Central Vacuum Clog or Line-break

When your’re calling for service, its helpful to know if your system is clogged or if you have a broken line. Clogs are caused most commonly by picking up something larger than you should have. A break in the suction line is usually caused by work performed in the attic.

When you have a clog in the system, you usually still have good suction when you place your hand over the end of your cleaning hose. If you place your hand over the end of the hose and your system does not seem to build up suction, this usually indicates a break in one of the air return pipes.

If you suspect a clog, check all of your outlets in the house. A clog can cause some of the outlets not to work while others seem to work fine. A break in the line usually effects all of the outlets.

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trouble shooting guide or call for more information.

An Exhausting Problem

Most Central Vacuum owners don’t think much about where their central vacuum is exhausted. One of the primary benefits of owning a central vacuum system is that it should draw 100% of the dust and odor are removed from your living area. However do you want this exhausted into your garage?

A properly installed central vacuum should be exhausted to the exterior of your home. At the very least this exhaust should be diverted from your garage area into your attic space (make sure you have someone knowledgeable with central vacuum installation inspect your attic area prior to attempting to perform this on your own.

And, if you have a bagless central vacuum system, the above is all the more important due to an excessive amount of exhaust dust produced by these systems.

A Common Repair Problem

I’m often asked, “what is the easiest repair when your called out to service a central vacuum system?” This is really simple, and something a home owner should check for themselves before they set a service appointment. Its an open inlet cover. This occurs when a valve door breaks and sticks open, or when something gets caught in the opening, like a curtain or bed sheet.

The symptoms are low suction at all the other valve openings. Suction does not build. You may feel little to no air-flow. Typically it’s a valve that is used infrequently and may be out of the way. If you inspect all of your valves and you still have the same symptoms, you may have a broken pipe in the attic. I’ll cover this at a later date.

Before you call for service, visually inspect all of your outlets to make sure they are all securely closed. You may just avoid the cost of a service call.

Bernie Holmstock - Your Central Vacuum Guy