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Changing a Vacuum Belt PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 June 2010 08:42
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Changing a belt vacuum is much easier than you may think. Also, is that, apart from replacing your bags often it is the most important thing you can do to keep your vacuum working efficiently.

The vacuum belt is a giant rubber band as a robust, somewhat like a fan belt on the engine of your car. Because it is rubber, it will spread because of wear and heat from the constant high speed spinning. In the course of three months, depending on your use, the vacuum belt should be replaced.

One end of the belt connects the drive shaft which is driven by a motor of the vacuum. This creates the rotation. The other end of the belt is connected to the agitator (aka rotary brush, roller brush, beater bar). The agitator is what raises the dirt deep in the carpet or rug, in the way of vacuum suction. If the belt is stretched or worn, it does not turn the agitator at the same speed as the drive shaft and you're left with an empty ineffective. (That's why you often have to pass the same spot on the carpet several times.)

The belts are fairly inexpensive. According to the model, they will average about $ 5. If you know the make and model of your vacuum cleaner, you can buy the belt before removing the vacuum. Otherwise, proceed to the removal of the belt according to the instructions below, then take the old belt on your vacuum cleaner or hardware store and get an exact replica.

The only tool required is either a flat head or Phillips screwdriver. To change the belt, first turn off the vacuum. Then return it. You'll see the bottom of the depression has a blanket over him, which is usually held in place by some type of retaining clip or screws. Usually, a flathead screwdriver is all it takes to release the retaining clip. If your vacuum has screws, you may need the Philips head screwdriver. Once you remove the cover, the vacuum belt will be exposed. Studying how the belt clip at each end of the drive shaft and the agitator, so that you can repeat this procedure with the new belt.

First, you'll want to slip the belt agitator. It will generally be slipped on some type of neck back (like a pulley). Once the belt was slipping, the other end attached to the tree is easily removed.

Then remove the agitator. It is usually a simple process once again, the flathead screwdriver can help you gently lift the agitator from the slot. It is a good time to remove tangles and fiber ends of the agitator brush to allow it to rotate freely.

Take the new belt and affix it to the drive shaft. Slide the other end of the agitator in the same way as the old belt was fastened. Replace the agitator in its housing, making sure the belt is tight. Turn the agitator by hand to ensure that the belt is properly installed. Replace the lid and you should be good to go.

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