You should regularly empty canisters, replace bags and clean or replace filters on your vacuum, but after months or years of regular use, your machine may require some repair work. If you’re losing suction or your beater bar isn’t moving, you might want to have it checked out. Your main goal is to protect the motor from burning out and needing to get a brand new machine.
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “An older generation vacuum cleaner can still be a great vacuum cleaner. One member, for example, had a broken vacuum cleaner and took it to the vacuum shop because it was making a smoking smell and found out it was a $1.50 repair and a 5-minute job.”