The benefits of a central vacuum system are numerous and ease and efficiency are at the top of the list, but occasionally central vacuum systems can become clogged. While central vacuum systems are much more powerful than portable vacuum cleaners and don’t often get clogged, clogs do occasionally occur in the pipes, vacuum head or hoses.  If this happens to you – here are a few tips to help you to unclog your system and get it up and running efficiently again. Keep in mind that while you may be able to tackle simple troubleshooting tactics and unclog a simple clog in your system, you should contact a central vacuum system professional for any extensive clogs or repairs.

Find the Location of the ClogMy Central Vacuum System is Clogged – Now What

Before you can begin “unclogging” you must locate the general location of the clog. The best way to do this is to identify the outlet that has the least amount of suction. If there is only a lack of suction in one outlet, this most likely means that your clog is in or around that outlet. If there is a lack of suction in all of the outlets then the clog is most likely in the hose or near the canister.

Check the Vacuum Hose

If you suspect that the clog may be in the hose, you can perform a simple check by unplugging the hose and dropping a marble into the hose to see if it passes through. If it does not pass through, there is a clog in the hose.  You can attempt to clear the hose by using a stiff wire like that of a wire coat hanger with a slight hook at the end. Insert the wire and try to twist it into the clog to pull it out. However, you must be careful not to damage the hose while doing this.

Check the Vacuum Head

It is possible that a clog may occur in the head of the vacuum.  Inspect each vacuum head and any wands. Disconnect the wands and look through them and into the neck of the vacuum. If the clog is in the vacuum head or wands you can most likely just pull or push it out.

Unclogging through an Outlet

If you have determined that the clog is in a specific outlet, you may use a portable vacuum to attempt to remove the clog. recommends trying this method. Turn off your central vacuum system and insert the portable vacuum cleaner hose to the inlet valve as tightly as possible and turn it on. It is possible that the portable vacuum cleaner will suck the clog out.  You can also turn the portable vacuum cleaner on and off a few times, which may help to work the clog loose.

If you find that none of these simple tactics are effective and your central vacuum system is still not functioning properly, it is time to call a professional. Priced Rite Central Vacuum Repair will fully inspect your entire system and determine the location of the clog as well as identify any other issues that may need attention or repair. Our specialists will provide you with a complete quote for all necessary services. Call Priced Rite Central Vacuum at 516-286-0042 for experienced and high quality central vacuum services.