Vacuum repair guides

Follow the step-by-step instructions in our vacuum repair guides to replace parts such as belts and motors and get your vacuum cleaning again.

Follow the troubleshooting tips and DIY repair advice to solve common vacuum cleaner problems, and search your model number to find replacement parts for major brands such as Kenmore, Hoover, Bissel and Dyson.

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Repair guides for canister vacuums

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
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

Symptoms common to all vacuum cleaners

Choose a symptom to see related vacuum cleaner repairs.

Main causes: weak suction motor, vacuum bag is full, clog in suction air path, dirty exhaust filter, leaky vacuum hose
Main causes: lack of power, bad power cord, drive motor failure, wiring failure
Main causes: damaged vacuum hose, clogged motor air filter, bad suction motor
Main causes: broken drive belt, damaged brush roll, tripped brush roll motor overload, bad brush roll motor, wiring failure

Articles and videos common to all vacuum cleaners

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your vacuum.

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How to use a multimeter to test electrical parts video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to use a multimeter to check for wiring problems in an appliance that's not working

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By Sears PartsDirect staff

See what things you should do before beginning a DIY appliance repair project.

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By Sears PartsDirect staff

Come see which tools made our top 10 must-haves for DIY appliance repair.