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Snap! Avoid Vacuum Cleaner Belt Breakages

Jul 29, 2008
Snap! There goes another one. To avoid this from happening, I will go over a few tips that will help prevent belt breakage from occurring. Whether your vacuum cleaner is an upright or a canister with an electric power head, it most likely has a belt. Belts are simply bands of rubber made a specific size to work with specific machines. There are many different sizes for the thousands of vacuum cleaners that exist in households today.

A first aspect that should be checked when trying to correct vacuum cleaner belts breakage is incorrect fitting. Due to the many different varieties it is easy to install the wrong belt on your vacuum cleaner. An incorrect belt on a vacuum could either instantly break or be very loose; a loosely fitting belt prevents the brush roll from rotating correctly. For these reasons it is essential you have the correct belt for your vacuum cleaner.

It is crucially important that you are correctly using the proper belt for your vacuum cleaner. To identify which belt will fit your machine first check your vacuum cleaner to see if there is a number or style written on the vacuum. If the style or number cannot be found on the machine then check the belt that came with the machine. If you are still having trouble locating the belt number or style, check your instruction manual.

When installing a belt you need to make sure you install it properly otherwise a problem can occur. For most machines the belt goes over the motor spindle and then over the brush roll. There should be a lot of tension in the belt when installing it and it maybe difficult getting the brush roll into the proper slots because there is so much tension. This tension is normal and is necessary to make the brush roll spin thousands of times a minute.

A frequently asked question asked pertaining to belt breakage is, what is the reason for belt breakage? What factors could lead to the breakage of vacuum cleaner belts on a regular basis? Unfortunately correct installation of belt does not grant you invulnerability from belt breakage. Belt breakage can be caused by a variety of factors such as repeated vacuum use, which causes the belt to wear down over time. An additional thing that causes belt breakage is snagging your machine on a carpet, blanket or even the machines own cord. Snagging on various items causes the belt to overheat and break. Problems with snagging causing belt breakage do not occur on a machine with gear driven electric overload. For this reason you should heavily consider purchasing a machine with gear driven electric overload.

After correctly installing your belt a few things should be kept in mind to avoid belt breakage. When vacuuming it is very important to prevent snagging by not running over items such as the rugs, blankets, towels, sheets, or even the machines own cord. Remember that snagging puts you at a tremendous danger of breaking your machines belt. An additional tip to remember is to maintenance you vacuum cleaner by consistently having your belt changed every 6 months to prevent ineffective carpet cleaning. It is crucial to keep up on changing your belt as over time the belt naturally wears down and becomes looser due to repeated use. When a machine belt becomes looser, it cannot longer function properly as it loses the ability to rotate the brush roll at an appropriate amount of rotations per minute. An old belt will cause a vacuum cleaner to function at a level that is far from best, so be sure to consistently keep up on changing your belt.

When looking for a particular belt for you vacuum cleaner the amount of choices may be overwhelming. There is a tremendous amount of belts available ranging from flat belts, round belts and cogged belts. Round belts are mostly found on older vacuum cleaners that have a fan system. Cogged belts are found on vacuums that have a feature called 'electronic overload.' 'Electronic overload' is when a machine shuts down entirely when there is a snag, and the user has the ability to simply turn the machine on and off or reset the machine in order to start vacuuming again with a non-broken belt. Cogged belts are the best, as they break the least often due to their rsistance to snagging, and are found on vacuum cleaners such as Miele, Simplicity, Dyson, and Sebo. Another great feature of a cogged belt system is that because of its design you do not have to buy a belt every 6 months. A tremendous saver of annoyance this feature should be seriously considered when going out to buy your subsequent vacuum cleaner.

Buying a vacuum cleaner that is built to strongly resist belt breakage and following the easy steps above, will prevent you from being one of the many people with vacuum cleaner belt breakage problems. The reasons and causes for belt breakage are easily avoidable and following these simple tips may help prevent the amount a belt breakage that occurs on your vacuum cleaner.
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To purchase a vacuum cleaner that does not Require belt changes and has the electronic overload defense stated in this article visit our selection of Miele vacuum cleaners.
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