Central vacuum systems have many advantages. One huge advantage is their longevity which is only extended by the ability to easily replace the motor in almost any central vacuum, including the popular Beam central vacuum. On our website, we have absolutely everything you need to replace the motor in almost any central vacuum system. (Some NuTones and AirVacs do not allow you to change their motor.)
- First, we have our motor finder, which is exhaustive. You can use this tool to locate the correct motor for your exact central vacuum brand and model #.
- Next, we have a great DIY article outlining step by step instructions for replacing a central vacuum motor
- Finally, we have a short video of how to replace a motor in a Beam central vacuum. Because all central vacuum systems are so similar, we demonstrated on a Beam, but the procedure is almost identical in any central vacuum system.
If you still need some assistance, just call one of our experts at 1-800-221-8227. At Central Vacuum Stores we have been installing and servicing central vacuum systems in our local market since the early 1980's, so we can talk you through just about any central vacuum installation or repair. Our experts are all highly trained often have been involved in the installation end of the business themselves.
Is Replacing A Central Vacuum Motor Worth It?
It's possible, the question you should be asking isn't, "How do I replace my central vacuum motor?" It's, "Should I replace my central vacuum motor?"
Central Vacuum Stores has built a legacy upon helping the DIY customer accomplish their goals, and we're here to do that with your central vacuum motor replacement. But, the truth is, we often speak with customers and the scenario simply leads us to recommend they replace their power unit instead of their motor. Here are a few key questions you need to ask yourself before diving into a central vacuum motor repair...
1) Are you ready to get dirty?
There should be no misconception about the task of changing a central vacuum motor. While, yes, it is absolutely a DIY project, it takes time, energy, and a willingness to get dirty. Accessing and removing a central vacuum motor requires getting into some really dirty areas of your unit. Worse still, the fact that you're changing the motor says that the unit is old. Some of the dirt, debris, and overall build-up is going to be substantial. It's a relatively simple and yet incredibly gross job.
2) Is a warranty important to you?
If you're replacing your central vacuum motor, odds are your warranty - if you had one - has already expired. So it's important to ask yourself just how much time, money, and energy you're willing to put into a power unit that is no longer under any kind of coverage. Will you be changing this motor only to have something else break next month?
3) Are you ready for more upgraded features?
Central vacuum systems have come a long way over the years. For example, new Electrolux models feature an LED screen and an internal computer system that monitors the power unit's efficiency. Perhaps most notable in the world of central vacuum cleaners is the addition of True Cyclonic Filtration. True Cyclonic changed the game because of its near-perfect performance. No loss of suction and zero exhausted particles (when installed properly to the exterior.) If your current unit is bagged or filtered, you want to spend time researching this new filtration technology.
4) Is efficiency important?
Thanks to greater importance being placed on energy efficiency and green initiatives, new central vacuum power units can save you money and help you be environmentally conscious. Most new models will run better while using less electricity than your dated unit. Less electricity use = more money in your pocket.
5) Do you want more suction?
While updating your central vacuum motor may give fresh power to your dated unit, ultimately it has its limits. If the suction level of your existing unit is lacking or if you're one of the many who think, "the more power the better," a new central vacuum power unit is the solution.
6) Do the numbers really make sense?
Replacing your central vacuum motor is a DIY project, so you may feel like it's a "free" option. However, many customers are surprised to learn the expense of a new motor. New central vacuum motors cost between $100 - $300. Often changing your motor requires changing the filter or carbon brush, adding an additional $100. You could be looking at spending $400 on your old, dated central vacuum! In this case, the choice is really a no-brainer. Take, for example, this Imperium CV260: It features a three-year warranty, 540 Air Watts, at an incredibly efficient 10.1 Amps. All this for around $300! You really need to run the numbers before installing a new motor. The math usually doesn't work.
7) What's the condition of the rest of your system?
When I asked our support team what was the #1 reason people opted to replace their central vacuum power unit instead of the motor, they said it was the added expense of updating tools and accessories. Almost always, if the motor has gone bad, the floor tools and cleaning accessories are equally dated. When a customer begins to add up the costs of also replacing the carpet powerhead, hose, or accessory kit, it almost ALWAYS makes sense to simply buy a new central vacuum kit. Buying as a kit saves you money, and can be significantly less money than buying a replacement motor and mix-matched tools.
Over our many years of business, Roger has been very involved in training the experts at Central
Vacuum Stores, but you won't get any tech support from Roger for the next few days. Our youngest son Micah headed back to military college, to finish his last year of school, and Roger drove back with him. Our oldest son, Nathan lives in Charlotte, our son, Thomas, lives in Nashville, and Sunday is our grandson, Justin's birthday...so... they all met up in the Blue Ridge area of Georgia for a little R&R. The area looks beautiful. (Avenair Mountain Rentals, if you are interested in a nice vacation spot.)