How to Replace the Belts on a Dyson 14 Animal Vacuum

Updated November 21, 2016

The Dyson DC14 Animal is an upright vacuum designed to suction up pet hair from carpets, upholstery and other surfaces. Dyson vacuums use a cyclone method to spin dirt, debris and pet hair out of the air, instead of suctioning the debris directly into a dust bag. As with almost all vacuums, the Dyson vacuum uses a belt to propel the brush roll and pull dirt up into the machine. Replacing the belt is relatively simple to do. Always turn off or unplug the vacuum prior to cleaning or maintaining the machine.

Turn the Dyson vacuum over and lay it down flat on the floor.

Use a flathead screwdriver to release the three plastic screws on the bottom plate. Place the retainers in a safe place.

Lift out the agitator brush one end at a time and clean. Remove any excess strings or fibres with a pair of scissors.

Loop the new belt over the agitator brush and form a loop with the belt on the right side of the brush. Slide the agitator brush back into the vacuum with the loop facing the inside of the vacuum. The belt loop should slide into the belt slot inside the vacuum compartment.

Pull the other end of the belt over the motor shaft, and roll the belt carefully to ensure it does not slide or slip off the brush roll.

Return the bottom plate on the vacuum and tighten the plastic retainers in a clockwise motion to close.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Scissors
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Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.