Vacuum cleaners have become one of the most essential appliances in every home, and no one can imagine their life without this great invention. Like all other appliances, a vacuum cleaner will not last forever, however, if you invest in a high-quality brand then it will last longer than most. That being said, you should replace your vacuum cleaner when it’s time. So, how do you know it is time to replace it?
Vacuums don’t come with an expiration date and their longevity depends on the brand and the usage, so you can’t really know when exactly you will have to replace it. However, when it is time for your old vacuum cleaner to be replaced, it will start showing signs, so keep reading to find out what these signs are.
Loss of suction
Loss of suction is the first sign that your vacuum cleaner’s good days are over. You will notice the loss of suction when it isn’t as strong as it used to be, and you find yourself having to run the vacuum many times over the same spot in order to remove the dust. In some cases, this is a problem that can be fixed, so you should first examine the appliance and clean the filter. If this works then great, but if it doesn’t work then this is a clear sign that your vacuum needs to be replaced. Moreover, if you have had the item for years and you feel that it isn’t as strong as it used to be then this is also a sign that you need to buy a new one.
Vacuums aren’t known for being quiet appliances, on the contrary, they make very loud noises which usually terrify pets and wake people up from their sleep. The loud noise can be annoying and according to HowToHome.com, vacuuming is not a very enjoyable task and the last thing you want is to use a faulty vac that makes more noise than it should, which can make the chore very unpleasant. You are probably used to the noises your vacuum cleaner makes, but if you have noticed a change in the noise then this can mean that the motor is dying. You can try to fix it but in this situation, it is cheaper to just buy a new one.
Strong burning smell
There isn’t a clearer sign that a device is dying than a burning smell. In general, you have to always make sure that your vacuum smells fresh so when there is an odd smell, you will be able to notice it. If your vacuum starts smelling like burning plastic and it turns off by itself then you should replace your unit. You can try to fix it but if the smell continues then this is a sign of overheating, so you should replace the appliance immediately before it catches on fire.
Your old vacuum may show signs of aging by expending dust instead of clean air. Like all the other issues, you can try to fix it first as this can be the result of clogging or dirty filters. You can try to replace the filters but if it is old, it may be hard to find spare parts for it. However, if you manage to replace it but the problem still persists then you have no other option but to buy a new vacuum cleaner.
Hard to fix
It isn’t easy to fix or find spare parts for old vacuum cleaner models, as brands tend to discontinue a model after 15 years. The more your appliance ages, the harder it is to find spare parts; this is due to the market growth, and how vacuum cleaners makers come up with new technology all the time. It is a lot cheaper and a lot less complicated to replace your old vacuum than try to get it fixed.
If you notice that your vacuum cleaner turns off by itself or doesn’t start at all, then this is a sign that there is power or overheating issues. Try to examine it first to understand the source of the problem, you may need spare parts to replace the faulty parts, but if that doesn’t work and the appliance still turns off by itself or doesn’t turn on at all, then you should buy a new one.
Vacuum cleaners have become a part of people’s everyday lives, and when they break or stop working, this becomes a huge inconvenience. This is why you need to be on the lookout for any changes in your appliance’s performance and call your handyman immediately to get it fixed. However, if your vacuum is old and its golden years are already behind then maybe it is time for it to retire, and you should opt for a new one.
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