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5 Ways A Vacuum Cleaner Loses Its Suction

5 Ways A Vacuum Cleaner Loses Its Suction

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Ever noticed that your once-powerful vacuum cleaner becomes inefficient to suck up dirt and other debris? This may be caused by a loss in suction power that happens over time. Vacuum cleaners may lose their suction power in various ways if not checked and maintained. Without checking and maintaining our vacuum cleaners, it will never be as proficient as it was bought brand new. Listed below are a few possibilities on how our vacuum cleaner loses its suction power and solutions on how to regain it.

1. Clogging of The Filter

The filter may become clogged with dirt and dust over time. The filter is responsible for filtering any foreign objects and particles that may be of harm to the vacuum motor. Studies have found that a newly cleaned machine can lose its suction power within two weeks if its filters are not cleaned regularly after use. Some vacuum cleaner filters are washable and reusable. Just remember to dry it under the sun before installing back into the vacuum cleaner to prevent any foul odor especially if the filter is made of cloth.

If the cloth filter is not fully dried before installing, the accumulated dirt and dust particles while usage of the vacuum cleaner may harden on the filter with the remaining water moisture resulting in an unusable vacuum filter. This ‘unbreathable’ filter then ‘chokes’ the vacuum motor with the absence of airflow thus causes the temperature of the motor to rise and malfunction.

Solution: Give the filter a good wash and drying if it is washable. Replace it with a new one if it is not.

2. Blockage In The Hose

If removing filter dust accumulation is not enough to solve your vacuum cleaner’s reduced suction problem, it could be due to the airflow path becoming obstructed by a clog or an object that blocks it.

When a vacuum cleaner’s hose is partly blocked which restricts airflow, its suction power will also be hampered. If you notice that there are visible signs of blockage inside your vacuum hose then it must be immediately checked and cleared if necessary.

3. Breakage On The Hose

The hose may also be damaged by certain elements such as kinked hoses (which prevent air from moving through them), excessively stretched hoses that can pull on its fittings, and split hoses that have lost their sealing ability. It is important to note that anything that comes into direct contact with the hose e.g. sharp, pointed objects – even small items like pens and paper clips must never be allowed near the vacuum cleaner’s hose!  If you suspect that your vacuum cleaner has a problem with its hose, or if you suffer damage to it – replacing it would be the best thing to do.

If your vacuum cleaner’s hose suddenly develops a large hole causing a big vacuum leak it will cause a severe drop in performance. Although this is not always an easy fix sometimes it might require replacing the whole hose assembly depending on where exactly the break has occurred.

Solution: A temporary solution would be to use a masking tape to cover the crack/tear of the vacuum hose until your new hose replacement arrives.

4. A Loose Connection

There are several joints between elements on a vacuum cleaner that helps to ensure the proper flow of suction air. If any of these connections become loose due to overuse, there is a chance that the vacuum’s suction may drop or even stop completely. It is recommended to check your machine every so often and tighten all visible connections if needed – this will help maintain its lifetime as well as improve its performance.

Solution: Check if any of the accessories / parts attached has a loose connection and reconnect if necessary. Contact your respected seller / aftersales support service of the product you bought for a solution if it doesn’t solve the problem.

5. Faulty Vacuum Motor

And lastly, if any of these possibilities don’t seem to account for your vacuum’s loss of suction power – the problem could be a defective vacuum motor. The way that you can tell if this is the case with your machine is by using it – If the vacuum cleaner is generating loud noises when you turn it on, have lost its suction power, or is making strange noises this could mean that there’s something wrong with the motor. Replacing a faulty motor might be expensive and if it’s under warranty or still in its early years then get it repaired rather than buying a new vacuum cleaner. Get a professional vacuum cleaner with Upekkha that comes with 12 months warranty against manufacturing defects to get your asset protected always!


If your vacuum cleaner is not picking up dirt and debris as it should, you can try to troubleshoot the problem yourself. Before purchasing a new vacuum cleaner it’s best to take care of these problems first so you don’t spend more than what you need on maintaining your machine. With this information in mind, now would be the perfect time to check and maintain your vacuum cleaners before you have to purchase another!

Benjamin P.

Benjamin P.

A BMus performance arts graduate majoring in classical piano somehow ends up pressing on the wrong keyboard writing articles for you cleaning nerds instead of music enthusiasts.

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