Author Topic: Fixing a central vacuum handle/connection  (Read 1452 times)

Guses

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Fixing a central vacuum handle/connection
« on: January 10, 2014, 02:29:57 PM »
Have you ever had a problem with your central vacuum where it intermitently loses suction power or even powers down and then starts again?

I did. The problem was especially pronunced when holding the hose a certain way (i.e., bending it that way or stretching the hose a bit). The first time it happened, I had owned the vacuum for a little bit more than a year so I brought it into the shop thinking it would be a warrantied fix. Wrong, the vacuum company told me it was a "maintenance" item and would not reimburse me (despiste me sending them a letter asking so). I was out almost 100$ for having the contacts cleaned on the hose (the inside contacts near the switch on the handle)!

A few weeks ago, after 3 years without problems, the same thing started happening. I put my DIY hat on and figured that the worst I could do was to fail at repairing it and having to go to the repairman (i.e., same situation as now).

I unscrewed 6 screws on the handle and promptly cleaned the 4 contacts and their respective brass rings using 99% isopropyl alcool and Q-tips. The whole ordeal took maybe 20 minutes from start to finish. Now it works like new and I made the equivalent of 300$ an hour post tax!

Don't be afraid my friends! Open it and see how it works inside (make sure to unplug it first!).

 

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Re: Fixing a central vacuum handle/connection
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2014, 02:55:41 PM »
Don't be afraid my friends! Open it and see how it works inside (make sure to unplug it first!).

Agreed, so many things boil down to this.  My theology on it is that if someone else built it, I can probably fix it, just have to figure out how.  I started out as a kid taking apart my clock radio and other things.