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How Often to Replace Your Vacuum

If your vacuum cleaner is losing suction, it may be time for a new one. This guide breaks down the signs that it may be time for a new appliance.
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Getting Started

Vacuum cleaners are essential household appliances that make cleaning easier and more efficient. They suck up dirt and dust particles, leaving your floors and carpet spotless. However, like all machines, they have a lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced after years of use. If you're wondering how often to replace your vacuum, here are some signs to look out for to tell if your vacuum isn't working as well as it once did and if it's time for a new vacuum cleaner.

Loss of Suction

The suction power of your vacuum is one of the most important features. It's what enables the vacuum to pick up dirt, dust and other debris from your floors and carpets. If you notice that your vacuum isn't picking up as much as it once did, it could be because of a loss of suction. The other possibilities are that the filter or hose is clogged, a belt is worn out or the motor is damaged. When considering how often to replace your vacuum, loss of suction is one of the first things you might notice, and also one of the biggest reasons to get a new vacuum cleaner.

Strange Noises

If your vacuum is louder than usual or making other strange noises, this is a telltale sign that it might be time for a new vacuum cleaner. The most common noises you might hear are rattling, whistling or grinding sounds. Some common causes of these noises include loose parts, worn-out belts, clogged hoses or a damaged motor. If your vacuum is making a high-pitched whistling noise, it could indicate a clogged hose that needs to be cleaned or a dirty or clogged filter. If you hear a grinding noise while using your vacuum, this could be a sign that the motor isn't working correctly. In these cases, your best option might be to replace your vacuum. Carpet cleaners come in a variety of different styles ranging from uprights to portable spot cleaners, and even smaller handheld carpet cleaners, all of which are capable of cleaning and disinfecting furniture, drapes and rugs.


If your vacuum is overheating, it's a sign the motor is working too hard to pick up the dirt and debris you're trying to clean. Overheating can be caused in several different ways, and it's important to diagnose the problem before you try to fix it. A few problems that could be causing your vacuum to overheat include a clogged filter, a damaged motor or blockage in the hose. If you experience overheating, be sure to turn your vacuum off right away and let it cool down before trying to figure out what the issue is. If the problem persists, this is a sign you need to replace your vacuum.

Burning Smell or Odors

Are you starting to notice a burning smell or other bad odors coming from your vacuum when you use it? If you notice a musty odor, this could be due to a moldy filter or a blockage in the hose. A burning smell is cause for concern and could be due to an issue with the motor or a severely clogged or dirty filter. If you notice a foul odor coming from your vacuum, this could indicate that your vacuum is not effectively removing the dirt and debris you're trying to pick up.

Age and Usage

Another couple of factors to consider when wondering how often to replace your vacuum is how old it is and how often you use it. If you frequently use your vacuum and have had it for five or more years, it might be time for an upgrade. If you don't use it very often, you'll probably be able to keep it longer than someone who vacuums frequently. When it comes to flexibility, corded vacuums do not compare with cordless stick vacuums.
When asking yourself how often to replace your vacuum, there are many factors to consider. Most vacuum cleaners have a lifespan of around five to ten years, which is a pretty wide timeframe. Knowing how often to replace your vacuum largely depends on the above factors. If you're ready to buy a new vacuum, you're in the right place. Our team at Abt can help you find the right model and brand to fit your needs. Stop in the store or call 800-860-3577 to speak with an Abt team member. Of course, if you'd prefer to do your own research you can head over to our Learn Center to read our vacuum cleaner buying guide.

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