5 steps to increase vacuum cleaner suction

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Vacuum maintenance is the simplest, least expensive way to get your cleaner to perform at peak efficiency. Not only does this give you a return on investment and help you avoid inconveniences, it also contributes to the environment by keeping machines out of landfills.

Generally, if well maintained, a vacuum can live up to eight years. However, over time, many vacuums suffer from a loss of suction, resulting in reduced cleaning power. This lack of suction can be caused by a simple clog or by poor maintenance and care.

Make yours last and avoid replacing it by taking better care of your cleaning companion. Follow these essential tips to increase your vacuum cleaners’ suction:

Step 1: Clean the attachments

Don’t leave your vacuum attachments dirty. When you notice dust build-up, wipe the nozzles and tubes with a cloth. Pay close attention to the motorised brush where hair and fibres can get trapped, which can stop it from spinning and damage its bearings. To detangle, remove the detachable roller from the unit and cut the knots with a pair of scissors, being careful not to include the bristles.

Step 2: Inspect the belt

The driver belt is the rubber band that connects the brush to the motor shaft to make it spin. Make sure it’s not stretched out so your vacuum can capture all debris with less swipes. If it needs to be changed, you can buy a new one and easily replace it yourself by following its instructions.

Step 3: Empty the bin or bag

One of the easiest ways to increase vacuum cleaner suction is to empty the dust collection bag. Dust containers need to have enough space for airflow, otherwise, they could get clogged and have less suction power. Regularly check your dust compartment and empty or change it when it’s already 70-80% full. If you have pets or a large home, we recommend you do this more often.

You can also rely on some Electrolux bagless models that have a bag change indicator. Most bagless types have transparent dust cups so you can monitor the dirt intake.

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Step 4: Assess the filter

Filters are designed to catch allergens and pollen. Wash or replace them to ensure good air quality in your home and to maintain your vacuum’s suction. While cleaning instructions may depend on your use and vacuum type, as a general rule, wash your fine dust filters once a month, and clean or replace your HEPA filters every 6-12 months. Washable filters can be simply rinsed under the tap, then let dry.

Step 5: Schedule an appointment with us

Follow the tips above to keep your vacuum in top condition. If you need a deeper inspection or repair, reach out to our Customer Service Centre and our expert technicians will happily assist you. For appliance queries or maintenance help, please contact our customer care team for further support.

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In conclusion, there can be many reasons why your vacuum cleaner has low suction.

It could be dirty filters, a clogged container, or an obstruction in the hose. Inspect all these areas and replace any parts if needed to restore full suction power.

Cleaner floors make healthier homes. Electrolux offers a variety of vacuum cleaners in Philippines that fits your different needs, from the traditional bagged and bagless products to robot and cordless vacuum cleaners. Our vacuum is able to capture dirt and dust carefully in piece and quiet, which ensures your comfortable living.

See some of our vacuum cleaners below:
  • 4-step filtration system for a deeper clean.
  • Clean more in one go, even when near capacity.
  • Designed for easy emptying with single button release.
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  • 4-step filtration system for a deeper clean.
  • Clean more in one go, even when near capacity.
  • Designed for easy emptying with single button release.
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  • Magnetic charging station so you can grab and go.
  • Full suction*, even as the dust bin fills.
  • PowerPro nozzle for 7x better pick-up*.
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  • Grab & Go for quick, convenient cleaning.
  • PowerPro roller cleans and polishes hard floors.
  • Cyclonic system maintains suction even when full.
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