How to Replace a Vacuum Power Cord the Correct & Safe Way


The power cord gets put through a lot on a regular basis. It’s the victim of being tugged too hard and ripped from the socket when we run out of cord, knocked against walls, and dragged along floors. The fact is this part of the vacuum cleaner can become damaged very easily. 

Lucky for you, we know exactly what to do and are here to take you through it step by step.

How to Replace a Vacuum Power Cord

Put away the phonebook and close Google, there’s no need for you to hire a professional for this job. No, replacing a vacuum power cord is something that you can easily do yourself, and it will only take a maximum of 30 minutes to do. Save yourself some cash, use our DIY guide.

What You Will Need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Electrical tape
  • New wires

1 Step One

Unplug the vacuum cleaner from the mains and leave it to cool down for a few minutes if you have just finished using it. This will prevent any potential electric shocks.

2 Step Two

Now, you will need to access the motor wires on your vacuum cleaner. These need to be completely detached from the motor before you can replace them for safety purposes, but also to ensure that you do the job correctly. 

How you access the motor wires will depend on the model of vacuum cleaner that you use, but for all of them there will be some disassembly required. As an example, if you are using an upright vacuum cleaner you will normally need to remove the floorplate and belt to access the wires.

3 Step Three

While unassembling the vacuum cleaner, make sure you check the fasteners and housings that surround the power cord. If you need to remove things like the rollers and belt, make sure you do this carefully and make a note of where everything goes for when you put it back together.

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As the process is different for every vacuum cleaner, make sure you read the user manual or research the layout of your vacuum cleaner first. That way, you know where everything is and how to access the motor wires efficiently.

4 Step Four

Once you have found and accessed the motor wires, you must first carefully inspect the way in which they are attached to the motor. At this point, it’s sensible to snap a photograph or draw a detailed diagram of the wire arrangement – we recommend the photo thought. 

You also need to consider the different styles of wire available, and the fact that your news ones might be slightly different from the old ones. If this is the case, make a note of the ways they differ so that you don’t forget later.

5 Step Five

You will find that the wires are held by retaining pieces and nuts, and these will need to be removed when you are taking out the old wires. However, they will also need to be installed on the new wires, so you must remember where they go and put them back when you are finished.

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Generally speaking, the retainers and nuts are all the same in terms of appearance, so it doesn’t usually matter if they go on a different wire when you are installing new ones. However, if you are concerned you can make a note of where each one is supposed to be. A pair of pliers is the easiest way to remove the old retainers.

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6 Step Six

Now that all of the old wires have been removed, you can now install the new ones. Think of this part as reversing the process of the previous step – so, you’re installing the last wire you removed first and the first wire you removed last. 

Once you have installed the new wires, you will need to reconnect it with the motor wire so that it is functional again. To do this, twist exposed wiring of your new cable tightly and then do the same to the motor wire. When this is done, twist them together to create a secure connection.

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7 Step Seven

Make sure you place the nut bacon top of the new connection between the main wiring and the motor wire. Once this is done, place some black electrical tape over it to keep it secure – which is likely the way it would have come packaged in the first place.

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8 Step Eight

Now, you can put everything back together. Put the lid for the wires down carefully, making sure that none of them gets caught in the process. 

This tends to be the most time-consuming part of the process, and for good reason. It is essential that you are careful during this part as you don’t want to put things back in the wrong place. If you do get stuck, there are loads of great assembly instructions online that you can seek out to make life a little easier.

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Is It Safe to Replace a Vacuum Power Cord?

Yes, it is completely safe to replace a vacuum power cord. Just make sure that everything is switched off and unplugged before you start, and that you also ensure the new cord is installed safely and that you take your time with it. It’s all about patience with this vacuum DIY repair.

How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Vacuum Power Cord?

If you want to get your power cord replaced by a professional, you are looking at an easy £40 for the part and a minimum of £50 for labour. This is far more expensive than just picking up the parts yourself and getting it done in your own time.

Is It Worth Repairing My Vacuum Cleaner?

Yes, it is worth repairing your vacuum cleaner. You can get an easy 8-10 years out of a vacuum so giving it an extra lease on life when things like this happen is great for your vacuum as well as your wallet.

Can I Replace the Plug on My Vacuum Power Cord?

Yes, you can replace the plug for your vacuum power cord. It’s actually a very simple process. 

All you need to do is cut the old plug off, open the new one, wire it accordingly (it’s very simple and there are clear instructions online), close the new plug, and you’re done. 

A lot of the time if a plug is not working it is just the fuse, so always check that first.

Final Thoughts

Replacing the power cord for your vacuum cleaner is not as terrifying as it first appears. The process is simple, and you’ll have your vacuum cleaner back in full working condition in no time at all. You just need a little patience and to carefully follow our guide. 

We’d love to hear how you got on with replacing your vacuum power cord – whether you found it easy or tricky, as well as whether or not you managed to do it. We love hearing from you, so leave us a message in the comment section below. Protection Status