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How to maintain a Nilfisk Combat vacuum cleaner.

The Nilfisk combat is an excellent value vacuum cleaner, to operate at it's best though you will need to look after it.



This is really simple, first remove the hose from the front of the vacuum cleaner and drop a medium sized coin in one end and then see if it drops through easily. If it comes through with no problems then you should check your filters The Nilfisk Combat has 3 filters which need to be checked.


The first filter is at the back of the machine, there is a small door, open the door to reveal the filter. It is unlikely to be causing suction loss but check it and if it has a lot of dirt on it buy a new one.



The inlet fitler can only be seen when you remove the dirt chamber, take out the chamber and look from the front of the machine to the back. There is an oval shaped hole and a small washable filter inside - give it a quick brush off and reinsert.


The Hepa Filter - this is going to be the issue 99% of the time. Now that you have the dirt chamber removed you can access the filter. Hit the button that releases the bottom trap door and let the dirt out (over a bin so you don't mess up the floor). Now you have to take the top part off by twisting the bin Lastly take the hepa filter off and check it over.



There is a shroud that slides off to reveal (normally) lots of dirt and muck caught in the folds of the filter Its a messy job...but you really have to do it if you want your vacuum to work well.


You can try to tap it out on a piece of newspaper or over the bin. Using a brush will work well too. Basically though it needs to be done every few times you vacuum or the dirt will just get lodged in there. If you have cleaned it but there is still noticable built up muck in it the unfortunately it's got to be changed Vacuumspot.com.au or NelsonVacuums.com.au both have this filter available.



The dirt canister has a built in filter cleaning function. It is only really usefull if you do it every time you empty the bin though. In the top of the canister is a big dial - really simple to use turn that thing a few times every time you empty the vacuum. It does not take the place of removing the filter and tapping or brushing it out though!.

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My 4 yr old Nilfisk vacuum cleaner has been working fine up until now. But suddenly, it has hardly any suction power and also, hot air seems to be coming out thru the vents on top and also thru the space that's normally used for blowing air OUT....the outlet with the retractable cover located close to the part where the power cable comes out of and retracts into. I've checked the filter and the hose and they are not clogged...I have also put in a new bag. Not keen to buy another vacuum cleaner unless as a last resort as I can't really afford it at this point....which also rules out expensive servicing and/or repairs! But I need to vacuum the house regularly as I am allergic to dust. Help! :-(


Hi there SmartAlec from Nelsonvacuums.com.au here.It sounds like a blockage of some kind. The best way to find it is to set the machine up for normal vacuuming and remove one component at a time until the suction returns. eg turn on and feel suction under floor head - not good? then remove the rod, then the hose.
Once at the machine on its own it gets a little triky as i don't know which model you have. However if you have a bagged model remove all the filters and the bag and retest. There will be at least 2 filters, one before the motor and one after (maybe under the vacuum or right at the back). If it is a bagless model even though the filter may look clean it is probably blocked with very fine dust. If suction returns when the filter is removed then you need to buy a new filter. I am a nilfisk vacuum cleaner agent so i can supply a filter for you.
If this still doesnt help you are welcome to call me if you live in australia my contact details are on my website www.nelsonvacuums.com.au.
Hope this helps !.
Happy vacuuming :)

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most likely the hose is blocked, drop a coin down it to confirm. You are best to replace the filters, they are not very expensive; though they are not likely to be the cause of your nilfisk over heating

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