To replace the belt or the brush roll on a Hoover vacuum, unscrew the brush guard, and replace the old brush assembly and belt. Remove the power switch from the back panel, and slot a new one in its place. Take out the motor housing, and place the new cord using the old retainers. Before replacing parts on a Hoover vacuum, ensure that it is turned off and unplugged.
With a huge consumer base in America alone, Hoover stands as a leading vacuum brand globally. However, a Hoover vacuum can start malfunctioning or working poorly because of a damaged mechanical part that requires replacement.
This article walks you through steps on how to replace different Hoover vacuum parts. We explain different models of Hoover vacuums and their features (focusing on mechanical parts). There are some maintenance and cleaning tips for your Hoover vacuum at the end of this article.
- The belt, brush roll, power switch, fan impeller and agitator on a Hoover vacuum can be easily replaced.
- For all electrical components, including the battery, power cord, switch and motor, an electrician or technician should be contracted to complete the replacement.
- To fix any issues in a Hoover vacuum, inspect it for damage or blockages. Clean any dirty components, and replace the worn out, or damaged component.
Types Of Hoover Vacuums
This article covers most types of Hoover vacuums, including the more popular units that are the feature in each range. In particular, this article is relevant for the following Hoover vacuums:
Multi-Surface Upright Vacuums
Most Hoover vacuums are upright, with all the parts (brush, handle, dust bin, etc.) contained in one unit. The upright vacuums include:
- ONEPWR Evolve Pet Cordless Upright Vacuum
- High-Performance Swivel Upright Vacuum
- WindTunnel Air Steerable Upright Vacuum
- Complete Performance Advanced Bagged Upright Vacuum
- Elite Rewind Plus Upright Vacuum
- Powerdrive Pet Upright Vacuum
Hoover carpet cleaners use brushes and suction to deep clean carpets and similar rough surfaces. The tank in these models automatically mixes detergent and water in the optimal proportion for carpet cleaning and is a big bonus. Carpet Cleaner models include:
- Hoover Dual Spin Pet Carpet Cleaner
- SmartWash Automatic Carpet Cleaner
- CleanSlate Pet Carpet & Upholstery Spot Cleaner
- Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner
Hard Floor Cleaners
Hoover hard floor cleaners are designed for wood, laminate, vinyl, and tile floors. The mechanical parts and suction in these units are designed for cleaning of hard surfaces (rather than carpet or rugs). Models of Hoover hard floor cleaners include:
- FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner
- Steam Complete Pet
- PowerDash Pet Hard Floor Cleaner
Hoover cordless vacuums are portable, whole-house units, and include:
- ONEPWR Cordless Stick Vacuum
- ONEPWR Cordless High Performance Blower
- ONEPWR Compact Cordless Handheld Vacuum
How To Replace Hoover Vacuum Parts
In this section, we’ll explain each mechanical part of Hoover vacuums, their use, factors that can possibly damage them, and how to replace them.
Belt and Brushes
Hoover full-sized, upright and canister vacuums have a belt and vacuum brush.
The belt is one of the most integral parts of vacuum cleaners. When the belt moves, it rotates the brush bars that remove the dirt, making it easier for the vacuum to suck the maximum amount of contaminants from the floor.
Cracks or breaks, damaged bristles, stuck hair strands, and debris can all damage the brush roll and/or the belt. An impingement or obstruction in the brush or belt is usually characterized by the vacuum not efficiently picking up particles.
Cleaning the belt or brush does not necessarily solve the issue, and therefore, replacing these two components can become a necessity for the vacuum to function normally again.
The following steps explain how to change belts and brushes in Hoover vacuums. However, before you start, ensure that the cleaner is switched off and unplugged, the dust container is empty, filters are cleaned, and there are no clogs or debris blocking the hose, nozzle, or other parts of the system.
- Turn the cleaner over to access the brush guard.
- Remove the six retaining screws that secure the brush guard to the base.
- Take the brush guard and brush assembly out.
- Inspect the belt for wear.
- If the belt is damaged, remove it.
- Now take the new belt and loop it around the motor and the brush channel.
- To change the brush, stretch the belt until the brush can easily slide into the cleaner housing.
- Rotate the brush and check if the belt and the brush are rotating freely.
- Place the brush guard back and secure it by tightening the six screws.
The power switch on Hoovers, like all other appliances, is used to turn them on and off. Due to various problems, mainly related to the electrical supply, the switches can become defective.
Clearly, with a faulty switch, the vacuum cleaner cannot work properly. The only solution is to either replace the power switch, or the entire vacuum.
To change the power switch on Hoover vacuums:
- Pull the canister out of the vacuum.
- Remove the screw on the backside that holds the top part and detach the handle.
- Now unscrew the back panel and take it out.
- The back panel has a power switch.
- Locate the two wires connected to the switch and cut them out.
- Use a screwdriver to press down on the tab that secures the power switch.
- The button will automatically pop out once it’s loose.
- Now take the new button and loop the wiring into the hole in the back panel.
- Seat the button in the slot and press it down to secure it in place.
- Carefully crimp both the wires to the connector.
- Reassemble the vacuum, and you’re good to go.
We recommend making the wiring connection above the fuse to prevent secondary complications that may arise from a damaged fuse. To avoid accidents, it is always better to get an experienced electrician to replace the switch.
The power cord is a critical part of all Hoover vacuums (except for the cordless models) as it connects to the electrical supply. Electrical issues like short circuits and voltage fluctuation can damage the power cord.
In Hoover vacuums, the power cord attaches to the motor in the interior of the unit.
