How To Replace Your Vacuum Cleaner Belt

How To Replace Your Vacuum Cleaner BeltWhen you need to replace your vacuum cleaner belt, you can save yourself both time and money if you do the work yourself. Replacement belts for common vacuum brands are easy to come by at local retailers, or online suppliers such as

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Most vacuums have a belt driven rotating brush in the floor head that helps to remove pet hair, dust, and debris from your carpet as you are vacuuming. Without this spinning brush, you will notice a marked difference in your vacuum cleaner’s ability to clean.

Usually, the problem is a slipping or broken belt, which is typically a straight-forward process to replace. With a few simple tools, a little time and guidance, you can have your vacuum back up and running at a fraction of the cost of taking it to a service center.

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The items you’ll need for this repair are:

  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Screw driver
  • Replacement drive belt
  • Garbage can

How to Replace a Vacuum Belt

  1. Never work on any electrical device while it’s plugged in. Unplug the vacuum cleaner and place it in an area where you’ve got plenty of room to turn it upside down and move it around.
  2. On the bottom of the floor head you’ll find screws or twist-locks that hold the base plate in place. If the fastener is metal, it is a screw and will require multiple counter-clockwise turns to remove. If the fastener is plastic, it is a twist-lock and requires a ¼ or ½ turn to unlock. Some vacuums have a secondary cover plate over the belt that is usually marked and will need to be removed as well.
  3. Once the base plate is removed, you’ll have access to the brush roll and belt. The belt will be a band that goes from the brush roll to the motor shaft. Lift the brush roll out of its mount to loosen and free the belt from the motor shaft.
  4. With the brush roll in your hand, remove the worn belt. Check that the bearings on each end of the brush roll spin smoothly and freely. Look for any excessive wear to the brush and the bearings. If there is damage, then the brush roll will need to be replaced as well.
  5. While the brush roll is out, now is a good time to clean any hair, fibers, or debris from around the brush. Using scissors, you can cut through the hair and fibers between the rows of bristles to make them easier to remove. You may also want to clean out any debris in the floor head of the vacuum cleaner while you’ve got good access.
  6. Install the new drive belt over the end of the brush roll and slip the free end of the belt over the motor shaft. Slide the brush roll back into its mounting bracket. Before reinstalling the vacuum base plate, turn the brush roll by hand several times to make sure it turns freely and that the belt is centered in place.
  7. Reinstall the base plate(s).
  8. Now it’s time to test your work. Clear your work area, plug the vacuum in, and turn it on. If there is an odd noise, odor, or the brush roll does not spin, turn off the vacuum immediately and repeat belt replacement procedure to make sure you’ve assembled the vacuum cleaner correctly.
  9. If there are no strange noises and the vacuum operates normally, congratulations on a job well done!

It may be helpful to have your vacuum cleaner owner’s manual handy while you are doing this repair. The owner’s manual will give the correct procedures specific to your vacuum, as well as the recommended replacement part numbers for belts, filters, bags, etc. If you don’t have one, or can’t find yours, most manufacturers now offer their vacuum cleaner manuals online. Check their website to download yours.

If you need additional assistance, contact the manufacturer directly. Many companies are now providing telephone help lines and online tutorials to assist people in doing repairs and maintenance themselves. You can read more about it here – Vacuum Cleaner Manufacturers Provide Repair Assistance To Consumers

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