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Are you the proud owner of a brand new SEBO vacuum? If so, read on below to learn how to prolong the life of your new best friend!

Founded in 1981, SEBO is a major manufacturer of top-of-the-line canisters and uprights that are sold across 20 countries from the United States to Australia. If you are lucky enough to own a SEBO vacuum, you are guaranteed a life span of at least 15 years thanks to the hard work of German engineers. Nonetheless, learning some basic maintenance tips and tricks wouldn't hurt the longevity of your vacuum. In fact, it may lengthen the total life expectancy upwards of 20 years!

SEBO Uprights

SEBO Filter Bag ChangeTo start things off, we're going to talk about SEBO's uprights and how you can use its many indicator lights to your advantage. For one, all SEBO uprights come equipped with a bag change indicator light. The SEBO Felix series puts this indicator on the bag housing lid near the handle assembly and hose. When the .92 gallon SEBO Felix Filter Bag is full, the orange indicator light will illuminate.  In similar taste, the SEBO Automatic X series and SEBO Essential G Series puts this indicator on the face of the cleaner head, while the SEBO Electronic 370 places this indicator by the power switch. When this indicator shines its light, you should promptly shut off your vacuum and replace the bag. Be sure to keep this feature on the brain every time you vacuum and try to avoid vacuuming up fine dust particles that can clog up the pores and cause the bag indicator to read you a "false positive." Not only does this waste your hard-earned money, but it also reduces suction power because filtration has been decreased. 

SEBO Felix Exhaust Filter with TextileWhen it comes to SEBO, the bag change indicator and the filter change indicator go hand-in-hand. If you have an excessively dirty microfilter, the indicator light will illuminate on either the cleaner head or the body of the vacuum. A good rule of thumb is to change your filters after 20 bags have been used. Get out a pen and paper or open up the notepad app on your iPhone and write/type down the dates that you changed your bags. Keeping track of both bag and filter maintenance prevents overheating and loss of suction. Stock up now by checking out all the SEBO vacuum filters we have for sale!

Unique to the SEBO, every upright comes equipped with a brushroll obstruction light that illuminates on the power head when the cleaner has something stuck in it. Moreover, the same system responsible for operating this light also stops the brushroll from spinning to prevent motor burnout or belt breakage. This takes the guesswork out of the "Uh oh, was that piece of debris too big for my vacuum?" In similar taste, the clog light, which also acts as the bag change and filter change indicator, lets you know if your airflow pathway has been obstructed. Most vacuums leave it up to you to check for an obstruction in your hose or wand, leaving maintenance susceptible to human error. With the SEBO, technology supersedes the mind by getting it right 100% of the time.

SEBO Canisters

Now that we've talked about the uprights, let's take some time to chat about SEBO's canister vacuums. All SEBO vacuums come equipped with a bag change indicator that doubles as a filter change and clog indicator light. The SEBO AIRBELT D series has this light directly under the circular power button found in the middle of the canister. The SEBO AIRBELT K series also has this light on the face of the canister, but it's to the side of where the upholstery nozzle is stored. For the most part, you should be able to trust these lights to tell you when you need to perform maintenance on your SEBO vacuum. There are however, a few cases where you may get an incorrect reading. For example, the indicator light may illuminate while the vacuum is running on a lower suction setting, so take care only to read the light when your suction control is at its max.

SEBO ET-1 PowerheadIn similar taste, almost all SEBO canisters come equipped with a brushroll obstruction light that can be found on the face of the SEBO ET-1 or SEBO ET-2 Power Nozzle. When it detects an obstruction, the amber light will illuminate, and the vacuum will shut down within 30 seconds to prevent motor burnout and belt breakage. The four SEBO canisters that do not have a brushroll obstruction light include the SEBO AIRBELT D1, SEBO Airbelt D4, SEBO AIRBELT K2 Turbo canister, and the SEBO AIRBELT K2 Kombi canister. This is because they have non-electric cleaner heads like the SEBO Kombi Floor Nozzle and the SEBO Air-Driven Turbo Brush,
so be very attentive to your motors noise while cleaning and watch what you pick up!

General Maintenance

SEBO brushrollUnfortunately, indicator lights can't solve all your problems. Sometimes you just have to remember to do some things on your own. For example, there is no indicator light that stops you from stepping on your power cord or running over it. While we may do this by accident from time to time, we shouldn't make it a habit as it cuts off the electrical supply, and over time the cord can become frayed, cut, or might just break altogether. Following the same trajectory of thinking, the brushroll obstruction light will tell you if something is actively blocking the air flow, but the indicator will not tell you how much hair or debris is wrapped around the brushroll. With that said, you should probably make a note to yourself to clean the brushroll once every few weeks. This is easy given that no tools are required. To learn more on how to clean your SEBO brushroll, check out our image-based blog post.

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