You do not need a repair shop to replace a good vacuum belt. Most upright vacuum cleaners contain a flexible rubber belt that connects the rotating carpet brush in the cleaning head to the engine. The dusty, dirty situations in which the belt works ultimately lead to wear and tear on the belt, which severely deteriorates the performance of the vacuum. If the engine is running, but the carpet brush roller is continually turning off or does not move at all, it is time for a new belt. On most upright vacuum models, replacing a brush-roller drive belt is a simple task.
Write down the company name and model of your vacuum. If you do not have a spare belt, go to a hardware store. Buy a new belt to fit into your machine. Check the packaging to make sure the belt matches your brand and model. Many belts are similar but maybe too long, too short, or have the wrong width for your vacuum.
Disconnect the vacuum cleaner and turn it over so that the bottom plate of the carpet cleaning head is visible. On some uprights, the carpet cleaning head is detached from the body of the vacuum to replace the belt. Clamps, screws or knobs, depending on the make and model, hold the bottom plate. Loosen the fastening with a screwdriver or with your fingers. Uplift the base plate to expose the brush roller and the drive belt. With some models, you also need to detach and remove the top cover of the cleaning head to gain access to the belt. Cut any threads, pet hair, or other substances that are near the brush roller. Note how the old belt connects the drive shaft of the motor to the drive roller on the brush roller.
Remove the worn or broken belt by sliding it off the drive shaft of the motor and the brush roller of the brush roller. Slide one end of the bought new belt over the drive roller of the brush roller. On some models, the drive roller is in the middle of the brush roller, and you have to lift the brush roller to get to the drive roller. Pry the other end of the belt over the drive spindle of the motor with a flat screwdriver. Sometimes you can use your fingers to install the belt on the drive spindle. On some models, you first pass the belt over the motor drive shaft and then over the drive roller of the brush roller. Turn the brush roller by hand to check the belt tension and to ensure that the brush roller functions correctly. Replace the bottom plate.
Things that you need
- Flat screwdriver
- Replacement belt
- Old vacuum drive belts extend over time, so the new belt may seem too small. If it is the right belt for your brand and model, it will fit, but it may take some curiosity and stretching to attract it.