Your Vacuum Cleaner Is Not Picking Up Dirt

Your vacuum cleaner no longer picks up dust as well as it did before? Its suction power is constantly going down? Below you will find the what causes this issue and our tips for restoring power to your vacuum cleaner.


The power setting is out of order

The power adjuster is incorrectly set 

This may seem obvious, but the first reason that explains a loss of power in vacuum cleaners compared to its usual power is a wrong setting. Indeed, this power loss can very simply be explained by a dimmer button on a lower setting than usual. Incorrect adjustment is even more frequent as the setting wheel is generally very easy to turn, even accidentally, when grabbing the device for example. So, put the control knob back on the right power setting, the one you want, to get a better suction. When you turn the power dial, make sure you can hear the engine running at a higher or lower speed. If this is not the case, it is not impossible that the adjustment knob may be disengaged from its support or simply broken, it will have to be replaced.

The vaccum cleaner bag is full

The vacuum cleaner's dust bag is full

If your vacuum cleaner bag is full, or as soon as it is 3/4 full, you will notice a loss of suction power. This is also true when the vacuum cleaner does not have a bag but a storage compartment instead. This problem is more common with bag vacuums. It should be noted that the bag fills quickly depending on its capacity, but also on the frequency with which you vacuum and the materials you vacuum. Change or empty your bag as regularly as possible.

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The dust filter is dirty

The dust filter is clogged up

It often happens that one or more clogged filters are the cause for a loss of power in your device. Depending on the equipment, there is at least one filter in front of the motor and one ejector filter. These filters prevent the certain dusts getting through to the engine or to the outside. As a result, the blocked elements stick to the filter. When too many elements are stuck to the filter, it clogs. Whatever the clogged filter, this results in a loss of suction. To solve the problem, it is sometimes possible to clean the filter. It may also be necessary to change it. Filters should be changed, on average, every 5 to 6 bags to ensure the device is sucking correctly but also for its durability.

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The pipe is blocked or obstructed

The extension tube or hose is blocked or obstructed

Sometimes the vacuum cleaner hose gets clogged. A pile of dust and dirt then forms at the pipe level. An object that you inadvertently sucked up may also be involved. In this case, use a thick wire or a metal hanger that you unfold to pass it through the pipe and unblock the dust accumulation.

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The brush is dirty

The brush head/floor tool is clogged

The brush is the part that is in direct contact with the floor, it is sometimes equipped with wheels, a rotating or electric brush. It can get stuck regularly because of animal threads, hair or strings and therefore the inlet of the suction tube is blocked. In this case, you will have to disassemble and clean the brush.

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The motor is blocked

The motor has jammed 

The engine and its turbine allow the vacuum cleaner to generate a vacuum. If these elements are blocked or obstructed by twine or a small object, for example, they may no longer be able to rotate freely and cause the unit to lose suction power. Be careful never to suck up plaster or flour, for example, because these dusts are too fine and can settle on the engine and cause irreparable damage.

There is an air leak in the circuit

Air is escaping from the system somewhere

The suction system is semi-waterproof to ensure good suction of dust and dirt. A hole or crack in the system that allows air to pass through it inexorably leads to a loss of suction. Just as a perforated straw cannot allow you to properly suck up the liquid, no matter how hard you suck it up. The air leak can come from the hose that is not properly connected to the unit. It may also be due to improper joint placement or defective joints. Depending on the case, reconnect your hose properly to the unit, replace the hose or plug its holes. Replace damaged seals or replace them properly in their housing.

Proper maintenance is essential to prevent the problem from happening again: change the bag regularly or empty the compartment regularly. Also remember to clean the filters frequently and replace them. Finally, make sure you store your vacuum cleaner properly so that its hose does not get damaged.

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