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I have any easy-flo built-in vacuum. I recently had the bearings on the motor, top and bottom replaced. I put the vacuum back together and it mow has low suction power. There is plenty of suction on the side of the canister where the rigid tubing meets the canister body but little suction at the wall plates. Any ideas? Roger

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  • roggercole Feb 20, 2008

    Thank you. With your help, I have determined that there is probably a blockage somewhere between the main floor and the upper floor of the house. Any idea how to clear it?

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There is either a blockage or a pipe is open somewhere. You should check the system at the wall valve without the hose to determine if the pipes are blocked or if perhaps the hose is plugged. If one of the wall valves is damaged or open, this will affect the whole system. Some times, there is painting or renovations taking place in the home and a valve has been removed during the work. I have seen this many times. All valves must be in place and closed for the system to function properly. I have also seen garage valves held open by storage boxes, etc. and they are overlooked because they don't get used often and in some cases, the home owner doesn't even know they are there.
If you turn the machine on with the switch on the side of the unit, observe the sound of the machine. If the motor races, then the pipes are closed (no breaks). If the motor runs normally, you have an opening somewhere. The same thing applies to the valves. If you turn the machine on and the motor races even when a valve is opened, then you have a blockage, but if the motor doesn't change when a valve is opened, then the pipes are compromised.
I hope this helps. Let me know.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

  • Ray Sabourin Feb 20, 2008

    The first thing to try is to attempt to remove the blockage with another vacuum. Get another canister vac. A shop vac or something with lots of suction. Take the bucket off your easy flo. Go to the valve nearest the blockage and insert the hose into the valve making sure that you get as tight a seal as possible. Make sure that the portable vac is clean and is making all the suction it can. Turn it on and see if it will suck the blockage back. What will probably happen is that it will pull part of the blockage up to the valve and you will have to remove the hose and clear the debris from the back of the valve. Re-insert the hose and go again. You might have to do this several times. The reason you take the bucket off your easy flo is so that air can pass back up the system unobstructed. The bucket will add resistance. Sort of like sucking on a soda bottle. If this does not help, you will have to get an electricians "fish-tape" and feed it down through the valve and work the blockage loose by pulling on it and breaking it up. I often use a combination of these two methods on a stubborn blockage. DO NOT USE A PLUMBER'S SNAKE. They can damage the pipe and even break it.

    Once you get it cleared, take a couple of squares of toilet tissue or a kleenex and let it go through the system. Go check the bucket and see if it came through. If it did, then you pretty much got the blockage and should be o.k.

    Good luck. I hope this helps.

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