Dyson has carved out its own little space within the niche of quality vacuums, with the Dyson name now being used by many as a broad term for stick vacuums in general. Because of this, practically every property, whether it be homes, apartments, or even office buildings, has or will have a Dyson vacuum at one point or another. Naturally, this means that there is a large need for repair and maintenance options, and this can be a quite costly endeavour for what is touted as a reasonably priced vacuum brand. So, as time has gone on, a large market of vacuum owners has arisen in search of DIY and affordable fixes for some of the quirks that can come up with Dyson vacuums over time.
All this goes to say that, if you’re someone who has had a mysterious issue inhibit you from using your Dyson vacuum effectively, you’re by no means alone. That’s why, today, we’re going to take a look at a few of the common problems that arise with Dyson vacuums, and what you can do to avoid needing to buy an entire new unit.
What Causes a Dyson Vacuum to Break Down or Malfunction?
Before we can offer solutions, we first need to be mindful of our understanding of what causes these issues in the first place. Luckily, these tend to break down into three major areas:
Dyson Battery Issues
As with any rechargeable equipment, problems with the battery can have an enormous impact on your vacuum’s ability to hold and maintain power. This can lead to your Dyson being completely unusable, and it can also make it very hard to determine what the underlying issue is if you don’t know what to look for.
Dyson Vacuum Filter Issues
Generally speaking, when dust gets into a system, it’s synonymous with a wide range of issues. Unfortunately for Dyson vacuums, their entire purpose is to get as much dust in them as possible, and even with their high-quality designs, this can still lead to major problems that need to be addressed when dust gets trapped within the filter. Dust accumulation gets more difficult to deal with over time, and can even make other issues worse when left unaddressed.
Dyson Vacuum Blockage Problems
Blockages are going to be a problem with any vacuum, to the point that many of Dyson’s products have an auto-shutoff feature for when a major blockage occurs. However, knowing where the blockage is, how to get it out, or even that it’s there in the first place can be quite difficult, especially if you aren’t aware of why an issue may be arising.
These are the main issues. Naturally, if your vacuum has experienced some kind of breakage, such as being crushed or cracked, you’re going to have a hard time repairing that on your own, but they’re also going to be more obvious problems. The three above are issues that can be fixed, and they’re the ones that are most often overlooked in the process of diagnosing Dyson vacuum faults.
How to Fix These Common Dyson Vacuum Issues
Now that we understand what the problems are, we can look at solving them. Below, we will go through the most practical, affordable ways to deal with the above Dyson problems, and will offer direction in terms of purchases where necessary. That way, even if a new component needs to be bought, you will be equipped to handle it.
Get Your Dyson Battery Replaced
If your Dyson just isn’t turning on no matter what you do, and you know there are no blockages, chances are you’ll need to take a look inside and see what is going on electrically. In other words, the problem is most likely to do with the power source, and that means getting a Dyson replacement battery installed. Dyson’s standard stick vacuum batteries are only really considered to have a fully functioning lifespan of approximately three years. So, while it may seem like a massive issue that you need to swap the battery over, the truth is it’s a pretty common problem, and that means there are a lot of services available to help you with it.
Clean Out Your Dyson Filter
Dysons aren’t magic, and eventually, you’re likely to see a lot of build-up of dirt and dust that can be causing problems in the filter. They can impede the flow of air, meaning that suction is negatively impacted as a result. Luckily, a filter can be run under a tap to clean it, so while it can be a little tricky to get the dusty filter out, cleaning it is a breeze. If you’re using your vacuum a lot, we would suggest washing out your filter every 1-2 months in the interest of keeping it in full working order. You can also buy replacement pre-filters from Dyson for as little as $19 if you’ve vacuumed something that doesn’t allow the filter to be fully cleaned.
De-Clog Your Dyson Vacuum
As gross as it can be, vacuuming means picking up everything, and whether it’s one large object or a buildup of smaller things, blockages can occur. One of the main types of blockages that many people encounter is hair clogging up the brush bar and making it unable to spin. Luckily, the mechanism can be removed by turning the lock on the side of the brush bar and removing it, which will allow you to untangle the hair and debris, though it may take some time.
When doing this, also check the electrical points where different parts of your Dyson connect, as these can get clogged and impede the steady flow of electricity throughout the system. Look for discolouration, and feel free to clean these points with a Q-tip doused in alcohol.
Dyson care might not be the most exciting thing in the world, but it’s part of keeping these fantastic machines at their peak performance. If your vacuum isn’t working as well as it used to, you don’t have to just settle for degradation, and a little effort can go a long way in extending the life of your Dyson for years to come.