Their ability to reach any part of your house might make it more practical, but if you stop taking care of your cordless vacuum cleaner, the troubles you’ll run into will be much the same as with a regular vacuum.
Most of the steps you need to take when ensuring your cleaner is in top notch form are straightforward and easy, so investing those extra few minutes every once in a while can help you save money on costly repairs.
The best thing you can do regularly is to make sure that none of its parts are obstructed. Make it a habit to check the brush roll after every use and remove any hairs or debris that have stuck to it. If you notice that it doesn’t roll as smoothly as it used to, take the roll apart, clean and oil its ball bearings.
Checking the belt that holds the roll in place is the next step. Compare it to a fresh one and if you see that yours is frayed or bent out of shape, replace it. If you use your vacuum regularly the belt should be replaced at least once a year.
After a while, your vacuum’s filters will clog up, making it less effective. Take the filters out and remove any accumulated dust. If the filter can be washed, do so. If you notice that the vacuum isn’t sucking the dirt up as vigorously as before, take a look inside the hose and remove any obstructions you find.
It might sound banal, but you should empty the cleaner’s tank after every cleaning. This way you won’t have to empty it mid cleaning and will be able to concentrate on disposing the dirt, minimising the subsequent mess.
Since Cordless vacuum cleaners are battery powered, their running time starts to diminish after prolonged use since the battery simply can’t hold as much energy as it used to. If you notice that the battery is taking longer to charge than usual and that your vacuuming time has been significantly shortened, you might want to replace it.
You can save battery life by vacuuming smarter as well. Instead of going fast and sucking up as much dirt as possible in a short amount of time, gradually go over your surfaces and give the motor some breathing room. The more you strain it, the faster your battery will be depleted. This can mean the difference between completing all of your cleaning tasks or having to recharge mid-way.
Finally, if you notice that the vacuum is behaving strangely but can’t pinpoint exactly what’s wrong, you should take it to a certified repair shop and have a professional take a look.
That nondescript noise might be nothing, but it might also indicate that something in your vacuum’s internal workings isn’t quite right, so it is better not to leave things like that to chance and have to pay for it later on.