FAQ

Are central vacuum hoses universal?

Some central vacuum hoses are compatible with most inlet valves. These are known as universal hoses. However, when choosing a hose, you need to know the kind of inlets you currently have to ensure compatibility.

Are all central vacuum inlets the same?

With a few exceptions, most central vacuum brands use the same kind of wall inlets. While all inlets have a low voltage, not all have 110 volts. Look at your inlets to find out if they have high voltage. Specifically, check for two small holes that are about 3/8 inches apart and are located below or above the main hole. Parts for vacuum inlets are not available but you can easily replace the wall plate.

Can a central vacuum hose be repaired?

Some minor vacuum hose problems such as a split right behind the hose handle can be repaired. However, much of the time you will need to replace your hose if it breaks down.

What is a central vacuum pipe?

A central vacuum uses a network of plastic pipe to transport dirt from the vacuum cleaner, through the walls and floors to the power unit and the dirt receptacle.

Are central vacuum powerheads interchangeable?

It is common for a central vacuum system to have components from different brands. Most of these components are interchangeable. Powerheads come in attachment kits but you can also buy them separately. Some powerhead brands may be compatible with your central vacuum brand while others might not be.

Is a central vacuum good for hardwood floors?

Central vacuums can preserve the longevity and shine of your wood flooring better than upright vacuums. Upright vacuums typically come with hard-bristled brushes that scratch the floor and do not suction up dirt and debris adequately. Central vacuums for hardwood floors have a wide, air-powered and low-voltage mouth to collect dirt and debris effectively. They also come with soft wheels, rubber bumpers, and an option to buy hose socks to prevent scratching.

How does a central vacuum turn on?

A low voltage trigger wire connects each inlet to the central vacuum unit. When you engage the switch on the hose handle, the wire triggers the power unit to switch the motor and/or the electric floor brush on or off.

How long is a central vacuum hose?

The average length for a universal central vacuum hose is 30 feet but some universal hoses measuring 35 feet are also available. Contact your central vacuum manufacturer to find out if they stock longer hoses.

Does a central vacuum need to be vented outside?

While some people question the validity of outside venting, the top central vacuum manufacturers recommend it for optimal performance. Filtration devices are not enough; they may sieve out larger dust particles but fail to capture smaller particles, which are the most harmful to your respiratory system. Only outside venting can completely get rid of small dust particles.

Is a central vacuum good for pet hair?

A central vacuum can help to eliminate pet odor, hair, dirt, and allergens from seats and floors. A central vacuum provides all the tools for superior cleaning whether you have hard floors, several area rugs or carpeting. Due to its outside venting system, a central vacuum is a good choice because it does not recirculate animal dander and odor back to your home.