Nine Common Canister Vacuum Problems and Solutions

Your canister vacuum must be working properly if you are maintaining it well and taking good care of it. Even if you buy a used vacuum cleaner, keeping it clean and using it properly can improve its lifetime.

However there are times when you experience different problems with these appliances and perhaps you feel to have no option than to get them repaired or get a new one. Both these options would need you to spend good amount of money. Wouldn’t it be great if you find another solution?

Have you ever thought that your canister may not be working because of a very common problem that you can fix yourself to make it functional again? This solution would not only save you money but will save you time and efforts as well.

In this page we have highlighted some common problems that are usually found with canisters and these can be fixed by your own self. Let us explore what may be hindering your vacuum’s performance.


Common Problems

Canister vacuums are a combination of different components and like parts of a human body, proper working of all the components is crucial for effective functionality of your canister machine. Keeping an eye on all the parts is important.


Loss of Suction Power: The most common issue that remains a complaint from canister machine users is the loss of suction power. This problem is not particularly with your low-priced canister vacuum but many others also suffer same. There could be different problems that result in loss of suction power such as:


Power Cord: One of the common problems that prevents from most of the canisters to work properly is the power cable. Check to see if there are any splits or if the cord is broken. Avoid using any kind of damaged power cable and better replace it. For safety reasons, keep power cable away from any liquids. If power cable is the problem area for your canister, then these tips would reduce chances of problems.


Filters: Your canister may not be working properly, if the filter is blocked or full of dust. You need to clean up filter or replace according to recommendations of your canister’s manufacturer. Use filters with complete care and keep a regular check on them. If the filters are blocked, you will encounter less suction power that would not eradicate dust and dirt from your floor effectively.


Bags: Many of the high quality canister vacuums are designed with large capacity bags and claim that the bags are to last forever. However even if these seem to last forever, you should replace them after a specific time to make sure that the cleaner can easily pick up all the dirt and dust particles from your floor. Also it is better to keep some extra bags handy if in case your canister’s bag gets damaged in the middle of a cleaning task. You can then easily replace the bag or else choose the bagless model.


Hose: One of the problems that can be reason for your canister not working properly is the hose. If the hose is cracked of damaged, it can result in loss of suction power that can give you ineffective and inefficient cleaning performance. Check to see if you can repair the hose by yourself. If not, then claim the warranty (if applicable) or replace the hose by getting a new one.


Wand: Ceilings and fans are usually difficult to clean with conventional cleaning tools and for that purpose use of canister vacuum is ideal. A flexible wand would be good to clean under furniture however for all those high difficult to reach places you can consider getting a flexible wand. This will make cleaning easier and will reduce chances of hose to get damaged. With a rigid wand you need not to use ladder or chairs to reach high ceilings and roof but can easily clean with safety.


Overheated Motor: Another common problem that results in improper working of canisters is overheating. If your canister is overheated, it can cause a permanent damage to motor. If the motor is damaged you can easily replace it with a new one. Replacing the motor is quite simple and you won’t need a pro for this task.


Control Switches: Switches of the canister can break with use over time and if you find any switch damaged, you must replace it in order to avoid any problems in operating the machine.


Wheels: You may be witnessing problem in operating your canister vacuum because of wheels been broken or cracked. If you find such problem in any of the wheels of your machine, replace with a new wheel and make your cleaner functional again.



For repairing, you can check our guidelines for repairing your canister. If there are multiple problems with your canister and you are finding it difficult to solve, it is recommended that you might replace your canister and get a new or used one. Full replacement must be done if it is badly damaged and for all other minor issues, you can solve it by yourself.

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