Your grandmother may well have expected her old canister vacuum cleaner – made of durable steel parts – to last for 20 to 25 years or more. That’s no longer the case. Advances in technology mean today’s vacuums are constructed with plastic parts and built-in obsolescence.
Cheaper models may last for only 18 months to three years, while more expensive, top of the line vacuum cleaners come with warranties of five to seven years or more.
With proper care and maintenance, a good average-priced vacuum cleaner today – whether an upright or canister type – can be expected to last for five to 10 years, while a high quality central vacuum system may provide regular service for 12 to 15 years or more.
You can improve the efficiency of your vacuum cleaner by keeping it clean and having regular maintenance. Inspect belts and replace those that show signs of wear. Don’t pull your vacuum cleaner around by the rubber hose; rubber can absorb salt off your hands, causing the hose to dry out and crack. Don’t pull the electrical plug from the socket by pulling on the cord, as doing so can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the cord, leading to fraying or breakage.
When using your vacuum cleaner, avoid suctioning small metal objects such as coins, paper clips, safety pins or screws; they can become entangled in the hoses and cause damage to the motor.
For 23 years, Kanata Vacuum and Sewing Centre has been Kanata’s best choice for the purchase and service of vacuum cleaners and sewing machines. They sell a broad range of makes and models of vacuum cleaners and replacement parts and are located in the Castledean Mall, at 471 Hazeldean Road. Call them at: 613-831-2326 or 613-831-7397 or visit them on the web at: http://www.kanatavacsew.ca.