How to Fix a Vacuum Hose

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What You'll Need
Coat hanger
Electrical or duct tape

Vacuum cleaners are used almost as often as any other household appliance, and it is common for these appliances to need repairs. Often the part of the vacuum that needs repairing is the hose which can become plugged or can develop a crack or hole. When this happens, the vacuum loses suction and will require a repair before it is again functional. By following the 5 steps below you should be able to repair a vacuum hose and get it working again.

Step 1 – Check for Clogs

If a vacuum cleaner stops picking up dust or debris but you can hear the motor working, it is likely a problem with either the brush roller or the hose. To determine which is causing the problem, turn off the vacuum, turn it upside down so that you can see the brush roller at the vacuum's bottom.

Turn the vacuum on again. If the brush roller is turning, you'll know it is the hose that is the problem. Turn the vacuum off, and look into the hose entrance for an obstruction such as a piece of clothing, a toy, etc., that might be clogging the hose.

Step 2 - Remove the Clog

If you see an obstruction near the mouth of the hose, try to pull it out. If the obstruction is too far into the hose for you to dislodge it, use a wire coat hanger hook and try to pull the obstruction out of the hose. Should you still not be able to dislodge it, try using a broom handle or mop handle to loosen it.

Step 3 – Remove the Hose from the Vacuum

Should the obstruction be the cause of the problem and you are unable to dislodge it, remove the hose from the vacuum. The obstruction may resist coming loose because the hose is bent. With the hose removed you will be able to straighten it and push the obstruction out by inserting the broom handle into the hose at its top. Any obstruction, whether solid or just a collection of dirt and debris should come out of the hose. Reattach the hose and resume your vacuuming.

Step 4 – Locate your Hose Leak

The problem, however, may be a leak in the hose, rather than an obstruction or a defective brush roller. Examine the hose for cracks or punctures. You may have to bend the hose to see cracks that are not visible where the hose wall is not bent. Once you have found the hose leak, you can repair it by covering the hose by wrapping duct or electrical tape around it.

Step 5 – Repair your Hose Leak

The hose surface will be uneven, so you will need to put pressure on the tape to be sure it is adhering to the hose. If you find multiple cracks or holes in the hose, it may be because the hose has become brittle and may need to be replaced.