Our vacuum cleaners are one of the most heavily abused appliances we have, and while they were made to withstand a lot of what we throw at them, there comes a time when even they have had enough.
The endless stretching and dragging can become too much for even the hardiest model, and that’s how you end up with a leaky hose that reduces suction power.
The good news? Well, you don’t have to throw the hose away or even buy a replacement. We can take you through the steps you need to follow to replace your broken or split hose and get your vacuum cleaner back to working order.
- How to Fix Your Broken or Split Vacuum Cleaner
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How to Fix Your Broken or Split Vacuum Cleaner
Are you ready to get started? Before we embark on our vacuum cleaner repair journey, you need to be prepared so that you can make the repairs quickly. Here’s a quick glance at the tools you will need to get the work done before you proceed.
What You Will Need:
- Long broom handle
- Utility knife
- Double-sided tape or non-PVC glue
- Duct tape
- Talcum powder
1 Step One: Find the leak
Before doing anything, the first thing you have to do is assess the damage of your vacuum cleaner hose. The presence of a leak is quite easy to spot as it affects the efficiency of your machine in terms of suction power.
Knowing exactly where the leak is will help determine your next steps. The easiest way to find the leak is by switching the vacuum on and moving your hand up and down the hose two determine where the air is coming out.
For non-electric hoses, you can also fill them with water from the sink and mark where the water is coming out.
2 Step Two: Cut if off
If the split or leak happens to be very close to one end of the tube, fixing it is pretty easy. All you have to do is remove the plastic connector attached to the tube then cut off the tube just right above the leak using a utility knife.
Simply secure the plastic connector back into the tube using double-sided tape or a non-PVC glue and then reattach it to your vacuum cleaner.
Unfortunately, there are certain vacuum cleaner models whose plastic connectors are designed to be permanently fitted to the machines. If these connectors cannot be removed, it is impossible to do a repair using this method.
3 Step Three: Gather the necessary materials
Now, if the leak happens to be somewhere in the middle of the tube, the repair process you have to follow will be slightly longer and a little trickier to carry out.
However, the steps below should make it a much simpler process to follow.
First, you will have to gather the necessary materials to get the job done. Among the things that you will likely need there is a broom with a long handle that fits through the tube, as well as a utility knife, duct tape, and some talcum powder.
This process will be a little messier as it is likely that the hose and vacuum cleaner itself will still have dust and debris inside them. If you suffer from allergies and asthma, this is the point where you should slide gloves and a mask on so that you can protect yourself.
4 Step Four: Prepare the affected area
Before putting the patch on, clean out the leaking area with dish soap and warm water to remove any grease or dust.
It is important that the hose is detached from the machine at this point so as to avoid any liquid getting into the vacuum cleaner.
If you have a model where the hose cannot be detached, clean the leaking areas with disinfectant wipes.
5 Step Five: Seal the area
Once the affected area has been cleaned and is completely dry, you can finally go ahead with the repairs.
First, you will need to spread talcum powder into the affected area using the broom handle. Slide the handle inside the tube until you are able to see the talcum powder through the crack.
Next, you can already cover the leak with duct tape, making sure that the entire area is well covered. Of course, this then leaves you with the issue of having sticky tape on the inside of the tube – perfect for attracting unwanted debris.
To avoid potential clogs in the future that might be caused by this stickiness, we have the perfect solution. Simply spread talcum powder on the floor and let your vacuum cleaner suck it up. Not only does this coat the tape, but it also helps you determine if the leak is sealed.
How Does a Vacuum Hose Split?
Vacuum hoses split because they are overworked and not cared for correctly. It is really easy to damage your hose by causing it to overstretch or dragging it over areas that have potentially sharp materials that can cause it to tear.
Similarly, pets that chew or attack the hose can easily cause damage.
How to Stop My Dog from Chewing the Vacuum Hose?
The easiest way to stop your dog from chewing the hose is to put it away after use. However, you can also take the time to train them not to chew it by shouting a harsh “NO” every time they go to bite it.
There is also bitter-tasting paste you can buy from pet stores and spread on the hose that will deter them.
Can I Use PVC Glue on the Hose?
You should not use PVC glue on your vacuum cleaner hose. Some solutions for fixing vacuums that are leaking from the end of the hose is to use PVC glue.
This works on older vacuum cleaners that are over ten years old, but not newer ones.
This is because the older models use PVC hoses that are compatible with the glue, but modern models have hoses made from polyethene which will not work with the glue. Instead, you will need to find a non-PVC glue for it to work effectively, or use some double-sided tape.
How Long Does a Vacuum Hose Repair Last?
A vacuum hose repair can easily last a few months before you need to replace the tape. With regards to the talcum powder, it’s a good idea to have your vacuum suck that up on a weekly basis to ensure the tape remains non-stick on the inside.
How Much is a New Vacuum Cleaner Hose?
The price of a vacuum cleaner hose can vary between £10 and over £30, depending on the brand and where you buy your replacement hose from. Either way, they make a great option if repairs aren’t working for you or you would rather just buy a new hose.
Patching the leak isn’t going to last forever – that’s just part of the unfortunate truth. It’s a temporary fix, and while you can just keep replacing the tape there will come a time when you get fed up with it or the tears become worse.
While quick fixes are better than throwing money at a new hose, when the time comes it’s important to search for a good deal. Failing that, you could always pick up a new and updated vacuum cleaner to get the job done.
We hope that our quick fix for a split vacuum cleaner hose has been useful to you, and if you tried it out we would love to hear about the results. Drop us a comment below and let us know how your repair journey went.
Gemma Tyler is a freelance journalist with 15 years of experience writing for consumer publications. She has tested and reviewed a wide range of household items from vacuum cleaners to washing machines and dehumidifiers to steam irons. Her attention to detail and exhaustive testing certainly makes her an expert in her field.