Why My Vacuum Cleaner Is Not Picking Up?

(Last Updated On: April 26, 2023)

A vacuum cleaner is a machine that uses an air pump to push dust and other small particles into the bag or container. This makes it much easier to clean your floor than using rags and brooms. Most people buy new machines because they just want something new, but sometimes products don’t work for reasons beyond their control.

There are many common reasons that a vacuum cleaner stops picking up.

Here are some of the most common causes of a vacuum not picking up dirt:

  • Clogged vacuum cleaner hose
  • Broken fans inside the vacuum
  • Restrictions in airflow due to pets
  • Full container
  • New and untested, may have manufacturer defects

Why is my Bagged Vacuum No Longer Picking Up?

Bagged vacuums may lose suction power if the vacuum bag becomes full. When your vacuum loses suction because of this, all you have to do is empty out the bag and it should make a big difference.

This is the most common cause of a bagged vacuum having these issues.

Why is my Bagless Vacuum No Longer Picking Up?

Bagless vacuums have issues that usually stem from three things: the vacuum belt, motor filter or exhaust filter.

First check that the belt that helps generate proper suction, is actually working.

Secondly check that both the motor and exhaust filters are clear and clean.

Although it’s not listed as one of the common problems, some vacuum cleaners have a variable height setting, which can cause it not to pick up dirt. Make sure to check this.

Why is my new vacuum not picking up anything?

The issue with a new vacuum cleaner is there could be a manufacturer defect.

This could arise from many parts.

If the vacuum worked and it suddenly lost suction, it’s likely to be only one part. This could be one of the common vacuum cleaner problems, such as a full debris container.

Checking the model number and seeing if other users have these issues can help too.

I had a friend that forgot that she had the bare floor setting enabled and wondered why her vacuum was getting stuck on her carpet. She only figured it out after seeing the manufacturer instructions.

Why is my Hoover not picking up?

Hoovers very commonly become clogged due to the small hoses used.

Check and clear out any clogged hoses. After you’ve cleared out any blockages, check the dust container and empty that out.

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