How to Replace a Vacuum Cleaner Beater Bar

What You'll Need
Screwdriver, wrench, pliers (depending on make and model of vacuum)
Wasterpaper basket
Replacement parts

If your vacuum is not quite working like it used to, you could have a problem with your beater bar. The good news is that replacing your beater bar is a fairly simple task. While all vacuums are a little different, you can use this guide to give you an idea how to replace a worn out beater bar.

Step 1: Power Down Your Vacuum

Before doing any work on your vacuum, make sure it is powered down and unplugged from the outlet.

Step 2: Locate Your Beater Bar

The beater bar is located on the underside of your vacuum head. Turn the vacuum over and look for it on the front edge.

Step 3: Remove the Beater Bar

Locate clips on either end of the vacuum head. Once you remove these clips, you can remove the drive belt and gently lift the beater bar out of the vacuum head.

Step 4: Examine the Beater Bar

Check the beater bar for obstructions, such as carpet threads or other objects that might cause it to operate poorly. Sometimes cleaning out the beater bar of these obstructions can fix your problem. If you have this issue, put the beater bar back in the vacuum and see if that took care of the problem before ordering and replacing the beater bar or any of its parts.

Step 5: Disassemble the Beater Bar

Remove the cap and flange on the end of the beater bar and pull out the brush.

Step 6: Examine Beater Bar Parts

Look over all of the parts and determine which need to be replaced. If the brush appears worn, it will need to be replaced. Any broken cap or flange should also be replaced. Also, if the beater bar case looks worn, replace it as well. If entire beater bar and all of its parts look to be in pretty bad shape, consider just replacing the whole bar.

Step 7: Look for Parts

Using the make and model number of your vacuum, go to the manufacturer's website and search for replacement parts.

As you can see, replacing your beater bar is not a complicated task. By performing the task yourself, you can save yourself the cost of hiring a repair technician to repair it for you.