Shop-Vacs often last years without having any mechanical issues, but things can go wrong with them from time to time. Have you noticed that your vacuum is leaving behind a light trail of dirt when in use? Is it not sucking up debris as efficiently as it did in the past?
If your Shop-Vac is experiencing issues, then do these simple things to try and fix the problems yourself.
Shop-Vac troubleshooting tips
Check the bag—If your vacuum isn't getting as much suction as it usually does, it could mean that the bag is too full. You should notice a dramatic difference in suction once you replace the bag.
Inspect the hoses—Loss of suction can also be the result of a leak in the hose that is created by a tear in the lining. Thoroughly check all hoses if changing the bag doesn't improve anything.
Look at the nozzles—Just like hoses, nozzles can lose their tightness and seal over time, resulting in reduced suction power.
Check the power cord—Ensure that the power cord is properly connected to both the outlet and your vacuum if it's not turning on.
Look for broken parts—If the problems persist after trying all of these tips, then you could have a broken part.
Common Shop-Vac replacement parts
Filter—The filter is responsible for collecting the dirt and debris that has been sucked up into the container. When dirty, it will prevent air from flowing freely through the machine, reducing the suction power in the process.
Wheels—Wheels can break for a variety of reasons, largely depending on what the attachment assembly and wheel are made of. Range of motion is severely reduced if a wheel isn't working, calling for a replacement wheel. Be sure to replace all wheels with new ones to maintain balance and alignment.
Lid latch—The lid latch keeps the lid over the vacuum bag in place. Dirt can escape from the chamber if the latch breaks or comes loose. Be sure the vacuum is unplugged when replacing the latch.
Motor—If you have a blown motor, the vacuum will still turn on, but it won't be able to create any suction. Unplug the Shop-Vac from the wall outlet before replacing the motor.
Sears PartsDirect has all your Shop-Vac replacement parts
Be sure to run your Shop-Vac from time to time even if you don't need to use it. If the vacuum sits too long without airflow, the filter can get overly dusty, or motor parts could rust out. Finding the replacement parts you need to fix your Shop-Vac is easy thanks to the search tool at Sears PartsDirect.