Tips for Maintaining Your Central Vacuum System

March 31, 2015

A central vacuum system is an amazing way to get your house clean; it is fast, it is efficient, and it is powerful! That explains why they’re being used more and more across homes in America, and why they are being installed in existing homes from coast to coast. Yet this also means that the maintenance and care issues that central vacuum systems face are becoming all-the-more commonplace. Understanding how to care for your own central vacuum system is key to ensuring your system works at peak efficiency – not to mention avoiding costly repair charges should you fail to care for your system appropriately. Fortunately, it isn’t too difficult to keep an eye on your central vacuum system; here are just a few useful tips for keeping things running in tip-top shape.


When you decide to purchase a central vacuum system you will want to have a product you trust as well as technicians that will be able to get the job done well the first time. You may purchase central vac systems and install them on your own but it does require a lot of skill, patience, and knowledge – knowing how to install or reinstall drywall is also a major advantage. If you are not sure it is best to invest in having a technician come and install the system. It will save you time and many, many headaches.

Regular Maintenance and Cleaning

Central vacuum systems do not require a lot of maintenance after they have been installed. Like many vacuum systems, a central vacuum system must be regularly emptied of all of the dirt that has gathered in its dirt canister; if your system uses a filter bag, that too must be replaced. Generally speaking, you should only have to do this between two and four times a year, depending on your system and, to be honest, how much help your home needs to stay clean! If you are cleaning it less than this, your system may not be picking up everything it should; if you are cleaning it more than this, that is cause for concern. It may be that your filter needs to be changed more than this, however, or that your dirt bag must be replaced before it is actually full; check with your manufacturer to find out the optimal conditions for maintaining these elements of your vacuum system.


By overusing your system we mean clogging it with excessive debris or with debris that cannot fit in the outlets. Do not try to clean up liquid messes or large pieces of garbage with your central vacuum system. This could clog the system and force you to pay maintenance to come in and fix your system. This can be costly and time-consuming.

Beyond the Usual

Being a larger, more complex system than your typical vacuum cleaner, there may be some machinery that it would behoove you to care for and maintain. Specifically, the electric motor make occasionally need you to lubricate it (regular oil changes are needed for even your car, after all). You’ll also want to keep an eye out for any sticky or highly moist substances in the tubing of your vacuum system; this can create clogs that can prevent the system from functioning optimally. You should be able to clean these obstructions out easily enough; indeed, all of this maintenance is easy and simple to accomplish! You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to maintain a vacuum system over the years and decades to come!

Now that you know how to properly care for your central vac system you will be able to make an educated decision about your possible investment and find the perfect system for you and your family. There are now hundreds of products on the market and each one should be thoughtfully considered before purchase. If you have questions about investing in a central vacuum system or the one that is already in place in your home, contact manufacturers and they will be able to give you the best advice.