Should You Fix or Replace Your Broken Vacuum?
If your vacuum cleaner has stopped functioning correctly, you may be wondering whether it can be fixed or if it’s time for a new one. Sometimes the problem is easy to repair, but it’s difficult for the average consumer to diagnose the situation.
“Step one is to take the non-working vacuum in for a free estimate,” explained Ron Vohs, owner of Best Vac in St. Charles. “An experienced vacuum technician can evaluate the unit and advise you whether it can be fixed or if it needs to be replaced.”
Sadly, many vacuum cleaners end up in landfills because of minor issues like broken belts or clogs. It’s definitely worth a trip to a vacuum dealer to diagnose the problem.
“One thing we ask our customers is whether their living area has changed since they’ve owned their current vacuum,” added Vohs. “If the customer has changed their flooring or moved since first purchasing the vacuum, it may be time for an evaluation to see if they’re still using the correct product for their environment.”
According to Vohs, the average life of a vacuum cleaner is 8 years, but that can vary greatly. “The vacuums we sell last, on average, twice that long,” he said. “However, many big box vacuums and online models only last for about two years.”
The disturbing situation is when consumers purchase a new vacuum from a store that doesn’t specialize in them, and they end up having to purchase a new vacuum every two years. The owners at Best Vac encourage consumers to purchase a better unit to start with, one that they’ll use and enjoy for many years to come.
“Sometimes repairing a vacuum doesn’t make sense,” said Vohs. “If the repair exceeds 50% of a new equivalent machine, replacing it is a better option. We encourage our customers to trade in their old units so we can recycle them.” For more information, please contact:
2015 Dean St., Unit 3
St. Charles, IL 60174