How to Make a Replacement Post Motor HEPA Filter for Prolux Upright Vacuums

Owning any vacuum requires maintenance. At GreatVacs we understand the importance of understanding how to properly maintain your vacuum. In this video, we explain how to make your own replacement post-motor HEPA filter using a Kirby bag.

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

Tools

  • Your existing post-motor filter
  • A HEPA bag
  • Scissors
  • Marker

 

Instructions

 

Take your existing post-motor filter and lay it on the HEPA bag.

 

Using your marker, trace the filter.

 

Then cut along the line you made.

 

Now you have a new filter that’s the same size as the old one! The great thing about the HEPA bag is that you can make about 3-4 replacement filters!

 

Need a HEPA bag to make your own filters? Click here!

 

Interested in a Prolux upright vacuum cleaner? Follow the links below for the different models.

 

Prolux 7000

Prolux 9000

 

Already have one of these amazing vacuums, but need supplies? We sell them!

 

10 Pack of Bags

New HEPA filter (for 7000/9000 models only)

2 Pack of Belts

 

Don't forget, GreatVacs is the only authorized dealer of Prolux products, so if you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email as service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos on all Prolux products.

 

How to Make a Replacement Post Motor HEPA Filter for Prolux Upright Vacuums

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How to Perform Basic Vacuum Maintenance

No matter what type of vacuum you have, they all have one thing in common – they need to be maintained. Just like anything with moving parts, a lack of maintenance can cause premature wearing out of components that keeps your vacuum working at its best. In this video Kyle goes over some basic tips to keep your vacuum in tip top shape, and last for years to come!

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

Instructions

 

We’ll start off going over why your vacuum cleaner may have poor performance. You could have a full bag or dirt bin, you could have a dirty, clogged filter, your head or hose could be clogged, the brush roll may be covered in hair, or you have seized brush roll bearings.

 

We will be using this specialty maintenance tool. To make it easy, we’re including this tool with most of the vacuums we sell!

 

First, we will go over how to change a full bag or dirt bin. Most vacuums have a full bag indicator light that is located on the canister, which makes it easy to know when you need to swap out the bag with a new one. If your vacuum cleaner uses a dirt bin, you can easily see when it needs to be emptied.

 

If your full indicator light comes on and the bag isn’t actually full, you may have a clog in the head, hose or wand. The vacuum will notice the decrease in suction and may assume the bag is full. To empty the bag you will first need to located the bag chamber. Once opened you will simply remove the bag, throw it away, and put in a new, empty bag. If your vacuum has a bag holder, make sure you don’t throw it away!

 

If your vacuum uses a dirt bin, it’s very simple. Just detach the bin from the vacuum, hold over the trash can, and open the trap door.

 

Next, we’ll go over dirty or clogged filter. If the filter is dirty or clogged it will reduce air flow and can cause the motor to overwork and overheat. This could, in turn, cause the motor to turn off for safety reasons. Most vacuums have a pre- and post-motor filters and you will find them behind a cover or in the bag chamber. Check both filters and clean them if they look dirty.

 

To clean the filters, start by removing them. Then give them a good smack with your hand to remove loose dirt.  Do this outside to avoid making a huge mess in your home.

 

Then, take the specialty tool and use the brush side to get deep down into the grooves. After you’re done the filter should look new again. You may have to repeat it a few times to get all the dirt out.

 

Now, we’ll go over a clogged head, hose, or wand. We mentioned earlier that there may be a clog if the full bag indicator light comes on without the bag actually being full. You may also notice reduced suction and pickup if there’s a clog. The head may even spit debris back out.

 

Start with the wand because it’s the easiest. You put it up to your eye and check to see if you can see light at the other end. If you can see straight through with no problem it isn’t clogged. Can’t see through? You’ve just found a clog!

 

To remove the clog you can use an air compressor, or, if you vacuum has a blower feature, you can use that. You can also use a broom handle or other straight, rigid item to push the clog out.

 

Next up is the hose. The easiest way to diagnose a hose clog is to hook it up to the vacuum, turn it on, and put your hand over the other end of the hose. If you can’t feel suction, or it's very poor, there is a clog or blockage in the hose. Dislodging the clog is the same as with the wand – either use a long, straight, rigid object to push it through, or use an air compressor or blower feature from the vacuum.

 

Lastly, we have the power head. The most common places for clogs are in the pivot neck or suction port. You may be able to access the clog through the pivot neck and just pull it out. Otherwise, the easiest way to remove is the clog is to take the power head apart. Most are held together with screws.

 

Take the screws out and remove the top portion from the power head. If you see a clog you should be able to easily remove it.

 

Another common reason for poor vacuum performance is a hair covered brush roll. We recommend removing the brush roll from the power head before removing the hair.

 

Once the brush roll is removed you can use the specialty tool to cut the hairs, and then grab and pull them off.

