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Replacing the Valve Seal on a Hoover Vacuum
Hoover makes steam vacuums of all shapes and sizes with varying features and attachments for home and professional cleaning. The valve seal on the water tank will need to be changed periodically, like all replaceable parts on appliances, for the best possible performance. The valve seal is not meant to last for the life of the Hoover steam cleaner as it will wear out from use. This is the only protection keeping the water in the tank and off of your floor. Valve seals typically become dried out after a year or two, but more heavily used machines will need a replacement more often.
Periodically check the integrity of the tank; it is recommended to do so before each use. Fill the tank half way and set it on top of something such as a sink or an old dish drying rack. Check for leaks and small drips and be sure to let the tank sit for at least fifteen minutes. This is to let the weight of the water push on any failing seals and allow you to find them as it is possible to miss these leaks if the tank is checked quickly. After checking for leaks and breaks in the seal you may move onto replacing the seal if it so needs to be changed.
The following is a general set of instructions for the removal and replacement of the valve seal on Hoover steam vacuums and while most of the instructions will apply to most Hoover models, subtle differences in designs may require you to augment the instructions to suit your needs.
If desired, you can opt to use some Aquaseal to seal in the valve; this will help older machines to keep their airtight seal longer. It is important to note that Aquaseal is very messy and permanent; it does not lend itself to easy removal, you must be absolutely sure you want to use it. Once it is dry it is next to impossible to remove.
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