An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points
An expert that got 10 achievements.
An expert that got 5 achievements.
An expert who has written 200 answers of more than 400 characters.
Re: no suction on lower level
Http://www.geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=0&thid=539794 Generic problem for all Vacuums No suction on lower level Posted by phil55555 on Apr 23, 2008
Nutone central vac no suction on lower level second floor fine ran fish tape but it does not go all the way through, do i need to take pipe out.
Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. Not @ first, try to get a central vacuum cuff and go to each and every inlet / outlet down the basement and put the cuff in the inlet – the central vac should come on and possibly might unclog the pipe, 2nd, try taking another canister type vacuum while the central vac is running and open the inlet door and try to “pull apart the clog in the pipe” – this does work upon occasion if not you can try a plumbers snake – but be careful because the walls of the pvc pipe are thin wall and you don’t want to poke a hole in the pipe or other wise you will have to replace the pipe. The absolute last resort should be to replace the pipe if all other do not work. Feel free to contact your local vacuum dealer in your area or in the yellow pages , or contact the factory @ the phone #’s listed below: http://nutone.com--- Customer Service NuTone Inc. 9825 Kenwood Road Suite 301 Cincinnati, OH 45242 In U.S.A. call: 1-888-336-3948 for Customer Service 1-888-336-6151 for Technical Support
In Canada call: 1-888-882-7626 Thanks,Don – The Vac Man Go Ahead.Use Us.
- If you need clarification, ask it in the comment box above.
- Better answers use proper spelling and grammar.
- Provide details, support with references or personal experience.
Tell us some more! Your answer needs to include more details to help people.You can't post answers that contain an email address.Please enter a valid email address.The email address entered is already associated to an account.Login to postPlease use English characters only.
Tip: The max point reward for answering a question is 15.
Broan 450 air-watt and 8.5 amp power unit. Covers 3,000 sq. one 30-ft. crush-proof hose with on/off switch, one 10-in. wide hard floor brush features swivel neck for easy maneuverability around furniture. My new home is just under 2000sf. Will this new unit have enough suction?? Just buy or don't??
Have you checked the hose for clogs or leaks. Clogged and leaky hoses are an area of concern with any central vac. Unless you hose has a hose sock, then wear and tear from constant rubbing on floors and other surfaces will result in holes and cracks. Pulling the hose can also result in leaks where the hose attaches to the handle and intake connector.
Mix some dish soap with water.
Use shop vac to blow air through hose, with other end capped or "clogged".
Apply soap solution to each end of hose.
If bubbles form, this indicates leakage. Hose will need to be replaced.
Use the guide at builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html to find the issue and solution. Most likely you need to test it without any filter and be sure the bottom of the unit is attached :) To get access to the motors you need to unbolt the very top sides.
There are two components involved here, wiring and pipe. Have someone go to the vac and turn on manually, briefly while you go to an inlet on the lower portion downstairs and open the door. Then shut the vac off. If you have suction downstairs at this point with the vac turned on manually , your pipes are all connected and the issue is the wiring for the lower level of the house. It will need to be connected to the wiring from the upper level. A good installer will have roughed in the system with the necessary wiring running along the pipe from each inlet. You should find a piece of wire hanging beside the pipe at each of the lower inlets. This low voltage wiring will need to connect to the main line by colored sequence. Your problem may be as simple as a bad splice where the wiring connects to the main line , or a second wire hanging inside the wall behind an inlet which has either come loose or been omitted. Do not unscrew the connection screws at the back of the inlet screws fully where the wires connect as they contain a spring loaded terminal which may fall apart.
If you have no suction, the piping has either not been connected to the pipe from upstairs or your lower piping is clogged. You will need to trace back and find your main floor "drops" in proximity from below , then connect them into the balance of piping for the system, being certain to connect the wiring at the same time. Post back with what you find and if you need more help. Last of all if you actually have moderate suction on the lower level, but not enough , you may have blockage in the lower line or a leaking valve door upstairs. If clogged you will need to use another vacuum a ad draw the blockage out at a lower floor inlet, generally the one closest to the vac. Please post to confirm what you have found.
Dear lord, that is the most absurd thing I've ever heard. Who installed the Vac and DW or were they both in the home before your time?
Normally, if liquid drips out of a CV outlet it's because it was sucked up during vacuuming. However, if your vacuum runs or has suction at the outlets due to the dishwasher running, you have a low voltage gap being bridged by either the dishwasher's wiring or by liquid leaking from it onto the CV wiring somewhere.
Bottom line, you have MAJOR issues inside your home with one or both of the systems, and if there's liquid, there's a dishwasher to be worried about! Look below it for leaks into the basement/lower floor; follow the plumbing (especially the drain waste runs) and figure out where the damage is before your house suffers the lot.
you might have a clog, to try and unclog the lines, you need to unplug the unit, and remove the bag compartment. Then take a shop vac using the hose attachment hold it into the attachment door where there is low suction and try to draw the clog out the way it went in.