Repair or Replace Vacuum Cleaner?

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Has your vacuum cleaner stopped working suddenly, or maybe just doesn’t have the suction power it once did? In many cases, it’s not necessary to purchase a new vacuum and the vacuum cleaner can be repaired. Unfortunately, your vacuum cleaner won’t last forever and will need to be replaced at some point.

Superior Vacuums has a well-trained staff who can help guide you towards the right decision and today we want to share some of that knowledge with you. We have been serving Calgary for over 30 years and are experts when it comes to Vacuum Repair. In this article, we will cover the most common issues that could cause your vacuum cleaner to stop working. We will also offer some basic vacuum repair tips for those who prefer to DIY. 

When to repair a vacuum?

If your vacuum cleaner is not operating like it once was, don’t consider tossing it just yet. It’s worth troubleshooting to determine if the vacuum can be repaired instead of replaced. Superior Vacuum has been repairing vacuums in Calgary for more than 30 years. We have experience working on most vacuum makes and models and are quite familiar with common issues. Problems with your vacuum cleaner are generally related to the following:
  • Plugged filters or airways
  • Overheated or burned out motors
  • Stretched drive belt
  • Worn roller brushes


Prefer to DIY? We sell vacuum parts for most vacuum models and are always willing to offer free insight and advice. If you have pets, it is recommended to service your vacuum once a year; pet hair is a common cause of broken vacuums. If your vacuum cleaner has stopped working, try some of these common fixes to repair it:
  • See if the hoses are clogged. This is the best-case scenario and a quick fix to unclog the vacuum hose. It is common for larger items or even pet hair to get stuck in the hose.
  • Inspect the vacuum filter. If the filter is clogged, airflow will be restricted and will reduce the suction power of your vacuum. If the filter looks full, either clean or replace.
  • Check the drive belt. Vacuum drive belts can become stretched, fall off its track, or even dry rot over time. Replacing a drive belt is a fairly simple task. If you want to DIY, we stock a large selection of drive belts and can special order if needed.


If your vacuum cleaner has lost suction power, it may just need a deep clean. Give everything a good scrubbing and it could bring back the full performance of your vacuum cleaner. Feel free to contact us if you're looking for a specific part or looking for advice on which part will repair your vacuum.
If you’re not up to DIY, or just don’t have the time to service or repair, give us a call. Superior Vacuums has trained vacuum repair specialists ready to offer professional vacuum repair or servicing. We also offer on-site service calls of central vacuums at your home or business. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-282-0340 for more information. Our full vacuum cleaner service includes:
  • Inspecting electrical connections, roller brush bearings, and the drive belt
  • Replacing worn or broken seals
  • Polishing the motor shaft
  • Cleaning the vacuum housing, base plate and bag dock


When to replace a vacuum?

Unfortunately, a vacuum cleaner won’t last forever. According to Consumer Reports, the median lifespan of a vacuum cleaner is 8 years. While it is always possible to repair or replace any part of a vacuum, it may not be worth the cost and sometimes it makes more sense to purchase a new vacuum.
If your vacuum cleaner is over 10 years old, it makes sense to replace for the convenience alone. Vacuum cleaners have advanced considerably in the past few years. These days, vacuums are now more powerful while being both quieter and lighter. There are also new options available like robotic vacuums, these have come down in price considerably and can make vacuuming a hands-off experience. Lightweight stick vacuums are now viable options as they have the suction power to tackle most messes.
Wondering what type of vacuum cleaner is right for you? There are many options available, including central vacuum systems, canister vacuums, upright and stick vacuums. Each type of vacuum will suit different needs, and each has its positives and negatives. Sometimes it’s worth having a main vacuum for the weekly cleaning session, plus a handheld vacuum for quick pick-ups. Check out our blog if you're deciding between an upright or canister vacuum.
As always, don’t hesitate to contact us via phone and visit our North or South Calgary locations for expert advice.


  • Emily

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  • Dean Phillips

    My friend who invited me over for dinner last Sunday had told me that he was experiencing some problems with his centralized vacuum system. Ever since, he has been looking into central vacuum system repair services and had asked me to help him in his search. That’s where is stumbled on your brilliant post here which I must say is very informative. I really liked where you mentioned that it is better to get it repaired when it concerns plugged filters or airways. You raise a good point here, one I’m sure those like my friend who are interested in hiring these kind of services will be glad to keep in mind. Thanks for this! I’ll be sure to pass this onto him in a bit!

  • Hannah J Parrish

    My mom has a vacuum that she bought years ago, and she wants to fix it. It will be hard to find the parts needed, so it’s better if we buy her a new one.
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