How to Repair Dyson Vacuum Cleaners

Dyson vacuum cleaners are effective, reliable carpet cleaners, but can suffer problems, including loss of suction power or faults with the brush bar mechanism. Most Dyson vacuums have a protective mechanism that shuts off the power when they become blocked and at risk of overheating. You can tackle many Dyson repairs without professional help, but tampering with component parts may void your warranty. Consult your Dyson user manual if you have any doubts on how to maintain and repair your Dyson.

Push the release button if your machine is failing to pick up dirt properly or making an unusually loud noise. Pressing the button will open the canister where dirt collects. Empty its contents into the bin.

Clean the body of the canister with a damp cloth. Remove excess dirt. Wash the canister in clean water, if necessary. Avoid using any chemical detergents, because they may damage the canister.

Remove any excess dirt from the vacuum pipe. This is located on the left, next to the canister. Clean the pipe using a damp cloth. Next, dry completely with paper towels. Allow the pipe and canister further time to dry before reconnecting.

Place your Dyson on its side if you think a blockage is preventing it from working efficiently. Remove the fasteners that surround the brush bar at the end of your vacuum. Use a screwdriver with a flat head to remove the fasteners.

Remove dirt and debris from the brush mechanism with a knife or household scissors. Make sure the Dyson is switched off and unplugged before attempting to unblock. Wipe the casing clean with a damp cloth after you have removed excess debris. Screw the plate back onto the brush bar.

Locate your Dyson vacuum filter. Check your user manual, if necessary. Filters are normally on the left side of the vacuum, beneath the canister. Thoroughly clean the filter housing with a damp cloth. Remove the filter and cleanse in warm water before replacing. Ensure the filter is completely dry before replacing.


Make sure your Dyson vacuum is unplugged before performing any maintenance work.

Things You'll Need

  • Damp cloth
  • Scissors or knife
  • Screwdriver
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