Why is my vacuum not picking anything up?

May 13, 2010

I don’t know much about vacuums and this one was given to me. It is an older Eureka “The Boss Power” vacuum. I just moved into a new apartment and the new carpet is shedding and the vacuum will not work to pick up anything. Since I just moved I dont have money to go buy a vacuum so do not suggest that.

Is this a sign that the bag needs changing? The belt? Idk.


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5 Responses to Why is my vacuum not picking anything up?

  1. idic5 on May 13, 2010 at 10:05 am

    i have the same question, even the same Boss. people – dont say change the belt, i did . nada. dont say chg the bag, i did – nada.

    i also bought another eureka altima – similar results.

    then I bought I hoover elite, similar results. is the the sub $130 V.Cs. JUST SUCK – but not dirt???

    do i have to buy a $500 dyson? OUCH!

    what has finally worked for me is to buy a RIGID 5 hp portable shop vac for $80. that really sucks dirt. only thing it does not have a hepa filter. i saw that kenmore also has a similar portable model.

    anyone know whether there are high hp portable shop vac with hepa filters?

  2. psfcommodities on May 13, 2010 at 11:00 am

    You might start by turning your vaccum cleaner over on it’s side and checking to see if your belt is worn or torn. Make sure the back is empty. If it is not either of these problems, then I would say that your vaccum is clogged. It may be in the hose or clogged from below. If the hose gets clogged, it will not pick anything up from the floor either. Turn your vaccum on and put the hose against your hand. If it has no succion then there is usually a clog somewhere. I use a broom handle and put it down the hose to try and push it., Or if it is from underneath, you will need to take the bottom plate off and pull the rotaty brush out and see if you can find it that way. I hope this helps.

  3. jentrie2 on May 13, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Many have filters that have to be cleaned. First shake out, then wash and dry. Mine is a 6″ circle of filter fabric that lays over the motor in my canister model. If it’s too full, it looses suction. Also, if there are brushes, be sure to clean them . Remove hair and fibers. They “sweep” dust, hairs, etc. into suction area.

  4. Clockguy on May 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    9 times out of ten, it’s the belt. First, check the air ways for clogs and empty the bag. lastly it could have a worn impeller, but that would be a gradual decline in suction.

  5. cajundude1 on May 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Mine did that. It was clogged with lint between the brush and bag. Clear it and replace the bag. It should improve considerably.

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