficient at its job. Check to see if the motor is working as it should. If not, then it may need to be oiled with the proper lubricant. Check the motor brushes to monitor the state of the brushes. If they are worn out, then it might be time to call in the technicians for replacement brushes.

Clean or maintain the vacuum filters

Central vacuum cleaners make use of filters to clear out debris just like traditional vacuum cleaners do. Different central vacuums will have dedicated filters that are made specifically for their operation. Cleaning out the vacuum filter is one of the most important maintenance steps you can take. If you practice regular maintenance on the filters, the vacuum is sure to last for a very long time. Empty the canister of filter bags as often as possible to keep the whole place working at its best.

Replace the filter bags about two to four times yearly. However, replacing the filter bags depends on how often you use the central vacuum cleaner. Be advised though that if you have to replace the bags often then there may be an underlying issue.

To maintain central vacuum cleaners, wash filters with clean water and mild detergent and allow to dry before placing them back in the vacuum.

Remove clogs and dirt

You need to learn how to remove dirt or clogs from central vacuum cleaners. The sticky or moist substance is the major cause of clogs and dirt. Large debris can also cause clogs and dirt in the inner compartments of central vacuum cleaners. Use vacuuming clothes to clean out the clogs or dirty from a central vacuum cleaner. These clothes are sold in stores and retail outlets were hardware and vacuums are sold.

Feed the clothe through the hose while the vacuum is working and allow it pass out from the other end to clear out the clogs. Optionally, you can use a plumber’s snake to run the hose clean from one end to the other end.

The hose is the most used part of the central vacuum cleaner so endeavor to practice proper maintenance on it. Additionally, store the hose to avoid wear and tear – a hose hanger mounted on a wall will do just fine.

Finally, take care of the carpet brush attachment and all other areas where clogs and dirt are likely going to build up. Inspect the bristles to ensure that nothing is entangled within.

Schedule regular inspections

Apart from carrying out personal maintenance, ensure that you also schedule regular maintenance with professionals. Systematic maintenance should be carried out at least once a year to ensure that it continues to function properly. Experts are in the best position to advise you on maintenance schedules to take.

The benefits of scheduling major maintenance can save you a lot of money. More often than not, problems can be detected on time before they cause costly damage to your vacuum.

Apart from carrying out these maintenance tips, central vacuum cleaners shouldn’t be used all the time like traditional vacuum cleaners. Only make use of a central vacuum cleaner at times when you need the whole house cleaned. Its proper practice to combine a central vacuum cleaner with a small traditional vacuum in an effort to minimize unnecessary usage of the central vacuum.

Overusing a central vacuum will lead to excessive debris collection at the canister or filter bag. Besides, overusing a vacuum cleaner will make it develop faults in time. Read the owners Manuel carefully on how to use it.

Endeavor to buy all cleaning and maintenance accessories and parts that come with the central vacuum cleaner. Accessories like replacement bags, cleaning kits, and maintenance clothes are needed to properly take good care of the vacuum cleaner.

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