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The 4 steps to an effective vacuum cleaner motor troubleshooting

Don’t we all love vacuum cleaners? They do all the heavy work of keeping the floors sparkling clean and free from dust and debris matter while we focus on the things that matter – spending time with loved ones. Due to the nature of their job, their mechanical parts sometimes break down and we have to become experts at vacuum cleaner motor troubleshooting. Arm yourself with this quick troubleshooting guide and you will become a self-made vacuum repair contractor faster than you think.


You only hear a click and the vacuum cleaner won’t start. It’s time for a vacuum cleaner motor troubleshooting. First things first, you will need to determine if the switch is in a good working condition. You will require a fluke (or a multimeter) for this procedure. Start by checking for continuity in the on/off switch. Does the motor start? Use the multimeter to determine if this is the faulty component. Replace it if need be.

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Sometimes small components are often overlooked during vacuum cleaner motor troubleshooting. A blown fuse is the biggest culprit. Just like in all other vacuum cleaner motor troubleshooting guides, start by ensuring that the equipment is unplugged. You don’t want nasty surprises. Remove the back cover to gain access to the fuse. Unplug it from its slot. If its smoky inside, it’s time to get a new switch. Luckily, they’re really cheap and you get a pack of five for a dollar.


Vacuum cleaners often fail to work as expected due to damaged motor fans or brush components. Have you noticed that your vacuum cleaner is getting abnormally louder? Then it’s time to replace the fan. Vacuum repair contractors identify a broken fan by the stronger-than-normal vibrations. First, start by unscrewing the screws holding the motor in replace. Look for any signs of physical damage. You will know if something is wrong when you see it. If the fan has a broken, chipped or cracked blade, get a replacement. 


Sometimes during vacuum cleaner motor troubleshooting, we realize that the brush roller has broken its bearing or it's entirely broken. In such a scenario get a new brusher roller. You don’t want to cut corners. If you notice that the brush roller cannot be disassembled from the vacuum cleaner, then it’s time to get a new cleaner instead. In your vacuum cleaner motor troubleshooting routine, if you notice that both the fan and brush are both broken, then your vacuum cleaner has outlived its usefulness. Get a new one too.


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