Vacuum Motor Repair

Updated: Feb 19, 2024 2:50 PM

Table of Contents

Difficulty Medium
Steps 7
Time Required 20 minutes
Tools Needed Needle Nose Pliers, Screwdriver

Even great vacuum cleaners occasionally face motor issues.

Understanding how to diagnose and repair a vacuum motor extends the appliance’s lifespan.

However, before you dive into repairing your vacuum motor yourself, keep in mind that manufacturer warranties may cover it. Alternatively, if you’re subscribed to Akko insurance, they can repair it for you.

Signs Your Vacuum Motor Needs Repair

  • Loss of Suction Power: A noticeable decrease in suction power often points to motor or component issues.
  • Unusual Noises: Sounds like grinding or whirring can indicate motor problems that require immediate attention.
  • Overheating: Frequent overheating may signal a malfunctioning motor.

Vacuum Motor Replacement

For a detailed walkthrough on vacuum motor repair, watch the video below.

Let’s dive into the steps.

Pre-Repair Checklist

STEP 1 Take Safety Precautions

Always disconnect your vacuum from power sources before attempting repairs.

STEP 2 Gather the Necessary Tools and Materials

Prepare the appropriate tools and replacement parts before starting the repair.

You’ll need some basic tools like a screwdriver, some pliers, and a new motor or parts if the old one is badly broken.

Step-by-Step Guide to Vacuum Motor Repair

STEP 1 Open the Vacuum

Carefully remove the screws or clips that hold your vacuum together according to the model you have.

Remember where each screw goes so you can put them back later.

STEP 2 Locate the Motor

The motor is usually a big, round thing with wires connected to it. It might be hidden under other parts, so gently move them out of the way if you need to.

STEP 3 Check for Obvious Problems

Fixing a Vacuum Cleaner Motor

Look for things like broken parts, loose wires, or stuff that’s stuck in the motor. Sometimes, just removing debris or reconnecting a wire can fix the problem.

STEP 4 Test the Motor

If you can, carefully connect the motor to power and see if it works. If it doesn’t turn on, makes weird noises, or smells funny, it might be broken.

STEP 5 Replace or Fix Parts

If a part of the motor is broken, like a belt or a brush, you can usually replace just that part. If the whole motor is bad, you might need to get a new one.

STEP 6 Reassemble the Vacuum

Once you’ve fixed or replaced the motor, carefully reassemble everything.

Ensure the parts are secure and the screws are tight.

STEP 7 Test Your Vacuum

Plug it in and turn it on (but be ready to turn it off quickly if something’s not right).

If it works well, great job! If not, it’s time to take it to a repair shop.


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Understanding Vacuum Motors

  • Types of Vacuum Motors: Vacuums come with different motor types, each with specific mechanisms and potential issues. Knowing your vacuum’s motor type helps with effective troubleshooting.
  • How Vacuum Motors Work: A vacuum’s primary function is to create suction. It does this by spinning a fan to draw air into the machine, a fundamental concept in diagnosing motor issues.

Troubleshooting Common Vacuum Motor Problems

  • Blocked Airflow: Check and clear any blockages affecting motor performance.
  • Faulty Bearings: Identify and replace worn bearings.
  • Electrical Issues Address: Electrical problems impacting motor functionality. Check all wire connections, as a bad connection can often be the culprit.


Manage expectations around noise levels with our guide on how loud robot vacuums are. If you have wet carpets, avoid damaging your vacuum by learning how to dry wet carpet without a vacuum. Prevent electrical issues by understanding how many amps your vacuum uses. Ensure your robot vacuum can find its charger with our tips on how robot vacuums find their charger.

Maintenance Tips to Prolong Motor Life

  • Regular Cleaning: Maintain cleanliness to prevent motor issues.
  • Proper Usage and Storage: Use and store your vacuum correctly to minimize wear and tear.
  • When to Seek Professional Help: Recognize when a problem requires professional repair.

It Can Be Done

Vacuum motor repair can be a fulfilling DIY project.

With the right knowledge and tools, you can repair your vacuum motor confidently.

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