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Access the Motor in a Canister Vacuum

Canister vacuums are gaining ground in the vacuum marketplace due to their ease of use and lower cost of ownership. Unlike uprights, the canister models are of a simpler design with fewer replaceable moving parts. The long wand and flexible hose offers more cleaning versatility over other vacuum cleaning designs. You can easily clean objects over your head like draperies and ceiling fans in addition to multiple surfaces like carpet and hard floors.  

When a canister vacuum requires maintenance or repair, one of the most pondered questions is: how do I access the motor in a canister vacuum? Problems that can be easily detected and fixed are clogged hoses and wands, and replacing the brush roller in the canister vacuum's power head. Not easily identifiable are problems such as a burning smell or intermittent power failures of the machine. In order to diagnose these problems, accessing the motor is necessary. 

The entire canister of the vacuum assembly houses the motor, vacuum cleaner bag, filter, power switch, and even a retractable cord assembly in some models. The motor is housed in the front, followed by the filter, and then the bag behind it. The switch is mounted on top just above the motor and below the cover. Each canister vacuum model is different and accessing the motor may or may not require tools to get the job done. 

Before getting down to the specifics of motors, first unplug your vacuum cleaner to avoid injury such as electric shock. Next, detach the hoses. The filter and bag are the next things to be removed and they are easily accessed by pressing in some plastic tabs or untwisting a simple lock on the back cover. What is left unexposed is the motor and it typically has a screwed-in cover encasing it for protection. 

Using a screwdriver, carefully remove the screws holding the canister motor cover on.  Usually, the power switch assembly is exposed first. This assembly is sometimes mounted onto the motor cover plate itself with screws. Remove these screws and set aside the switch assembly to expose the motor cover plate. Again, screws are likely holding this cover plate in place, so they must be removed as well. Now the canister vacuum motor is exposed.

Once the motor can be seen, inspect it for broken wires, loose connections or even worn insulation. Sometimes, dirt and dust accumulates inside the motor causing problems. Using a can of compressed air; blow out the dust and use a small soft brush to clean the area. Your problem with the function of your vacuum will determine what maintenance and repair work will need to be done. 

To reassemble the canister vacuum motor, simply reverse the order of your disassembly. To make this job easier, you should have set aside the screws in the order they were removed. Once you have replaced the screws and reassembled the cover, put the filter, bag, and hose back on. Plug in the vacuum and test out your handiwork. With luck, it will be almost as good as new.

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