Getting the most out of your vacuum, means getting to know your vacuum.
“Taking a few minutes to understand the different parts of your vacuum is going to be important because you don't want to damage your floor,” says Angie Hicks of Angie's List. “For example, the beater bar, which is right here in the front of the sweeper, is actually not good for hard surface floors.”
You should regularly empty your vacuum's canisters, replace its bags and clean its filters.
If you're good to your little dirt gobbler but it's still losing suction, it's probably time to have it checked out.
Hicks says, as long as you keep the motor from burning out, you and your vacuum can enjoy a long and productive relationship.
“An older generation vacuum cleaner can still be a great vacuum cleaner,” says Hicks. “One member, for example, had a broken vacuum cleaner and took it to the vacuum shop because it was making a smoking smell and found out it was a $1.50 repair and a 5-minute job.”
If you decide to kick your old vacuum to the curb, experts say there's one feature you should always look for in a new model.
“The biggest advice that I would have is get a vacuum that takes a bag that is the single most important thing,” says Kurt Chavez of Vacuum Sales & Service. “It helps protect the motor.”
Chavez adds, “Having that first layer of filtration is important — with a bag vacuum, you change the bag every two months or so depending on use, where with the bagless, you have to empty that cup every time you use it. It actually is more cost effective to use a bag machine.”Hicks says, with proper maintenance, a good vacuum should last 10 to 20 years.
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