How To Unclog A Vacuum Cleaner?

(Last Updated On: October 4, 2022)

When you are using your vacuum cleaner, it can sometimes get clogged up with all kinds of different materials. These things can cause the suction to drop, which can lead to different problems. Fortunately, this is an easy problem to fix.


What things are most likely to clog up your vacuum cleaner?

The most common thing that clogs up your vacuum is hair. Hair can be trapped in the hose of your vacuum cleaner, which will cause poor suction. While this may not be too much of a problem, it can also just fall down into the motor compartment of your vacuum, which will cause the motor to burn out. So if you have a lot of pets or long-haired people in your household, it is important to check your vacuum weekly for clogs. Hair can be especially rough on robot vacuums.

Another thing that can clog up your machine is string and thread. If these get caught around the roller bar of your vacuum, they can wrap around and cause the motor to burn out. They can also wrap around other attachments that are connected to your machine by a hose, such as a carpet cleaner or hard floor attachment. So remember to clear all tangles off of your vacuum before you use it!

The final thing that can clog up a vacuum cleaner is larger pieces of material, such as crumbs or pet food. These can just fall down into the motor compartment of your machine and cause the motor to overheat. So remember, especially if you have children or pets, that this is something that you should be clearing up after yourself!

How do you unclog your vacuum cleaner?

The first thing that you should do is to remove the hose from your vacuum cleaner, if possible. If it is just a blockage in the hose itself, you will be able to dislodge it by squeezing and pushing on the internal cylinder of your vacuum.

If it’s not something stuck inside the hose, but instead something caught around the roller bar of your vacuum, you will need to take off the roller bar.

You can usually do this by popping open a hatch and unscrewing the bolts that hold the roller bar in place. Then you should be able to pull your roller bar out and dislodge whatever is caught around it.

To figure out if something has caused a clogged vacuum hose, get a bent coat hanger or stiff electrical wire. Stick this down your clogged hose and wiggle it around. You should be able to push out the clog and dislodge it.

Now tilt your hose upright and whatever has clogged it should fall out.

If you don’t have a coat hanger, you can use a shower curtain rod, bottle cleaning brush or garden hose. Anything long and stiff.

Some vacuums have reversible airflow, which you can use to unclog your vacuum, although this isn’t possible on every vacuum type.

Why does my vacuum hose have no suction?

If you have followed our instructions to unclog and it’s still showing no signs of suction power, it may be another issue.

The first thing to do is visually inspect the vacuum hose properly to make sure its 100% clear.

If it looks good, check the suction port which is connected to the hose, there could be a blockage in there too.

If none of those work, it could be an inner hose is clogged. To reach it you will need something long such as a broom handle or a wire hanger. Use this to stick it into the machine as far as it will go, and wiggle it to dislodge any tough grime inside the inner vacuum hose.

Be careful to not use excessive force and remember to check the user manual of the device.

How do I clean my vacuum?

To get a clean vacuum cleaner, combine half a cup of baking soda with some water. Alternatively you can use some mild detergent or dish soap.

Use a damp cloth and wipe down the vacuum.

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