With each new year comes a lot of brand new vacuums. Over the past few months, we have noticed that Electrolux models have been flying off the shelves and into the hands of unsuspecting loved ones. If you gifted an Electrolux (or any vacuum for that matter) this Christmas, point them to our blog post that gives a solid foundation to preventative maintenance and troubleshooting.

Electrolux Canister and Upright Vacuums

Electrolux Bag ChangeTo start of, we're going to talk about the care and maintenance of Electrolux canisters. Most models we sell on our site are bagged, but a couple do happen to be bagless. Common to both is the need to be regularly serviced. With bagged models, Electrolux recommends you change the Electrolux S Bag once a month. With bagless models, you should empty out the dust cup when its two-thirds full. If you own lots of pets, have a large home, or vacuum very often, you should be doing this more frequently. As an Electrolux owner, you should evaluate your vacuuming routine and make an educated decision as to whether or not you need to perform this type of maintenance more often. To aide owners in deciding, some bagged models, like the new Electrolux UltraSilencer DeepClean EL7063B, come equipped with a bag change indicator, and the bagless models feature a transparent dust cup that allows you to monitor dirt intake as you vacuum. But be warned, if you find yourself picking up fine particulate matter like dust or plaster,  you should expect the bag indicator to give you a "false positive" because the pores are being clogged by atypical debris. Nonetheless, because filtration is being reduced, you should replace the bag even though its not completely full.

ELectrolux-washable-filterAll Electrolux canisters and upright models are fitted with a pleated HEPA filter that captures 99.97% of dust and debris down to 0.3 microns in size. If this filter is not properly maintained, air flow will be obstructed and you will experience a loss of suction. Other side effects include a noisy motor and/or overheating of the vacuum. To avoid these complications, you should clean your Electrolux exhaust HEPA filter every eight weeks if the filter is washable, and replace every six months if your Electrolux exhaust HEPA filter is not washable. To make things to easy for you, Electrolux color codes their filters. A blue frame means that your filter is washable, and a green frame means that it's not. If you have a washable filter, rinse it under lukewarm tap water and be sure to let it air dry for 24 hours before putting it back in the machine.  Electrolux vacuums are not designed to operate with damp filters nor can it handle cleaning wet surfaces. For a step by step guide on how to change Electrolux filters, check out our image-based blog post.

Electrolux Stick Vacuums

Electrolux Brushroll Clean TechnologyIf you own an Electrolux stick vacuum, you luck out on not having to buy bags, but you still need to empty out the dust cup after each use. With a smaller 0.5 quart capacity, the "two-thirds rule" does not apply. Moreover, it's also recommended that you periodically rinse out the dust cup under warm water for a more thorough clean. The filter assembly is not washable and should be placed every six months. As with the canisters and uprights, an excessively dirty filter leads to motor noise, loss of suction, and overheating. To dislodge debris that has a tendency to stick to the fine inner filter, tug on the Electrolux pull/release spring five or six times. Unique to Electrolux stick vacuums is brushroll clean technology that removes tangles from the brushroll with a tap of your foot. You should do this after each use, especially if you've picked up some hefty particles!

General Maintenance

Electrolux Barefloor Nozzle CleanGeneral maintenance for any vacuum you own includes cleaning the brushroll and checking for blockages in the wand or hose. A blockage of any kind obstructs the airflow, decreases suction, and could lead to belt breakage or motor failure. So flip over your power nozzle and check out those bristles. If you notice some tangled hair, take a pair of scissors and cut it out. If you think you've got a dust bunny trapped in your hose, try massaging it with your hands, and hopefully you can coax that pesky piece of debris out. Pick up a small LED headlight at your local Home Depot and shine a light inside that wand. If you notice something stuck in your bare floor Electrolux crushproof hose brush, Electrolux recommends holding the hose handle to the backside of the nozzle and letting the suction power work its magic. If the wheels are stiff, remove the wheel cap and use a dry cloth to remove dirt and dander. Last but not least, you may want to give the outside of your Electrolux vacuum a good wipe down with a dry cloth every once and awhile. You can have your nifty new vacuum for years, and still have it look brand new!

No appliance, whether it be a vacuum, air purifier, or dehumidifier, can thrive without a little maintenance. So get yourself in a routine. Download a scheduling app and pick a good time and day to give your Electrolux vacuum some TLC. Your vacuum and wallet will thank you!

As always,  are trained vacuum specialists offer free technical support seven days a week to help you with any issue you may be experiencing no matter how big or small. So don't hesitate to give us a ring at 1-866-972-8227!