How to replace a vacuum beater bar
This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the beater bar in a vacuum. The beater bar rotates in the power head, loosening dirt from carpet fibers. If the brush bristles are worn or the bar is damaged, the power head can't clean deeply. Replace the beater bar with the manufacturer-approved vacuum part.
Follow these steps to replace the beater bar in Kenmore, Panasonic, Whirlpool and Miele canister vacuums.
Remove power brush assembly cover
Turn the power brush assembly upside down and use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the three screws that secure the cover. Turn the power brush assembly upright and remove the cover.
PHOTO: Remove the cover screws.
PHOTO: Remove the cover.
Remove the brush roll cover
Remove the two screws that secure the brush roll cover. Lift the cover off and set it aside.
PHOTO: Remove the brush roller cover screws.
PHOTO: Remove the brush roller cover.
Replace the brush roll
Lift the brush roll out of the base and release it from the drive belt. Slip the new brush roll in the belt and push it into the base.
PHOTO: Remove the brush roll.
Reinstall the brush roll cover
Reinstall the brush roll cover, insert the screws, and tighten firmly.
Reinstall the power brush assembly cover
Reinstall the power brush assembly, insert the screws, and tighten firmly.
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.
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.
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