To remove the vacuum belt, you need to flip the vacuum cleaner upside down and then remove the screws. Then remove the brush roll cover and the brush roll eventually. Lastly, pull out the belt from its slot. To replace it, simply, reverse the process.
How to Change a Bissell Vacuum Belt?
Changing the belt inside your vacuum cleaner isn’t a big deal if you divide the process into several steps. Some folks may get confused after removing the brush cover. However, if you follow these steps, you’re more likely to not be on their team!
1. Unplug the vacuum and flip it upside down
Make sure that the power cord is removed from the wall socket and only then proceed. The first move is to flip the cleaner gently and let it rest on the ground.
2. Remove the screws from the brush cover.
Firstly, give a gentle rub on the bottom panel with a piece of cloth. There are five Philips screws at five different positions. Grab a screwdriver and slowly remove the screws. It’s better to store those screws into any holder for convenience while joining them back together.
3. Remove the brush cover
Once you have removed the brush cover, you can see the floor brush facing you. Subsequently, grasp both sides of both ends and gently lift it upwards. One end of the brush is connected with the belt. When you lift the brush up, the connection will automatically disconnect.
4. Remove and check the drive belt
Now you have removed the brush from its slots. Therefore, one end of the belt is not connected with anything. But the other end of the belt is connected with the motor shaft. Gently, remove the belt from the shaft.
5. Test the brush roll & the drive belt
To check the condition of the drive belt, simply, observe its outer periphery. Check for any eminent spots, stress marks, or wear out. Repeat this for the inner portion of the belt.
Consequently, it’s time for the brush roll. Hold one end of the brush roll and spin it. You can observe several revolutions at a spin if the brush roll is not jammed. You may need to replace the brush roll if it appears to be unserviceable.
6. Clean the entire bottom housing
The bottom housing may be. So, it needs a gentle cleaning. You can do that by using a piece of cloth. Indeed, make sure that you are cleaning the slots as well.
7. Setup the replacement belt
To replace the belt, loop the new belt and fit one end of it with the motor shaft. Then stretch another end and fit the brush roll within. The belt should be at the designated space (between the provided space provided between the bristles) on the brush roll.
8. Fit everything in place
Lastly, align the brush roll with the newly replaced belt by turning the brush roll in the direction of the motor several times. Then replace the brush cover and tie those five Philips screws.
9. Give it a test run
Once done, plug in the vacuum and turn it on. Then run it on any dusty surface and observe its cleaning. Check for any unwanted sound from the cleaner. If no unwanted sound is heard, the cleaner is good to go!
When Should You Change the Vacuum Belt?
There’s no bounded time limit. Different users have figured out different times and follow them strictly. Some may suggest 3 months is the sweet spot, some may have other ideas as well. But one trait is common among those users- they have selected the period based on their usages.
If you are unfamiliar with such new types of vacuums, it may be a burden to you. Consequently, a common question arises about the process of deciding on change.
If you can hear any unusual sound from the cleaner while cleaning, it may be because of a worn belt. Then the vacuum cleaner won’t pick up as much debris as it could and, eventually, the efficiency will be reduced significantly. That’s the time to raise the alarm and check the condition of the belt.
Q: How much a vacuum cleaner belt costs?
Ans: Undoubtedly, the price depends on the quality of the belt. Sometimes the manufacturer may suggest specific belts for their products. But, on average, a pair of those belts costs around 5 to 7 dollars.
Q: What will happen if a broken belt is continued to be used?
Ans: You cannot do it with a broken belt for long. Over time, the efficiency of the cleaner will drop. It even can harm the brush roll.
For the most part, changing the vacuum belt after three months can do for you. It’s better to figure out a specific period and follow that. However, as the vacuum cleaner itself gets older, the efficiency may drop even with a perfectly functioning belt. Then you may need to take apart the whole vacuum and clean the parts and sometimes may need to change some parts.