Tip & How-To about Vacuums

Extend a Vacuum's Hose "Lifespan"

There are several things that can lead to a fairly short "life span" on a vacuum hose. Hoses need to be replaced periodically anyway, but getting the maximum use means reduced cost for your investment. Common problems are: worn out hose, leaky hose, broken wire, loose connections, and of course, clogs.
Normal wear and tear may seem to be a problem that there's no help for, however anyone can reduce this on their vacuum hose. Some examples include:

Hang hose properly. Improper storage may promote wear on the hose and stress on the wiring. I recommend detaching from vacuum and wands, and hanging across two large hooks or hangars. This places weight upon two areas of hose, instead of just one.

Placing a hose sock on the hose will help reduce wear and tear caused by dragging back and forth on the floor, corners, and other surfaces. The heavier the fabric, the better protection.

Pulling the vacuum behind you while cleaning creates high stress on both the hose material and internal wiring. Indications of problems are loss of airflow/suction at end of hose for the first, and power nozzle not operating or intermittently operating. Avoid pulling vacuum behind you; move vacuum closer to the cleaning area to clean.

Loose connections are pretty much inevitable over time. The connections from hose to wand, wand to wand, and wand to power nozzle all are susceptible to wear and breakage. Replace hose and wand connections that are broken, loose, and/or blackened. Those things can cause bad electrical shock.

Clogs are often caused by a large item being vacuumed, but more often are due to a long, thin object being sucked up, sticking in the hose, and other stuff backing up against it. This will eventually cut off air flow and result in a burned out motor if not remedied.

Maximize your vacuum hose’s use by following the above suggestions.

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