There are many places that you can use to find parts

for a vacuum cleaner that is broken, providing you

have someone around that is handy enough with tools

to take a swing at fixing it. The part that breaks

the most on most less expensive vacuum cleaners

is the drive belt. It’s the rubberized belt that

is around 6 inches long, that when stretched out

turns the brushes on the bottom of the vacuum.

When you take the vacuum over objects that don’t

belong in the vacuum cleaner, such as pieces of

rope or a cat’s tail and the unit comes to a screeching

halt, the burning smell that will soon fill up the

air is your drive belt slowly melting away.

Luckily, the drive belt is available at several

locations, so many in fact that your local drug

store may even carry them! They are cheap to buy

and a snap to replace with a screwdriver and a bit

of common sense. For other types of problems that

you may encounter, there are a lot of resources at

your disposal just in case you decide to tackle

the problem on your own.

You should never forget that when you buy parts for

your vacuum cleaner, most of the parts you’ll need

are going to be specifically made for your particular

brand name and model. With the exception of basic

items such as drive belts and most bags, most parts

aren’t interchangeable between brands and between

different models of the same brand.

The first thing to try when you need a part for

your vacuum cleaner is the local Yellow Pages

book. Inside of the Yellow Pages, you’ll find

many listings for appliance parts and suppliers.

You’ll have to call each one of the individually

to find out if they carry parts for your model

and brand. In the rare event that they don’t

carry what you need, they can normally order it

for you quickly and easily. If that fails, you

can always call the company direct that manufactured

your model of vacuum cleaner and order the part

that way.

Most of the time, you won’t have any problem

getting your hands on a part for your vacuum

cleaner, unless it is a more intricate part that

isn’t readily available. Parts such as the intake

or exhaust port are very tricky to replace, and

you will probably want to have a professional

fix these types of problems.

Drive belts, vacuum bags, and little problems such

as these are a snap to replace. With the older

style of vacuum cleaners, you don’t have to be

an expert to fix a majority of the problems. The

newer models however, require quite a bit of

skill and technique.

One of the most common problems that will happen

is clogging. If your vacuum stops picking up

dirt and dust, chances are it has become clogged,

which is normally not a parts problem. All you

need to do to fix it is take the front assembly

off, then manually clean out the agitators and

the housing where the dirt makes its way upwards

through the vacuum cleaner. This is very easy

to do, and won’t take you but a couple of minutes.

Anytime you encounter a parts problem with your

vacuum cleaner, you should always take things one

step at a time and don’t rush. You can almost

always get a hold of a part. If the part is more

expensive than you anticipated, you can always

scrap the vacuum cleaner and buy yourself a

better one – which will save you a lot of time

and headache in the long run.

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