A broken or worn-out vacuum belt can render your vacuum inoperable.
Fortunately, it’s quick and easy to replace a vacuum belt. Rather than take your vacuum into a repair shop for expensive repairs, consider replacing the belt yourself.
Here’s the step-by-step method for how to replace a vacuum belt.
Diagnose the Problem
Just because your vacuum isn’t working doesn’t mean that the problem is a broken vacuum belt.
There are dozens of other problems that can cause similar issues, so it’s important to inspect your vacuum and diagnose the exact cause of the problem.
The number one sign of a broken vacuum belt – or a worn-out belt that will probably break soon – is sounding louder than normal or emitting a burning smell.
Take a look at the underside of the vacuum where the belt connects to the main roller. Spin the roller around with your fingers to feed the vacuum belt through.If the vacuum belt is broken, you’ll notice immediately. Chances are that it won’t spin or will be flopping around.
Another way to check for a broken vacuum belt is to turn the vacuum on when it’s turned upside down (watch out for your fingers!). If the roller doesn’t spin, the belt is almost always the issue.
Remove the Old Belt
Now, that you’ve identified the problem, it’s time to remove the old belt.
The exact method of doing this is slightly different for each brand and model, so make sure to check your vacuum user’s manual for the manufacturer’s specific instructions.
Take a minute or two to clean the inside of the vacuum where the belt was as this can often become filled with hair from pets or people, and other debris. If you keep pets make sure to have a vacuum designed for pet hair. We have a list of the best vacuums for pet hair 2021 here.
Install the New Belt
Install the new belt by sliding one end onto the vacuum roller and the other end onto the motor shaft.
You can ensure that the new belt is installed correctly by rolling the roller in your fingers to move the belt throughout the vacuum.
All that’s left is to reinstall the bottom plate and then give your vacuum a test run.