How to replace a vacuum cleaner power cord

Written by steve bradley
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Vacuum cleaners, like all appliances, can often outlive their power cords. When the cord is compromised due to a tear or wearing away of the plastic coating it must be replaced immediately. Using a broken cord could at the least break your vacuum, or at worst lead to fire or possible electrocution.

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Things you need

  • New cord
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Electrical tape

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  1. 1

    Unplug the vacuum and remove all accessories such as extensions and brushes. Open the vacuum's outer casing to get at the end of the power cord. Exactly how you will do this depends on the model of vacuum. Generally it simply involves the removal of two to three Phillips-head screws.

  2. 2

    Follow the power cord to the two connections at the vacuum's motor. Unfasten any clips or holding bracket and disconnect the cord from the motor. Sometimes this can be accomplished by unscrewing two connection screws, other times the cord is soldered directly to the motor. If this is the case use wire cutters and cut the cord about 4 inches from the motor to give room for splicing on a new cord.

  3. 3

    Insert the new power cord into the vacuum. Follow the exact same path as the old one. If there were any brackets or clips that held the old cord in place inside the vacuum or out use them on the new cord.

  4. 4

    Tie a knot in the cord on the inside of the vacuum casing so that it will not accidentally be pulled out of the motor once it is in use.

  5. 5

    Connect the new cord to the motor in the same fashion as the old one. With wire strippers take off about 1 inch of insulation from the new cord to expose the two wires. Either wrap them around the connection posts and re-screw, or twist the new cord wires around the 4-inch remnants of the old cord and seal all exposed wire and connections with electrical tape.

  6. 6

    Replace the vacuum's casing in reverse order from how you removed it. Plug in the vacuum to test.

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