DIY canister vacuum repair

Dirt can accumulate in your carpet quickly when your canister vacuum doesn't turn on or the brush roll isn't spinning. We have the DIY troubleshooting tips that can help you get your canister vacuum working again. Once you find the cause of your canister vacuum's failure, follow the steps in our illustrated repair guides to replace parts and get back to cleaning.

Find answers to common questions and maintenance tips on our articles and videos page. To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your canister vacuum, search for your model number.

Canister Vacuums
Repair guides for canister vacuums

How to replace a vacuum power head ribbed drive belt

Some canister vacuums have a ribbed drive belt that spins the brush roll on a power brush attachment. If the brush roll slips, you can replace it using these instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
July 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a vacuum suction motor

The suction motor on a vacuum creates the draw of air at the cleaning head that picks up dirt. If the vacuum won't run, give it a new life by replacing the suction motor. These steps explain how.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
July 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a vacuum beater bar

Replace the brush roll if the bristles ares worn or the cylinder is damaged.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a vacuum power head cogged drive belt

If the power brush isn't working well because the cogged drive belt is slipping, take a few minutes to replace the belt. These instructions show how.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less