Ever since vacuum cleaner became a popular household item, cleaning has never been made easier. They can be found in most apartments and its effectiveness can’t be denied!
However, like other popular household appliances, vacuum cleaners could get damaged over time or during the process of use, thereby causing a leak.
A leak can reduce the effectiveness of your vacuum cleaner and getting a professional vacuum cleaner leak fix might be expensive and time consuming. In this article, you are going to learn what to look for if you suspect a problem, how to fix a vacuum cleaner hose leak and get your vacuum cleaner up and running again!
What to Look For?
Most of these problems happen with the canister vacuum cleaners as they are the very popular and must have hose. The first thing to look for is the source of the problem. To locate the source, you will have to check the hose. What are you looking for in the hose? You will be looking for signs of a leak. Run your fingers across the hose to check for holes, tears and cracks. You will easily find them, if they are big enough.
If your fingers can’t run through everything or maybe you can’t find the leak by running your fingers through.You can try filling the hose with water, and hold both ends of the hose in a ‘U’ shape to prevent the water from pouring away. If there is any leak, the water will pour through it.
Now that you have discovered the leak, the next step will be dependent on the extent of damage. You can either choose to repair, buy another hose or a whole new vacuum cleaner. However, if you are opting for a DIY repair, you will be needing the following:
- A wire coat hanger or a broom pole than can fit through the hose.
- Duct tape to seal the tears and leak.
- A knife or scissors for cutting purposes
- Powder or chalk
Note: The process of cleaning or repairing might take long or get messy along the way. So, it is advisable to put some rough clothes and gloves and also protect the area you will be working. Alternatively, you can move the repairing process outside to prevent damage or getting dirt on your floor or other household items.
Finally, How To Fix a Vacuum Cleaner Hose Leak
- Step 1: Find the Leak- This process has been explained above. Finding the leak will be very easy, if it is large. If the leak is small you will have to pour water through as directed above. Once you locate the leak, mark it with a marker, so you can know where exactly to seal.
It is also advisable to check other parts of the hose thoroughly to see if there are other leaks or cracks.
- Step 2: After locating the leak, you need to determine whether the leak is close to the end of the hose or not. If it is, then you are in luck, as this is easy to fix. All you need to do is to remove the plastic connector at the end of the hose, cut the leak out using your knife and then place the plastic connector back, reattach to the vacuum cleaner and you are basically good to go!
The only problem with this method is if your vacuum cleaner comes with plastic connectors that are not detachable. In such cases, you will have to find another solution or simply replace the hose or the vacuum cleaner.
- Step 3: This step is for cases where the leak happens in the mid area or nowhere close to the end of the hose. In this case, you can’t simply just cut the affected area out, instead, you will have to do some little work to get your vacuum cleaner repaired.
The first thing to do here is to clean the affected area with liquid soap to remove dirt and allow to dry. Make sure water doesn’t get into the vacuum cleaner in the process of cleaning.
- Step 4: Pour powder or paint the chalk on your broom pole handle or wire coat hanger and slide through the tube. You will need to stretch it well, till you can see the powder through the affected area.
- Step 5: Cover the leak with a duct tape. Make sure you cover the affected area adequately to prevent further leak. Press the duct tape firmly to the broom pole handle before removing it.
- Step 6: Remove the broom pole handle or the wire coat hanger from the hose. You have to do this carefully to prevent ripping off the area you just sealed.
- Step 7: Once you get the Broom pole handle or the wire coat hanger out, you will be left with the sticky side of the duct tape inside the hose. Leaving it like this will result into more problems, as it is an open attraction and invitation to dust and dirt.
To solve this problem, pour some powder or spread some chalk on the floor and then allow your vacuum cleaner to clean it up. This process further reduces the duct’s sticky side and should be enough to prevent dust and dirt attraction.
- Step 8: Check to see if the leak has been sealed by using the vacuum cleaner. If properly sealed, the efficiency of the cleaner will automatically improve.
Warning: Always make sure that you disconnect the vacuum cleaner from electricity before cleaning or going through any repair process.
In conclusion, repairing your vacuum cleaner leak may not be an all-in-one solution to your vacuum cleaner leak problem. With frequent use and overtime, the leak, crack or tear might happen again. So, keep it in mind, that, this is only a temporary solution.
You might need to find a more permanent solution if you are dealing with larger, frequent leaks and cracks. Ultimately, the powerful air passing through the hose tube will force the tape to tear again. At this point, you might have to go for a new hose or buy a new vacuum cleaner.
Anyways, it’s not bad to try any DIY things as this can extend the life of your present vacuum especially if it’s not too old.