Vacuums receive a lot of wear and tear, especially if you have kids or pets. The Oreck XL vacuum cleaner has been touted as one of the best vacuum cleaners in the industry. It’s even beat the flashy Dyson with its high end technology on numerous consumer tests. However, even the best of vacuums, like cars or relationships, need regular maintenance and care.
The best thing you can do for your Oreck is give it regular maintenance. With regular cleaning and maintenance, the vacuum is less likely to die on you.
If your Oreck does quit working, there are several steps that you can take to see if it’s something you can fix yourself or if you need to take it to a shop. Of course, whether you can fix it yourself or not may depend on your skill level.
For instance, if you don’t know the difference between a Philips head and a flat head screwdriver, you might need to take it to a shop to even get the belt replaced.
However good you are fixing broken objects there are just somethings that can’t be fixed at home, like the motor. Please don’t attempt to fix something like burnt out motor by yourself unless you have the specialized tools and experience.
So before you take it into a shop, here are several things to check.
- Check the bag. If it’s full, it needs to be replaced. You can purchase replacement bags from a local store.
- Clean the roller. Sometimes lack of suction can be cause by small debris, like fuzz balls and string stuck in the brush. A simple cleaning may get your suction back up to speed.
- Change the belt. If you smell burnt rubber, chances our your belt has broken. Belts should be changed regularly as well. Oreck recommends that, with regular use, belts should be replaced every six months. Belts can also be purchased at a local specialized store
- Check blockages in the main pipe. If air isn’t getting through your vacuum, it will loose suction. Sometimes hairs can get wrapped around each other and collect the dust and dirt that is sucked up. A simple cleaning should clear it right up.
If you check these four things and your vacuum is still broken or not using its full potential, then it’s time to take your vacuum to an Oreck expert.
They know what can go wrong with your Oreck XL better than you do and it’s often cheaper to get your vacuum fixed that to purchase a new one. The Oreck XL is a vacuum that is worth investing in.