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Old 06-11-2014, 08:47 AM
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The motor to my central vacuum finally crapped out. I had a Vacuflo unit that vents to the outside. My home is a Hi-Ranch about 2600 sq ft.

I'm clueless on central vacuums, anyone have any recommendations?
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I know a guy that installs them. Beam seems to be his preferred unit.

That's all I know about them.
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Originally Posted by easy_e View Post
The motor to my central vacuum finally crapped out. I had a Vacuflo unit that vents to the outside. My home is a Hi-Ranch about 2600 sq ft.

I'm clueless on central vacuums, anyone have any recommendations?
Go in and replace the motor. It is very easy. Lots of places sell them online.

You can likely do the job with a screwdriver.

Give me the model number and I'll look up your motor. Frankly, your motor be just fine and only need new brushes. They too, are simple to replace.

I changed the brushes on mine myself, and I'm not expert.

Check out the link below. Brushes and or motor in less than one hour easy. If you circuit board is fried, you can replace that also.

http://builtinvacuum.com/help/vacufl...vil/motor.html
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Furnace switch, and a couple of shop vacs in series - outsucks them all at a fraction of the price! I did this over 10 years ago and it is still going strong...

Thinking of adding a cyclone and eliminating the filter (Oneida dust deputy)...
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I went with an imperium. Reviews were good and good warranties as I recall. Been a couple years now and very happy with it. I wanted a cyclonic and options are more limited.

I believe beam is bagged only, which may be what you want. They are supposed to be a very good unit as well. I prefer cyclonic as you do not lose suction as the bag fills. You need to be able to vent outside though which you already do.

I used central vaccum superstores. Good prices and excellent service.
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Originally Posted by dssmith View Post
Go in and replace the motor. It is very easy. Lots of places sell them online.

You can likely do the job with a screwdriver.

Give me the model number and I'll look up your motor. Frankly, your motor be just fine and only need new brushes. They too, are simple to replace.

I changed the brushes on mine myself, and I'm not expert.

Check out the link below. Brushes and or motor in less than one hour easy. If you circuit board is fried, you can replace that also.

http://builtinvacuum.com/help/vacufl...vil/motor.html

While this might be a good way to save money it might not be the best way to fix your problem. My parents had a central Vac that worked fine but when they did a remodel the guy talked them into updating their 20 plus year unit. My mom says it 100% better then the older out date vac in their house. You may want to check to see how good the unit you have and see if its worth fixing.
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While this might be a good way to save money it might not be the best way to fix your problem. My parents had a central Vac that worked fine but when they did a remodel the guy talked them into updating their 20 plus year unit. My mom says it 100% better then the older out date vac in their house. You may want to check to see how good the unit you have and see if its worth fixing.
My unit is pretty old from the early 1990s. So I'm going with a full replacement.
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Originally Posted by Mersiles View Post
I know a guy that installs them. Beam seems to be his preferred unit.

That's all I know about them.
Airvac 3000 AVP For houses up to 3000sq ft. Should be able to find for under $500.

I have and Airvac the next size up because I have a bigger house. Otherwise, pretty much all central vac's use the same motors. Amtec motors. The motor is where you get the power and vaccuum.

I've also used Electrolux and it was fine. Neighbor had a Beam and loved it. I think your are beginning to get the picture. They all work fine, and the real question you have to answer is if you go with replaceable bags, or not. (I just empty the can)

The debate about bagless vs bagged can go on for 20 pages here on THT. It will likely devolve into political bashing, and will ultimately end up in the bilge.

Go for it.
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I just went out to the garage and checked, I have a Beam. Mine just has a bin on the bottom but no bags (at least I hope not).

Its always worked so I have never paid attention to it other than to empty it.

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Electrolux. This is the one I have. Damn old, BEST RATED.

http://www.electroluxappliances.com/...ms/PU3900.aspx
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Originally Posted by two-rocks View Post
Furnace switch, and a couple of shop vacs in series - outsucks them all at a fraction of the price! I did this over 10 years ago and it is still going strong...

Thinking of adding a cyclone and eliminating the filter (Oneida dust deputy)...
Please say that you used a couple of rolls of duct tape. Add one more and keep the small pets away from the automatic dustpan!
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:17 AM
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Originally Posted by dssmith View Post
Go in and replace the motor. It is very easy. Lots of places sell them online.

You can likely do the job with a screwdriver.

Give me the model number and I'll look up your motor. Frankly, your motor be just fine and only need new brushes. They too, are simple to replace.

I changed the brushes on mine myself, and I'm not expert.

Check out the link below. Brushes and or motor in less than one hour easy. If you circuit board is fried, you can replace that also.

http://builtinvacuum.com/help/vacufl...vil/motor.html
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the systems are fairly straightforward and it is easy to replace components or the whole unit. The markups on severe and parts are huge and you will be doing yourself a significant financial favor tackling this yourself. I did my system in the cottage myself and repaired the one in the main house. the canister is just that, a can that hangs on the wall. the motors and control board are modular and are the key parts.
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