Vacuum cleaners don’t last forever. In fact, vacuum cleaners give you several tell tale signs when it comes to them  “needing to be replaced”. You can deep clean a vacuum all you want, but at some point, you have to admit that it’s time to sit it on the curb and spring for a new one. So what are these tell tale signs? How many years does a vacuum “typically” last? We look into this and more, in our latest blog!

How long do vacuum cleaners last?

According to Consumer Reports, vacuum cleaners last a median of eight years. Depending on brand and use, this could be vastly longer or much shorter. Do you have pets? This could decrease the lifespan. Live alone with no pets? This could extend the life. Our advice? If you can spend more now, you will not regret doing so in the future. If you spend less to “save money”, you may very well regret that decision.

Is it time to replace your vacuum?

If your vacuum cleaner isn’t picking up dirt like it should, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that it’s time for a new one. Loss of suction though, doesn’t mean that it is time to spend hundreds of dollars on a new unit! Even if you fall under the category mentioned above of heavy use and lots of pets, there is a chance that some basic trouble shooting could extend the life of your vacuum. Replacement parts or fixing a clog can be inexpensive fixes that could allow you more time before you need to upgrade to a new unit. 

If you spend time attempting to unclog your vacuum, or checking to see if a part need to be replaced, and your vacuum ends up needing to be upgraded completely, it will be a few hours at most, and will be time well spent. Here’s a quick list of things to check before putting your vacuum on the curb for the garbage man to dispose of:

  • Make sure the hoses aren’t clogged. This is fairly common and can be an easy fix.
  • Clean or replace the filter. A clogged filter will restrict air flow, and that could very well be your entire problem. 
  • Did you know that your vacuum cleaner needs to be cleaned occasionally? If your filter is REALLY bad, there is a good chance you need to call Erv’s and schedule a deep clean of your vacuum. 
  • Check the drive belt. These belts can come off track, stretch out or dry rot will cause your unit to not work. This is a simple and inexpensive fix, and this part is something we can order for you at Erv’s! 

If none of these help your vacuum clean better, it may be time to upgrade. While this might be “NOT so good news” on the surface, depending on when you last purchased a vacuum, this could be a blessing in disguise! Vacuum cleaners, like most other technology devices, have changed a LOT in the last few years. 

So if it is time to replace your vacuum, come in to Erv’s and let us be your cleaning consultants! Whether it be a stick vacuum, robot vacuum or whole house unit, we can help get you the right model that will be the perfect tool for you and your needs! It is what we do!!! Our day is complete when we are able to help our customers get the right model for them. Nothing brings a bigger smile to our faces here art Erv’s Vac Shop!