A mate asked if it was worth saving his abused Dyson cylinder vacuum cleaner which has been residing in the garage for a couple of years, in the dark, unused. It had last seen service when clearing-up building dust and allsorts of non-domestic detritus and that abuse had now given the vacuum cleaner breathing difficulties. A vacuum with breathing issues means no suction.
Interestingly, the reason the Dyson was being called out of retirement was due to a lack of performance from the family’s more recently purchased battery machine. Hopefully I’ll get to see that in the workshop soon as well. I’m getting ahead of myself already.
Make and model: Dyson DC19 (grey and purple)
Fault reported: 70% reduction in suck
Cost of replacement: About £200
Cost of parts: £9.54
Hours spent on repair: 1
Tools needed: Cleaning tools
Sundry items: Silicone spray
Repair difficulty: 1/10
Cups of tea: 1
Biscuits: 2 (M&S Belgium Selection)
Like many abandoned vacuum cleaners I see in the workshop or at the tip, there really wasn’t much wrong or really broken, yet its owner was considering its future. What to do. I’ll write about readiness to repair and repair inertia another time!
The repair in stages:
- Remove, clean (and replace) filters and refit once dry (48 hours)
- Remove collection cylinder and clean thoroughly and refit once dry (48 hours)
- Clean all seals with soap and water, dress with silicone to revive
- Check by-pass valve and clean as needed
- Check power cable (clean to improve flex rewind system)
- Check and clean roller brush head
The filters on this machine were so dirty that I decided to invest in a new set which, at under £10, seemed good value and will certainly extend the life of the DC19.
After giving the main unit a good polish the Dyson DC19 was ready to go home to clean-up. Another Dyson not biting the dust, just yet.