How To Replace A Kirby Vacuum Belt 

Kirby owners often ask us how to change the vacuum cleaner’s belt! In this video, Dustin shows you exactly how to do it!

 

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

 

How do you know when to change your belt? Well, if you’re vacuuming your floor and the indicator light starts coming on and off or you smell a burning smell that usually means the belt is starting to slip. Time to replace it!

 

The first thing you need to do is take off the head. You have to do this part right, because if you do it wrong the belt won’t engage when you put it back on the machine. Start this process by lifting the lid.

 

You’ll see two green arrows that are aligned. Spin the belt lifter so that the two red arrows are aligned.

 

Now that the belt is disengaged you can release the head - it will drop down and you can remove it.

 

If you look inside you’ll see that the belt is stretched up.

 

Next, turn the levers on the back of the head, which allows you to remove the bottom plate.

 

Then turn the belt lifter back to green to release the belt.

 

Remove the brush roll and old belt.

 

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the Kirby brush roll. Each side is numbered, which allows you to adjust how high or low it sits in the head. If you have a lower carpet you will probably pick a higher number so that it makes better contact.

 

Slide the new belt on the brush roll.

 

Now put the brush roll back in the head, making sure the set both sides to the desired number.

 

With one hand hold the belt firmly against the brush roll and, with the other, turn the belt lifter back to the red arrows.

 

 

Replace your bottom plate.

 

Take note of the two hooks on the back of the head. These will need to hook onto the bar on the vacuum.

 

Tilt the head up and latch it in place.

 

Finally, turn the belt lifter back to green on green. You’re done!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

How To Replace A Kirby Vacuum Belt

How To Replace A Kirby Vacuum Belt 

Kirby owners often ask us how to change the vacuum cleaner’s belt! In this video, Dustin shows you exactly how to do it!

 

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

  • Phillips head screwdriver

 

Instructions

 

As you can see, the handle is divided into two parts. Take the top portion and unscrew the screw.

 

Now you can take this top part and slide it into the bottom.

 

Now replace the screw you had just removed.

 

To attach the handle to the vacuum cleaner, all you need to do is insert it until you hear it click.

 

If you need to remove the handle, simply press this button in the back and you’ll be able to pull the handle out.

 

Now attach the cord to the hooks on the handle and wrap it around the cord keepers.

 

Next you’ll need to attach the bag. Slide the tab into the slot on the handle until it clicks.

 

All standard Kirby G models are assembled this way. Easy, right?

 

 

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.

 

How To Assemble A Kirby Vacuum Cleaner

How To Assemble A Kirby Vacuum Cleaner 

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Kirby Vacuum Bag Comparison HEPA 3M Aftermarket Difference

Have you ever wondered which Kirby bag was the best for your Kirby vacuum? Turns out you’re not alone! We get asked this question a lot! To see which bags were the best, we put them to the test!

 

 

How can you test a bag? Well, one great tool is an air flow meter! It’s basically a tube with a spring attached to a ball. We use these to determine how much suction power a vacuum cleaner has. Why would we use this to test which bag is the best? Well, oftentimes the more filtration you add the more power you lose. We will be looking for the best filtration with the least power loss.

 

Our first test is a Kirby vacuum with no bag. Result: almost a 6!

 

Our first bag is the Kirby paper HEPA bag and it scored a 5.

 

Our next bag is the white Kirby 3M HEPA bag. This one is the most expensive Kirby bag you can buy but is supposed to have better performance. This one scored a little bit better than a 5. This is probably because it has more surface area and also why the bag is more expensive.

 

Our third bag is a HEPA bag made by GV. Envirocare makes one that is nearly identical. It is white and made of the same material as the Kirby 3M bag we just saw. Our results: about 5.5!

 

If you’re concerned about the size difference between the Kirby 3M and the aftermarket, don’t be! The aftermarket bag is actually folded in at the sides and will expand.  The Kirby does not have this fold.

 

In conclusion – if you want to stay loyal to the Kirby brand go ahead and buy the genuine Kirby 3M bags. If you aren’t concerned with brand, the aftermarket bag is a great choice.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Kirby Vacuum Bag Comparison HEPA 3M Aftermarket Difference

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How To Use A Kirby Vacuum Zipp Brush Attachment

 

One question we get asked a lot is “How do you use a Zipp brush properly?” In this video Dustin shows you how it’s done!

 

 

 

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

 

To use your Zipp brush you first want to attach your Kirby hose. Then you’ll want to attach the Zipp brush to the hose.

 

 

We are using a white Zipp brush in this example, but all the colors work the same. You use them by moving them side-to-side.

 

They’re not designed for vacuuming certain spots since you need to move it for it to work properly. If you try to keep it in one spot it may stop spinning.

 

Another alternative that we like is this mini head that’s made by another company. It works on the same principle - it has a brush roll that spins by air. However, it’s designed to fit almost any vacuum cleaner.

 

 

Unlike the Zipp brush you can press down on one tricky spot and it won’t stop spinning! Both brushes are great choices for cleaning, so you can pick the one that works best for you.

 

 

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.

 

 

How To Use A Kirby Vacuum Zipp Brush Attachment

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One question we get asked a lot is “How do you use a Zipp brush properly?” In this video Dustin shows you how it’s done!

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