For all the tough jobs we give them, it’s no surprise that vacuums get mucky. Dust, mould and natural wear and tear can all take their toll. Replacing vacuum parts can help improve performance and keep your vacuum running beyond its typical lifespan.
In this guide, we’ll explore how to determine whether you need to replace your vacuum cleaner parts need and a few maintenance tips.
How to tell whether you need to replace your vacuum cleaner parts
Vacuum cleaner lifespans vary from brand to brand and your usage. As with any appliance, consult your vacuum cleaner manufacturer for guidance on servicing, care and parts included in your warranty.
Many retailers will offer extra components such as floorheads and filters to help keep your vacuum cleaner running smoothly for years to come.
Vacuum cleaner hose
All vacuum cleaners are different, each with their own specific care and maintenance needs. But it’s likely that your vacuum hose will be get a lot of use, and are likely to get bashed, snagged, blocked or trapped when you’re cleaning.
Check your vacuum’s hose often and replace it as needed. Depending on your vacuum cleaner’s age and manufacturer, you may even be eligible for a free replacement.
If you notice any of these signs when inspecting your vacuum cleaner, it may be time to replace your vacuum cleaner hose:
- There are cracks, tears or splits in plastic or rubber parts
- Efficiency and/or suction aren’t what they used to be
- The vacuum sounds louder or vibrates when operating
- Hose components are fraying, missing or damaged
- You’re unable to remove clogs or debris from the hose
- Fittings or connectors feel loose or don’t secure tightly
The above signs may be good indicators that you need a vacuum hose replacement. If in doubt, check with your manufacturer for guidance.
The floor head
A stuck brush-roll is often caused by hair build-up or trapped debris. Turn your unplugged vacuum cleaner over to inspect the floor head, with your manufacturer’s product manual to hand for reference. If your model allows, remove the brush-roll from the floor head.
Shark’s Anti Hair Wrap vacuums are designed to remove hair from the brush-roll as you clean. But if your vacuum doesn’t have this technology, you may find trapped hair around the brush-roll. To remove it, grab a pair of scissors and carefully trim hair wrapped around the brush-roll. Take care not to accidentally snip or damage the cleaning bristles. You should also remove any trapped debris, such as socks or pet toys.
If the above tips don’t improve performance, check for a few signs that you may need a replacement vacuum cleaner head:
- There are cracks and/or damage to housing or connectors for brush-rolls and other parts
- Parts feel loose or don’t secure as they should
- The wheels are worn, cracked or damaged
If you spot any issues, do not use the vacuum cleaner until it’s repaired to avoid injury or an accident.
The power cord
Wondering whether you can replace your vacuum cleaner cord? Frayed cords, tears and exposed wires are all sure signs that your vacuum needs a repair. When assessing your cord’s condition always ensure that it’s unplugged. If you discover any damage to the cord, do not use the vacuum.
While there are plenty of online DIY electrical wiring guides, we recommend getting help from a qualified electrician or authorised vacuum cleaner specialist.
The cleaning filter
Clogged filters can impact your vacuum’s suction power. Some vacuums like our cordless Anti Hair Wrap Corded Stick models have removable vacuum filters which you can clean with water.
Dirty filters can also produce unpleasant smells no matter how much you vacuum. Extra filters are available to purchase for many Shark vacuums. And many even have multiple filters to improve performance.
Models like our Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plus Anti-Odour Upright Vacuum also have replaceable Anti-Odour cartridges, which freshen the air inside your vacuum cleaner as you clean.
Always follow your vacuum manufacturer’s guidance on how to clean or replace your filter. Never use your vacuum unless the filter is in place and completely dry.
Tips for maintaining your vacuum
Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your vacuum cleaner.
- Store your vacuum after use, ensuring hoses and leads aren’t tangled, kinked or bent
- Remove large or sharp debris such as broken glass or nails before vacuuming, which may damage floorheads and other parts
- Follow manufacturer safety recommendations on correct usage
- Regularly inspect components for signs of wear
- Clean the hose, floorhead and nozzles to remove build up, allowing them to dry completely before use
- Clean filters and brush bars regularly
- Empty out dust canisters and bags, and avoid overfilling them
- Register for any manufacturer or retailer warranties to take advantage of free parts and servicing
We hope this guide helps you maintain your vacuum cleaner for years to come. Again, always refer to your vacuum manufacturer’s recommendations when replacing parts.