Having a canister vacuum cleaner that constantly cleans your home is important but knowing the intricate parts that help in the overall cleaning capability is a part most people ignore and the negligence of these parts may be the reason your vacuum loses its grip power. In this post, we would be focusing on this neglected but important part, vacuum belt.
Let’s first understand what a vacuum belt is and how it adds up to the overall performance of your canister vacuum cleaner.
What is the purpose of a vacuum belt?
In a canister vacuum, the motor pulley or the drive shaft turns the belt while vacuuming, while the brush rollers turn to provide the needed vibration to clean your carpet deeply.
From the explanation above, you can clearly see how important a belt is in any vacuum cleaner. Having a worn out/broken belt may render your vacuum unable to clean effectively.
It normally stretches in a three month period; this stretching causes the belt to glide through the drive shaft. In situations where the belt gets broken or worn out they would be able to pick up surface particles but fail at picking other grains, and dirt particles buried deep in your carpet. This causes your carpet to start accumulating excessive dirt which eventually leads to carpet wear.
If the belt of a canister vacuum cleaner is this important and vital in the overall cleaning performance of your vacuum, then what are possible causes that can cause your vacuum belt break or wear out?
Causes that lead to a broken/worn out canister vacuum belt
Listed below are the possible causes that may lead to your vacuum belt breaking or wearing out.
Setting the height extremely low
If you set the brush rollers of your vacuum too low for the surface you’re cleaning, it builds up heat and friction. Most times this setting is, as a result, trying to clean a thick rug thoroughly. This process makes the rollers exert pressure on the rug, this causes the rollers to reduce the speed compared to its regular speed.
What happens is the drive shaft still spinning starts getting heated up. As the temperature rises, the vacuum belt also starts heating up which would cause the belt to stretch. With time it breaks after it must have been stretched after each use.
Brush rollers overload
When you use your vacuum, the motor rotates and this constant rotation influences the spinning of the rollers with the assistance of the drive shaft. The vacuum belt is normally tangled around the rollers. If the rollers get overloaded, the vacuum belt will take so much heat that it may just break instantly or get burnt.
Inappropriate use of the belt
Using the vacuum belt wrongly can also cause it to break. Therefore, it’s mandatory you use the ideal belt and replaced correctly (if you choose to buy one).
If you’re not sure of the right belt for your canister vacuum, you can consult your manual for references or seek professional advice.
Now that we’ve discussed some of the causes that lead to broken or worn out vacuum belt, it is important we look out for ways on how to fix or replace the vacuum belt, so our vacuum cleaner’s overall cleaning performance can come back!
Steps to fix your vacuum belt
Following the steps below would help maintain your vacuum belt;
Vacuum in the right place
Sometimes when cleaning your carpet with your vacuum, small screws can get lost in the carpet. You can easily avoid losing any vital component by working on floor surfaces or even on a table.
Note: you can also vacuum your carpet but in order to safeguard your vacuum belt you would have to avoid any cause that can cause the belt to break or wear out. These causes are listed above.
Prepare before you vacuum
Before you start vacuuming ensure your vacuum is unplugged. This is not a quick fix though; you can still be wounded if your hands get caught mistakenly in a rotating vacuum belt or rollers. These can be accidentally switched on. So this is why you should switch off your vacuum, with your vacuum unplugged you can manually check the bottom of your vacuum to be sure everything is in order
Test your vacuum belt
A vacuum belt that glides over the rollers while the drive shaft that rotates the belt will be stretched or even gets broken. Normally trying to force a broken belt back will usually get loose, thus allowing you to pull out from your vacuum cleaner.
Pull out a broken belt
Once you realize your vacuum belt is broken, the next solution would be to remove it. But removing the belt is not just simply pulling it out; you would have to unscrew the screws covering the plate at the bottom of your vacuum cleaner. Once you remove the plate, you would then see the broken belt, just pull the belt out.
At this stage, you can either replace your belt with a spare one or just purchase another one. As stated earlier it’s important you use the right belt, you can take the old belt with your vacuum’s model name and number to a nearby hardware store to purchase a new belt.
Fix your new belt
Once you’ve purchased a new vacuum belt, check the rollers for any dander, threads or strand of hair, which may have been tangled around the roller. If any, remove the rollers with a little tug on it, then you can remove the entangled particles on it. Once you’ve cleaned the rollers, insert the belt over the rollers then fix the rollers back into the clip that keeps it firm to the vacuum.
Then take the other end of the belt and place on the drive shaft, screw back the plate to the bottom of the vacuum. At this stage, your vacuum is ready to eliminate any iota of dirt or debris in your home!
Some bonus tips for safeguarding your vacuum’s belt
Listed below are tips that would help you maintain the belt of your vacuum
Use the right belt
Ensure you get the right belt for your vacuum when purchasing, because if you don’t it, you may get a wrong belt that would easily break again. So get the right belt!
Install the belt properly
When installing the belt, ensure you adjust it to its proper tension. As this is necessary for the rollers to spin at its intended pace
Avoid overheating the belt of your vacuum
When you vacuum always be on the lookout for objects that may get clogged in the vacuum. The belt breaks as a result of “snagging” this happens when the belt becomes stuck and overheats as a result of your vacuum running over thick items.
Did you enjoy this post? If you’re wondering how to change the belt in your vacuum, you can simply follow the steps explained above to the letter!
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