July 1, 2013

How to replace a vacuum beater bar

By Lyle Weischwill
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 vacuum beater bar with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Follow these steps to replace the beater bar in Kenmore, Panasonic, Whirlpool and Miele canister vacuums.

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Tools required
Phillips screwdriver
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less

Instructions

  1. 01.

    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. 

    Remove the cover screws.

    Remove the cover screws.

    Remove the cover.

    Remove the cover.

  2. 02.

    Remove the brush roll cover

    Remove the two screws that secure the brush roll cover. Lift the cover off and set it aside.

    Remove the brush roller cover screws.

    Remove the brush roller cover screws.

    Remove the brush roller cover.

    Remove the brush roller cover.

  3. 03.

    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.

    Remove the brush roll.

    Remove the brush roll.

  4. 04.

    Reinstall the brush roll cover

    Reinstall the brush roll cover, insert the screws, and tighten firmly.

  5. 05.

    Reinstall the power brush assembly cover

    Reinstall the power brush assembly, insert the screws, and tighten firmly.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

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