One of the top questions Ace Vacuums support specialists receive from customers is “How do I prolong the life of my vacuum?” This is a great question because purchasing a vacuum has become, in recent years, an investment as well as a necessity.
In this post, we identify some common mistakes made by novice vacuum owners and provide easy-to-follow solutions that can be carried out from the comfort of your home.
A common mistake shared by vacuum owners is overfilling the transparent dust cup. Most Dyson vacuums are designed to hold 0.55 gallons of dirt and debris. Anything over that puts the efficiency of your Dyson in danger. Above the dust, cup chamber sits the cyclone assembly, and if dust and debris bypass the MAX fill line, the inner cyclones don’t have the room they need to operate. This results in filter clogging, airflow reduction, and ultimately a loss in suction. So make sure to monitor your dirt intake as you vacuum, and avoid putting yourself through hoops of maintenance or end up buying a new vacuum altogether. Better yet, set an alarm on your phone that prompts you to empty out your dust cup at the same time every week, or perhaps get yourself in a routine where you empty the dust cup after each use. Heck, you can even take the clear dust cup and clean it like you would a pot under cold running water. Just be sure to let it air dry for 24 hours.
Unique to Dyson, small cyclones generate powerful centrifugal forces that separate dirt and debris from the fast-flowing air stream. This not only keeps your suction power running at tip-top speeds but also improves the air quality because all the air emitted from the motor is filtered as opposed to non-filtered. However, with these cyclones being the first line of defense against dirt and dander, they are bound to accumulate dust particles in tiny crevices inside and outside the assembly. If this happens, you will experience a loss in suction and your surfaces won’t get cleaned as well as they should. To clean, take a dry cloth or dry brush and remove as much excess dander as you can. Do not submerge the cyclone in water or run water through the cyclones. To learn more about the different types of cyclonic technology that Dyson offers, feel free to check out our blog post.
Now that we tackled the dust cup and cyclones, let’s talk about filters. Any Dyson you own is going to come equipped with a motor filter that fits inside the cyclone assembly and an exhaust filter that hides inside the Dyson ball. Both of these filters are washable, yet so many first-time vacuum owners either neglect to perform routine Dyson filter maintenance or don’t perform it often enough. As a rule of thumb, the Dyson motor filter should be washed every three months. To wash, simply saturate under cold water and leave to dry overnight before re-insertion. The same routine should be done for the Dyson exhaust filter. Don’t fear being a bit “hands-on” with this process. Feel free to wring out the Dyson motor filter like a wet rag or saturated washcloth. Tap the exhaust filter a few times against your kitchen sink to get rid of pesky water droplets. A few extra minutes of your time can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Now it’s time to talk a bit about blockages. Blockages can happen almost anywhere, and no part is completely immune to blockages without proper maintenance. If you are experiencing a loss in suction, a blockage in the wand, airways, or cleaner head may be the culprit. So make sure to thoroughly check over your vacuum. Take a peek at the brush roll and make sure there aren’t any huge clumps of hair twined around it. If there is, you would need to remove the base plate to gain access to the brush roll. While you’re at it, you may want to give the inside of the cleaner head a rub down with a slightly damp cloth and do the same with the brush roll. As a matter of preventative maintenance, be mindful of the items you’re sucking up as you vacuum. Large objects, like a heavy wad of gum or Styrofoam ball, can be picked up with your hands and thrown away. If you break a plate, try to pick up as much as you can with a broom and dustpan. Glass is sharp and can puncture the interior of your vacuum if you’re not careful.
In a general sense, with every vacuum, you own you should take care not to negate some of the preventative work you’ve done by forgetting to reinsert the filters after you’ve taken the time to wash them. Also, make sure to only use your Dyson vacuum (or any vacuum for that matter) on pre-approved surfaces. Most vacs are made for use on dry floors and carpets and are not designed to handle wet conditions. If you need a wet/dry vacuum, we sell plenty from top-of-the-line brands like Shop-Vac and ProTeam. Lastly, try not to run over the power cord as you vacuum. This disrupts the electrical current that runs from the wall to your vacuum, and the last thing you want is to be out of a vacuum.
We hope this blog post provided you with a solid foundation in implementing preventative maintenance for your Dyson.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to dial 703-997-9292 and speak with a trained vacuum specialist. We provide free technical support seven days a week and would be happy to help you with any problem you’re experiencing no matter how big or small.
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11110 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030 (in Fairfax City, VA) or
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