How to replace the vacuum cleaner belt
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Photo 1: Open the cleaner head
inside of this
carpet cleaner head
by first unplugging
the vacuum, then
taking out the
screws and lifting
off the cover. Other
heads may snap on
and off. Cut off any
around the brush's
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Photo 2: Replace the belt
Remove the broken
drive belt and study
how the belt connects
the motor shaft with the brush's
drum. Some models require you
to pull out the brush to attach a
new belt (our model didn't).
Install a new drive belt by first
threading it around the drum.
Using a large straight-slot
screwdriver, pry the other end
of the belt around the motor
shaft's roller. Spin the drum by
hand to check the tension, then
reinstall the cover plate.
Replacing broken or stretched
drive belts is one of the most
frequent repairs for canister vacuums.
Inside the motorized carpet-cleaning
head, a rubber drive belt
connects a small motor to a
spinning brush that beats the
carpet pile and loosens dirt to be
sucked up into the machine.
Jot down your vacuum’s brand
and model, and buy a replacement
belt at either a fully stocked
hardware store or a vacuum
cleaner service center (search online or look in the
Yellow Pages under “Vacuum
Cleaners, Service & Repair”). A
belt costs about $4; buy several so
you have spares. Then, take about
30 minutes to repair it yourself.
Unplug the vacuum cleaner and
follow the steps shown in Photos 1
and 2. Once the new belt is on,
ensure that it’s properly installed
and centered on both drums by
turning the motor shaft by hand. If
the belt is properly sized and
installed, it’ll spin the brush.