How to Replace Your Vacuum Brushroll

We’ve all been in this frustrating situation: You vacuum over and over a part of your floor, and the vacuum is visibly failing to pick anything up. You then turn the vacuum on its side, only to discover the brushroll isn’t spinning at all.

Luckily, it is easier to resolve this issue with a screwdriver and a part from Parts Warehouse than it is to replace your entire vacuum cleaner.

A common vacuum brushroll

A common vacuum brushroll–this one is for a Bissell vacuum.

If your brushroll isn’t spinning, then follow these steps to resolve the issue.

Step 1: Remove the Bottom Plate from Your Vacuum

Turn your vacuum over to where you can see the bottom of the vacuum, where the brushroll is located. Using a screwdriver, remove the bottom plate. Once removed, the entire brushroll should be visible.

Step 2: Remove the Brushroll

Pull one end of the brushroll out of the channel in which it is housed. Slide the belt off of the roller. Then remove the roller from the vacuum completely.

Step 3: Clean the Housing

Often, dirt or hair can accumulate the channel housing that the brushroll fits into, causing the brushroll to stop spinning. To the best of your ability, remove this debris. Also remove any other debris that has accumulated inside your vacuum.

Step 4: Install the New Brushroll

Fit the new brushroll into the housing, but make sure that the belt is attached securely to the roller. If the belt is not attached, then the roller will not spin. If your belt has become loose, as they often do with time, you should go ahead and replace the belt.

Once the new brushroll has been installed, replace the plate that you removed at the beginning of the project. Plug in your vacuum, turn it on, and check to see if the brushroll is spinning. If it is, then your job is done. If not, then you may need to replace the brush roll motor.

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