How to Replace a Vacuum Cleaner Belt and Save Big Money

How to change a vacuum belt: Step by Step

Now that we’ve seen why you need to replace your vacuum belts and how to see if you the one you have is broken, we’re getting to the best part: replacing it!

Have in mind that each vacuum cleaner is different and the steps may differ a bit from one to another. Despite this fact, they all share similar procedures. This is a generalized guide for you to have some support and know where to go next, step by step.

Changing a vacuum belt can take less than 10 minutes. Especially when you have already done it before, so keep up the good work!

Step 1. Get everything ready!

To avoid making any mistakes make sure you prepare everything:

- Place the vacuum in an open area where nothing c

– Place the vacuum in an open area where nothing can get lost. You’ll probably have to get some screws out and you don’t want to lose them, trust me!

– Get all the information you need about the brand and model of your vacuum and get the right replacement belt. You can buy them on Amazon or ask the manufacturer for a new one. Don’t go for a generic one… even if it looks just the same.

Step 2. Safety first: unplug the vacuum cleaner!

Changing a vacuum belt may be easy but not fast and you don’t want your fingers to get caught on the rolling brush. So unplug it right before you start doing anything.

Once you’ve unplugged it, place it upside to leave the bottom plate exposed.

Step 3. Remove the bottom plate

The bottom plate might be attached with screws, cl

The bottom plate might be attached with screws, clips or turn-buttons. You’ll have to detach it using your fingers or a screwdriver.

Lift it up once it’s detached. You should now be able to see the roller brush and the drive belt.

Step 4. Check the belt and brushroll

First, try to see if the vacuum belt still functio

First, try to see if the vacuum belt still functions properly: it should glide over the brushroll.


Before removing anything from the vacuum, take a look at how the brushroll and belt are arranged and connected together. It will give you an idea of how to proceed.

Try rotating the brushroll. If the vacuum belt is broken, you’ll see it gets loose when you try to roll it. Then, pull off the brushroll and if it has any tangled hair and debris, clean it before doing anything else.

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Step 5. Pull the broken bell out

Now that you’ve made sure the vacuum belt is broken or about to break, it’s time to take it out. Just pull it out grabbing a loose end or cut it if it isn’t broken yet.

Step 6. Place the new belt!

With your brushroll all clean (including the rolle

With your brushroll all clean (including the rollers!), it’s time to insert the new belt over the rollers of the brushroll and then place the brushroll back on its place.

Once you’ve placed the brushroll back on its place, check it works fine by spinning it. See if the belt tension is the correct one and that the brush rolls perfectly.


The old belt will definitely look much bigger than the new belt. That’s because of all the stretching it has gone through.

Step 7. Reassemble what’s left of the vacuum

If everything works fine, then you just need to reinstall the bottom plate. Don’t forget to put all the screws back on their place.


If you have pieces left once you’re done, then you’ve done something wrong. Everything must be back on its place.

Now you’re ready to get back to cleaning your house!




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How do you know if your vacuum needs a new belt?

How Can I Tell if it’s Time to Change My Vacuum Cleaner Belt? Your Vacuum Has Suddenly Gotten Extra Noisy. … Your Suction Power has Slipped. … Your Vacuum Cleaner is Leaving a Trail. … Conclusion.

How do you test a vacuum brush motor?

Inspecting the Vacuum Commutator for Motor Brush Problems Test that by turning the motor off and pushing on the center shaft, the armature. If it has any play, besides spinning, then replace the motor. If solid then replace the brushes – motor brush replacement instructions.

Replacing the Vacuum Belt (4 Simple Steps)

Once you’ve got your belt and tools, follow each step below. The job will likely take 30 minutes or less. 1. Opening the Vacuum Your vacuum cleaner belt is what connects the motor to the brush roller. Usually, the belt connects to the motor shaft via a metal spindle. In most vacuums, both the brush roller and the drive belt are under a metal plate on the underside of the vacuum [2]. Use your screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the plate to the bottom. You should be able to pull the plate off with your hands but may need to use the screwdriver to pry the edges if stuck. 2. Removing the Used Belt Once the plate is off the carpet cleaning head, you will see the exposed brush roller and the belt. You need to remove the brush first to pull the belt off. The brush will pull up from one side; usually, the side the belt is on. Take this opportunity to service the inside of the brush roll housing. This area has likely accumulated a lot of dirt and other matter. If you have pets, you may see pet hair and bits of string and carpet fibers wrapped around the brush. Remove the debris and anything else stuck in there. 3. Replacing the Vacuum Belt After you’ve cleaned the roller and wiped inside, you can install the new vacuum belt. Start by sliding it onto the motor shaft spindle. If the belt you are replacing is a flat or round type, it may be stiff. You need to apply some tension to stretch the new belt into place. Thread the end of the brush roll through the new vacuum cleaner belt. You then insert the opposite end into position and apply tension by hand to move everything where it’s supposed to be. 4. Closing and Testing  Set the vacuum cleaner belt then put the cover back over the brush roller. Put the screws back and make sure the machine is back to normal. Now that the new belt is in, you need to test your vacuum. Find a patch of pet hair or dirt on the floor and test the performance. If the belts correctly attached, the vacuum will clean carpets the same as it did when it was a new model. Watch for signs that the brush isn’t moving. In which case, the belt has likely slipped off the motor. If this happens, you will need to open the cleaning head up again and replace the belt end onto the motor.

Step 2: Take Off the Bottom Plate

After unplugging the vacuum, lay the machine on the floor with its underside facing up. Next, remove the bottom plate to expose the brush and vacuum cleaner belt. Some plates are held in place with screws, while others use some kind of quick-release latching mechanism.


Well, that was a ride, wasn’t it?

If it was the first time doing it, you may have had some trouble finding out how to do it, but look at the bright side… you’ll be expanding your vacuum’s lifespan and you won’t have to replace any time soon!

If you found this guide useful, just save it for the next time and keep reading for more tips and how to’s on vacuum cleaners, rugs, carpets and everything that goes around them

Vacuums, Steam Cleaners, Robot Cleaners, etc. My name is Mary and I'm a mother of 3! I worked for a big company for 10 years until I decided to stay at home to take care of my family. Every since cleaning has become sort of my hobby and profession at the same time. I write about vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners, etc. I just find it a lot of fun!

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