When you’re vacuuming, and all of a sudden there’s a sharp odor, sparks, or your vacuum is sucking weakly clearly there’s something wrong. Most of the time, though, while you’re cleaning the stairs either with a handheld machine or a machine with a hose, the problem lies inside the vacuum.
Making for a difficult situation. Either you can pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket to have someone fix your vacuum for you, or you can just do it yourself.
When you’re fixing your vacuum, make sure it’s not plugged in. Keeping the power off and the cord unplugged ensures that you won’t accidentally turn it on. This is where you break out some tools, and according to the problem your vacuum has try to decode what’s actually wrong. If there isn’t enough suction, try cleaning out the bag, and make sure that nothing is clogged or getting in the way of the dirt’s path.
If there’s a smell there may be something caught in the motor, taking it apart according to the manual related to your machine is a must. Search around, try to find something related to the problem. For example, the last person to use it may have sucked up something they weren’t supposed to.
If there doesn’t seem to be anything blocking an entry or burning up, then your problem is likely with the wiring. Unless you’re an electrician you shouldn’t attempt to take apart the vacuum further. Taking it to a repairman is the best and safest bet at that point.
If you do find something lodged, though, obviously it needs to be removed. Making sure that the vacuum is still unplugged, carefully remove the lodged object. It is likely to be hair, hair builds up in time and is hard to get out.
It may take a few moments and a few attempts to remove whatever is stuck in your vacuum. Stairs are the cesspool for hair and other debris, and is the least often place cleaned. Meaning that your stairs are covered in all sorts of things, a stair based vacuum shouldn’t have built up inside of it.
After you’ve removed the lodged object or mass you can put it back together, plug it in and assure that it works. If it didn’t work and there’s still a problem you’re back to the drawing board. If it did then you can go on your merry way.
When it comes to vacuums, especially stair based ones it’s easy to get a lot of debris trapped inside. After a lengthy time, the use starts to wear down on the vacuum and it needs to be cleaned out. If it isn’t cleaned and properly maintained then your vacuum could be a fire hazard, and if it doesn’t work you’re not going to want to keep it.
Instead of spending hundreds on a repair job, or a half decent vacuum try to fix it yourself. You very well may find that it was an easy fix you were capable of doing. Saving you time, money and resources and getting you back on track for cleaning those stairs off for Thanksgiving.