 

The last common problem we’ll be covering is seized brush roll bearings. This will prevent your brush roll from spinning, which will result in dirt or debris not being picked up. Depending on your brush roll, you may not be able to access the bearings. If that’s the case contact us and we’ll help you get a replacement brush roll.

 

When the brush roll has been removed from the vacuum you can use the specialty tool to brush away dirt, or use the razor to cut away hairs from the end where the bearings are.

 

If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email us at service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos.

 

 

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How to Easily Replace Your Kirby Vacuum Belt

Are you having trouble replacing your Kirby Vacuum belt? Well, in this video we will show you everything you'll need to know to do this at home.

 

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

Instructions

 

The first thing you want to do is lift up this lid.

 

If you look at the power head you will see a sticker. It has a green arrow labeled "belt on" and a red arrow labeled "belt off."

 

The round piece on the front is the belt lifter. If you look at the top you’ll see that it also has a green arrow.

 

Now lift the metal tab on the front of the belt lifter and it turns into a handle!

 

Now you can easily turn it to line up the red arrows.

 

Fold the tab back down and then turn the release lever. The power head will drop down.

 

Look inside the head and you’ll see that the belt is hooked around a hook. This is how the belt lifter removes the belt from the vacuum and allows you to remove the power head.

 

Turn the tabs on the power head to “unlock.”

 

 

Now you can remove the plate. This gives you full access to the brush roll and belt.

 

Grab the brush roll and belt and pull them out.

 

Slide the old belt off and then slide the new one on.

 

Pay close attention to the tabs on each side of the brush roll. They sides are numbered from 1 to 3 and one side is also larger than the other.

The numbers are fine adjustments for how high or low you want your brush roll to sit. If you have a really high pile carpet you’ll probably want them both on 1. If you have a lot of low pile carpet or hard floors you’ll probably want it on 3. Most of the time we have them on 2.

 

So set both of the tabs to the desired number. Slide the brush roll in. Remember that one side is larger than the other, so it only fits correctly one way!

 

To get the belt back on the hook, use your belt lifter and line up the green arrows.

 

Now grab your belt and hold it snug against the brush roll.

 

 

Turn the belt lifter towards red and you should be able to see and feel when it grabs the belt. Keep twisting until the red arrows are lined up.

 

Reinstall the plate on the bottom of the power head. The front slides into the slots on the power head and the two tabs go in the back.

 

Lock it in place.

 

To make the power head easier to get back on, raise the height of the vacuum all the way up with the height adjuster.

 

Hook the hooks on the back of the power head onto the bar on the vacuum.

 

Pivot it up and then lock it in place.

 

Turn the belt lifter to line up the green arrows.

 

Close the lid and you’re done!

 

 

Need some new belts? We sell them here!

 

What about a new brush roll? We got those, too!

G3 and G4 models

G5 to Avalir Models

 

 

Which model of Kirby vacuum is the best? Here’s what we think!

 

Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

Need your Kirby repaired? Send us an email at service@greatvacs.com

 

We sell Kirby vacuums! We buy Kirby vacuums! And we sell bags, belts, cords, or anything else you need!

 

Here at Great Vacs we’ve serviced and rebuilt nearly 100,000 Kirby vacuum cleaners, so if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave us a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more education videos.

 

 

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Getting to Know Your Stair Pro

If you’re wondering why we no longer sell Rainbow Rainmates with our Rainbow vacuums, it’s simply because they are hard to find, and even harder to refurbish. The solution? Come up with a better version that can be sold as brand new! Introducing the Stair Pro. We have versions that fit any model of Rainbow vacuum, as well as versions that will fit many other vacuums!

 

 

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

Instructions

 

For the Stair Pro to fit the E series, SE, or PN2 models you will need the mini extension wand and adaptor cord.

 

Locate the button lock on the mini extension wand and insert that end into the Stair Pro. You will hear it lock into place.

 

Then take the adapter cord, find the female end, and plug that into the Stair Pro. You may notice that the cord does not go on all the way – that is not a problem! It will still work.

 

Now, take your main hose and insert it into the mini extension wand.

 

Take the male end of the adaptor cord and plug it in to the wand. If you notice the cord falling off you can try carefully pulling the prongs apart with a pair of needle nose pliers.

Now you’re ready to turn it on!

 

If you own a Rainbow E2 2-speed you will not need any adaptor cords or extension pieces! Simply slide the Stair Pro onto the end of the extension wand and you will hear it click into place.

 

However, you will notice there’s still a large gap between the prongs and the plug. That means you need to keep pushing it on! You may need to push down the button lock to get it to keep going.

 

You will now notice that there’s a very small gap between the Stair Pro and the plastic of the extension wand. You’re ready to go!

 

Need to buy a Stair Pro for your Rainbow vacuum? Check out these links:

 

Stair Pro for Rainbow D4 models

Stair Pro for Rainbow SE & PN2 models

Stair Pro for all Rainbow E & E2 series models

 

If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email us at service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos.

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