Tip & How-To about Sebo Automatic X1 Bagged Upright Vacuum

Fed up having to buy new filters for your vacuum?

Over the years I've lost count of how many companies stop selling replacement filters for their long deceased production vacuum models or that filter replacements are becoming increasingly difficult to source. There are usually universal "microfilter" replacements which are easy enough to find and cut to size, but if you can't be bothered to do that, there are ways around to renew your existing filter even if the manufacturer or the user manual states that the filter cannot be washed.

You see, any filter can actually be washed - if it is a single cloth filter - as opposed to a micro pleated section of many layers sewn together. If you have such a filter, a single cloth filter which the user manual says cannot be washed, this is a blatant lie. Remove the motor filter as normal (usually found at the bottom where the paper bag goes) if it is embedded with dirt and wash under a hot tap of water with either household washing up liquid or soap. Once the filter has been completely cleaned, place the filter into a pillow case and chuck into an electric dryer on a low heat. Instead of waiting 24 hours normally for a filter to dry to room temperature, you'll cut your waiting time by a day simply by allowing the gentle heat from the electric dryer to circulate around the pillow case which holds your vacuum cleaner filter. Once the filter is completely dry to the touch and does not feel damp in any way, install back into the vacuum cleaner.

I have also done this with HEPA paper filters which apparently are not washable according to the manual, and to stop the plastic cartridges from bouncing off the walls of your electric clothing dryer/tumble dryer put an extra towel or cloth into the pillow case to minimise damage. What is then revealed is a new, dry and clean filter which can be used again instead of spending lots of money trying to source a new one.

At the same time, if your vacuum cleaner has a soft bag, take it off and put it into the washing machine to give it a clean lease of life - but you won't need to put it into a pillow case to dry in the electric dryer - simply chuck the bag in to ensure it gets dried properly before putting it back onto your vacuum cleaner.

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The filter camber on top pops and the air stops coming thru the whole vacuum cleaner. checked filter and washed said filter. Still happens. It is a loud pop and the air noice is loud. It pops when I pull the handle to start to vacuum. As long as it is upright it will not pop.


Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear you're having difficulties with your DC15. From what you've described, it sounds as if the relief valve is activating - if you've already washed the filter, it may be activating due to a blockage in the machine. The easiest way to locate and remove any blockages is to follow the steps shown in our online support guide:

http://www.dyson.com/support/help.asp?article=813&product=DC15-SY-STD

Although I note you've already washed the filter, you may want to take a look at the video below to make sure you've cleaned it as recommended. In normal use, this should be done at least once every 3-6 months. Use cold water without detergent, and allow at least 12 hours for the filter to dry completely before replacing it.

This should resolve the issue, but if you'd like any further assistance or advice, please call our Helpline free on 0800 298 0298 (UK), or 1-866-693-9766 (US).

Best wishes,

Jack
Dyson Online Customer Support
http://www.dyson.com


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dyson animal died while vacuuming and will not turn on now?


Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear you're having difficulties with your DC17. Your machine is equipped with a safety device which shuts the cleaner down to prevent overheating - this is often due to a blockage, or because the filter needs a wash.

The easiest way to check for and remove any blockages is to follow the steps shown in our online support guide:

http://www.dyson.com/support/help.asp?article=954&product=DC17-ANIMAL

In normal use, the filter should be washed at least once every 3-6 months. I note you've already cleaned the filter, but you might want to watch the video below to check you've done so as recommended. Use cold water without detergent, and allow at least 24 hours for the filter to dry completely before replacing it.

This should resolve the issue, but for any further assistance or advice, please call us free on 1-866-693-9766, or email us at askdysonUS@dyson.com

Best wishes,

Jack
Dyson Online Customer Support


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Usually on this vacuum those two problems are not related, but if you got a lot of stuff stuck in the brushroll and in the suction tube at the same time it could happen. Check the belt to make sure it's not broken. If the vacuum is over a year old the belt should probably be replaced anyway, this can be expensive on some Dyson models. The first thing to check on suction is the filters. Most Dysons have two filters. The motor filter should be cleaned and thoroughly dried after each use. The exhaust filter should be replaced frequently, for most people once a year should do. If you do not clean and replace the filters often enough the suction will keep going down and down until there is not enough airflow to propel the dirt and debris through the vacuum into the dirt cup and it ends up getting stuck and clogging up the vacuum which can lead to expensive repairs.

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Your filters are clogged. Dysons have two filters. One is the washable one located directly beneathe the cannister. The other is a post filter located inside of the vacuum housing. This filter should be replaced by a Dyson technician. The Dyson company recommends you replace your filters every 6 months to a year, depending on how often you vacuum.

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