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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Fastest Easiest Vacuum on Carpet Tile Or Hardwood? Backpack VS Upright Test

In this video, Dustin goes over the easiest and quickest vacuum to clean your home! He does a test to see if a standard upright or the GV 8 qt. backpack vacuum comes out on top.

 

 

If you take a look under the vacuums, you’ll notice that the upright’s suction tube is on one side. That means you’ll get a lot of cleaning power on that side, but you might have stuff left behind at the other. If you vacuum tile, you will probably need the floor tool.

 

The GV vacuum cleaner has the suction tube in the middle, which causes uniform suction all the way across. That means you can use the same head on all different floor types – carpet, hardwood, tile, etc.

 

Test time! Which vacuum can clean the fastest? The average home isn’t JUST wall-to-wall carpet. There is tile, wood, carpet, and, of course, lots of furniture! You have to be able to reach under beds and couches as well.

 

The upright vacuum took 2 minutes and 55 seconds.

 

The GV Backpack vacuum took 1 minute and 35 seconds!

 

When vacuuming at the same speed, the GV Backpack vacuum got the job done 54% faster. One big reason is that you don't need to constantly change tools depending on the job. The backpack vacuum was also lighter and easier to use around furniture and other objects.

 

 

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 on all of our different products.

  

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How to Diagnose a Clog On Any Prolux Upright Model

Does your Prolux Upright model have poor suction? Is your brushroll spitting dirt back out on your clean floors? If you answered yes... you may have a clog. In the following short video we show you how to diagnose where the clog may be located at.

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. 

 

Supplies

  • Phillips head screwdriver

 

Instructions

 

Plug your vacuum in and turn it on. Check the suction at the back by opening the small door and feeling for the air flow.

 

 

If that's good take the hose off and check the suction at the end.

 

 

If the hose has good suction, attach the wand and test that as well.

If the suction is poor in any of those areas you know that that’s where the clog is! I've you've found the clog you should be able to remove it.

 

 

If you’ve check all of those areas and haven’t found a clog, but the suction is still poor, you can check one final area: the fill tube on the side that connects the main wand to the power head.

 

To check for a clog here you’ll want to press the foot pedal and then turn the vacuum upside down. You can then remove the two screws from the metal bottom plate and remove it.

 

This will allow you to check this full tube and remove any clogs.

If you’ve checked all of these potential clog locations and the suction is still poor or the brush roll is spitting dust back out go ahead an email us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you troubleshoot! 

Check out our Prolux collection here!

If you need any replacement parts, we have:

Bags

Belts

Filters

For specialty parts like brushrolls and 6000 filters, send us an email at service@greatvacs.com and we will get you taken care of.

Here at Great Vacs we service and rebuild Prolux 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 educational videos.

 

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How to Change Out a Brushroll and Belt for Any Prolux Upright Model

Today we’re going over how to change a belt and brushroll on a Prolux Upright model. We show a 7000, but this technique works for a 6000 all the way up a 9000.

 

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. 

 

Supplies

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Replacement belt
  • Replacement brushroll (if you need one, email us at service@greatvacs.com)

 

Instructions

 

To remove the brushroll and belt you will need to press the foot release pedal and turn your vacuum upside down.

This will give you access to the underside so that you can remove the bottom plate.

 

 Remove the two screws and side them aside in a safe location.

 

Then, lift off the metal bottom plate and set aside.

While you’re in there you should check for any clogs or debris stuck in the vacuum, like in the orange funnel and grey tube. You can also remove any clumps of dirt from under the brush roll.

 

To remove the belt, lift up the flap that protects the motor.

 

Use your fingers and slide the belt off the motor shaft.

 

There is a metal C-piece on the brushroll that you need to remove. Remember that the longer end goes in the back.

 

Once you have the belt off you can just take the brushroll out. Now you’re ready to put the new brushroll in with the new belt.

 

 

Install the belt first by sliding it over the motor shaft.

 

Don’t forget to close the plastic flap!

 

Take the brushroll and slide the belt over it. Then just pop the brushroll back into place.

Once it’s in place, rotate the brushroll a couple rotations to make sure the belt is aligned correctly.

 

Take the metal C-pice and put it back in place.

 

Replace the metal bottom plate and screws, being careful not to over-tighten! They should be snug, but not so tight they break the plastic.

Now you’re done! You’ve successfully replace the brushroll and belt of a Prolux upright model!

 If you need replacement belts, click here!

For specialty parts like brushrolls and 6000 filters, send us an email at service@greatvacs.com and we will get you taken care of.

GreatVacs is the only authorized dealer for Prolux products. If you have any questions or need any assistance just email us at service@greatvacs.com.

Here at Great Vacs we’ve service and rebuild Prolux 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 educational videos.

 

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