To replace the power cord:
- Disassemble the vacuum (unscrew the handle, back panel, bottom plate, etc.) to access the motor.
- Remove the brush roll and belt from the motor.
- Now loosen the two screws holding down the filter assembly and pull the filter housing out.
- Next, lay the vacuum down.
- Unscrew the motor housing.
- Now that the motor housing is not secured by any screws, gently pull it up and roll it aside to expose the power cord.
Remove The Old Power Cord
- Remember to not pull the housing off the motor as it is connected to a lot of wires.
- Unscrew the wire cap and separate the two wires connecting to the power cord.
- Now loosen the fasteners holding the cord retainer.
- Take out the retainer and the strain relief.
- The damaged power cord is now free.
- Pull the old cord out.
Install The New Cord and Reassemble
- Transfer the strain relief and cord retainer to the new cord.
- Install the new power cord by securing its two wires with the power cap.
- Place the retainer and strain relief back in position.
- Reassemble everything.
A great way to ensure correct installation is to take a picture of the old wire arrangement during disassembly and follow it when placing the new power cord.
However, since changing the power cord involves electrical wires, we advise getting an electrician to do it.
Hoover vacuums (WindTunnel series) have an agitator that rotates to force the dirt trapped in the carpet nap into the air, which is then picked by the suction.
Here’s how to replace it:
- Use a coin to open the lock.
- Remove the cover to expose the agitator.
- Take the agitator out.
- Re-fit a new agitator in its place.
- Place the cover and lock with the coin.
Hoover vacuums feature a Lithium-Ion battery. For safety reasons, these batteries can only be replaced by a service engineer. You can contact Hoover Customer Service Center whenever your unit requires a battery change.
However, you can easily dispose off the batteries following these steps:
- Discharge the batteries fully by running the vacuum until the battery is empty.
- Press the dust container release button.
- Remove the dust container.
- Loosen the six screws to open the unit.
- Carefully remove the motor housing and disconnect the connecting cables.
- Take the battery out of the housing.
The fan impeller is a disc shaped component present in all Hoover vacuums that creates the suction.
To replace the fan in Hoovers:
- Upend the cleaner and pull the bottom plate out.
- Access the motor housing and locate the fan impeller on its bottom side.
- Unscrew the fan impeller from the securing shaft.
- Remove the defective fan.
- Replace the new fan on the shaft.
- Screw it until secured in place.
- Place the bottom panel back.
Of course, the motor is the driving force behind a vacuum. It spins the fan and is essential for suction.
To replace a Hoover vacuum motor:
- Remove the dust cup, belt and brush.
- Upend the vacuum and detach the bottom section.
- Remove the retaining screws and carefully remove the connecting wires.
- Take the motor out.
- Place the new motor, attach the wires and secure it with retaining screws.
- Reassemble the unit.
Changing the vacuum motor is a complicated process that involves a lot of electrical wires, so it’s better to get a professional technician to do the task.
Frequently Asked Questions
How To Fix a Hoover Vacuum?
To fix any issues in a Hoover vacuum, inspect its power cord, filters, hose, nozzle, brush, belt, fan and motor for damage or blockages. Clean the dirty components, and replace the worn out, or damaged, old mechanical and electrical components. Ensure the Hoover is switched off and unplugged before troubleshooting.
Hoover vacuums are typical electrical appliances that may start acting up under various circumstances. Here are the most common issues that you may encounter with your malfunctioning Hoover vacuum, their causes, and easy fixes.
Hoover Vacuum Not Working
However, if your Hoover vacuum is not picking up or suctioning, it is likely due to one of the following problems:
The filters in Hoover vacuums prevent the collected dust and debris from accumulating inside the unit. If the filters are not cleaned regularly, they become saturated and fail to capture any more dust sucked into the unit.
This affects the vacuum’s suction power and, if left unchecked, can also eventually cause the machine to stop working.
Cleaning the filters thoroughly can easily fix the problem. However, if cleaning it does not restore suction, the filters should be replaced.
Clogging in the hose or nozzle can prevent the vacuum from working efficiently.
To clear clogs in the hose and nozzle of Hoover vacuums:
- Remove the hose from the cleaner.
- Inspect the hose socket from obstructions.
- Use a flexible rod to remove any clogs.
- To easily access and clean the nozzle, pen it at each side and lift the cover.
Worn Belt Or Brush Roll
The belt and brush roll work together to agitate the dust off the surface, enabling the suction to remove debris. If, for any reason, the belt and/or brush roll break, or stop rotating, it will severely impact the vacuum’s efficiency.
Refer to instructions given in the previous section to inspect and change the brush roll and belt.
Regular maintenance of the belt and cleaning the brush after every use can prevent the problem altogether.
Vacuum Won’t Turn On
If your Hoover vacuum is not turning on, here’s how you can fix it:
The first thing you should check for if the vacuum fails to turn on is its electrical connection. Ensure that the power cord is correctly plugged into a compatible electrical source. You may also want to check if the socket is working fine with other machines.
If the power cord is connected properly and other machines are not presenting operational problems when connected to the socket, your vacuum’s power cord is probably damaged.
Get a technician to inspect the power cord for damage and replace it if need be.
If you have recently changed the power cord, switch, or fuse of your Hoover vacuum and your unit is not turning on, the chances are that it is due to faulty wires.
Handling the wiring is complicated. Therefore, get a technician to look into the problem.
Is There a Fuse In My Hoover Vacuum?
Hoover vacuum cleaners have a 13 amp rated fuse located between the pins in the plug top. It protects the machine (and prevents accidents) in case of voltage fluctuations.