What's Wrong With it? -- Tips for Troubleshooting your Vacuum

What's Wrong With It? 5 Tips for Troubleshooting your Central Vacuum

Having a central vacuum is the most advanced way to keep a clean home. Just like any other appliance, a central vacuum can develop some issues. For example, the motor may start making noises or the piping can become worn or clogged. Fortunately, you don’t need to discard the whole system when problems occur. If you know how to troubleshoot what’s going on with your vacuum system, you can save yourself time and money. Here are some tips for troubleshooting for your central vacuum.

Noisy Motor

Central Vacuums Have Heavy-Duty Motors

You deserve a quiet vacuum cleaner. If your central vacuum is making loud or unusual noises, there are a few reasons why this might occur:

  • The motor may be dirty and needs cleaning.
  • Your belt drive may be faulty.
  • The fan may be loose or damaged.
  • Parts in the motor may be wearing out

Don’t get overwhelmed, you can start with one problem at a time and work your way through this list of issues. If you’re worried about damaging a part of the system, call us and we can put you on with one of our qualified technicians for a speedy resolution. Find out more about vacuum noises in the creative article.

Sluggish System

Central vacuums are designed with powerful suction to pick up dust, dirt, allergens, and other debris. If your system is running slowly or feels sluggish, you may have:

  • Your motor fan may be jammed.
  • The piping may be partially clogged
  • One or more wall outlets could be faulty.
  • There may be some loose wiring.
  • The motor bearings could be worn or dry.

Work your way through each issue to determine the actual cause and how to fix it. If you can’t find the cause or don’t know how to repair it, call our customer service line for help. We may be able to tell you what to do over the phone or send a repair specialist to your home. Read our cool page with a detailed troubleshooting chart.

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Electrical Failure Or Short In the Vacuum System

Check for power shortages in your unit before losing your cool. Start with checking the circuit breaker to the vacuum system to make sure it’s functioning properly. Next, examine the wiring to each wall outlet to make sure none of it has come loose. If there is intermittent power, there could be a short somewhere in the wiring. Some power brushes and heads have reset buttons you can try. You may need to contact an electrician if you can’t isolate the issue.

Bad or Incorrect Inlet

Check Inlets for Correct Connections

It’s possible that one or more of your inlet valves do not match the hose connection. This can occur when the vacuum system was installed before you bought the house. There must be a 100% match to all inlets to experience full suction power and prevent dust, dirt, or debris from escaping back into the room. If the low voltage is no longer reaching the contacts that touch the hose when inserted, it will short. Call us to determine which inlet is right for you when you suspect a problem.

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Your Piping, Hose, Wand, or Tools May Be Clogged

When there is a clog somewhere in the system, you must immediately turn off the vacuum to prevent damaging it. Follow by disconnecting the wand and any tool or attachment for examination. Give each part a visual scan and remove anything that may be stopping it up. You can use a mop handle to push out any debris in the wand. If the hose is stopped up, try sucking the debris out with a shop vac or push a log stiff piece of wire through it. Watch this video to see how to unclog the piping anywhere in the house. If you’re unsure what to do or what is safe, give us a call so we can provide some assistance. In the meantime, review this handy troubleshooting chart.

Central Vacuum Troubleshooting

Diagnosing System Performance

Symptom Check each "X" for Probable Cause Then read below for explanation.
No Airflow Low Airflow Power Unit Doesn't Run Power Unit Continues To Run Cycles Off and On
X   X   X  1. Power Cord
X   X      2. Push-to-Reset Breaker on Unit
    X      3. Circuit Breaker in House Panel
X   X   X  4. Internal Thermal Switch in Unit
    X      5. Electrical Wall Outlet Plug
      X    6. Switch in the Wall Inlet Stuck Off
X   X   X  7. Switch in the Wall Inlet Stuck On
      X X  8. Remote Control Wire Broken
X X        9. Remote Control Wire Shorted
X X        10. Flexible Hose Plugged
X          11. Tubing in Walls Clogged
X X        12. Dirt Canister Lid - Off
  X        13. Dirt Canister Gasket Loose
  X        14. Dirt Canister Not Latched
  X        15. Outside Exhaust Blocked
  X        16. Another Wall Inlet Door Open
X X        17. Blower Protection Screen Clogged
X   X   X  18. Loose Wire in Power Unit
      X    19. A Hose Plugged into Another Inlet
      X    20. PC Board Relay Stuck ON
    X      21. PC Board transformer Burned Out
    X      22. LED Light

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