Change filters every three months
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Photo 1: Find the filters
Depending on the model, a bagless vacuum has two or three filters in various locations that need to be replaced or washed every three months.
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Photo 2: Replace or clean
Use gentle water pressure from a
sprayer or faucet to clean both sides
of the filter.
Our vacuum cleaner expert has a repair shop that’s brimming
with bagless vacuums, and most
of them are there for the same reason:
filthy clogged air filters and air passages.
The repair? Ten minutes of a repairman’s time and a large bill.
It’s critical to replace the filters on
bagless vacuums every three months.
That’s because instead of having a big
paper bag filtering out the dust and
hair, bagless units rely on relatively
small filters, which get clogged fast.
Clean air filters are critical for air
movement on bagless models; even a
modestly dirty filter can cut a vacuum
cleaner’s suction in half.
The tricky part is knowing exactly
where the filters are located (Photo 1).
Some bagless vacuums have two or
more filters that need to be washed or
replaced (depending on the model)
every three months to keep the vacuum
in tiptop condition. If you have a
washable filter, you can use gentle
water pressure from the kitchen
sprayer or outside spray nozzle on
your hose to clean both sides. To prevent
mold or mildew, let the filter dry
thoroughly before reusing it.
You can find replacement filters for
most models at hardware stores, home
centers and vacuum repair shops. For
hard-to-find filters, go to the Web site
of your vacuum cleaner’s manufacturer
to get a list of locations.