If you have a central vacuum system in your home, then you know how powerful it can be. They are one of the most hardworking and reliable appliances in your home and there are virtually no issues if your system has been properly installed. But, did you know you could lose suction over time? According to Wade Anderson, owner of Wade’s Cyclovac serving the Central Oregon area, there are certain maintenance routines that will ensure your system maintains premium suction and cleaning and extend the life of your central vacuum system whether you have a Vacuflo 560 or Vacuflo 960, Beam Nutone, MD or even a Cyclovac Central Vacuum. This is why Wade’s Cyclovac has instituted our 20 Point Inspection Service.

Wade Anderson a local of Central Oregon and owner of Wade’s Cyclovac Central Vacuums has been servicing and selling systems throughout Central Oregon including, Bend, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Redmond, Sisters, Sun River, and Powell Butte and has seen the benefits of routine maintenance firsthand.

It is good practice to have your central vacuum system serviced at least every few years.

The frequency with which you should have your system serviced depends on how often you use it. If used regularly, it is recommended the average household will need service once every two to three years to maintain optimal performance. If the system does not get used very much at all, maybe just once a year or less frequently depending on usage patterns.

Service from Wade’s Cyclovac usually takes less than an hour and includes:

  • Emptying the dirt bin or changing the bag.
  • Cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing the dirt collection container.
  • Checking and cleaning any filters, mesh screen areas, or cyclonic separators.
  • Checking motor carbon brush length, bearings, gaskets, and seals.
  • Lubrication as needed on any moving parts.
  • Cleaning and deodorizing air return pipes that carry debris picked up back to the power unit.
  • Checking hoses and tools to make sure they are in perfect operating condition.

The benefits from routine maintenance are worth the investment:

  • Improved suction power.
  • Reduced chance of clogs.
  • Extended system life.
  • Quieter operation.
  • Improved pick-up and quicker pick-up.
  • If you’re system exhausts into your garage or basement, you’ll notice fresher exhaust air and less dust.

Lower the chance of clogs in the hose and air return pipes.

Regular maintenance on your central vac system is a great idea! Proper service can remove the chance of clogs in the hose and air return pipes. If you have not cleaned out your system for some time, this will greatly reduce the risk of damage to your motor by allowing it to run more efficiently.

Clogs can cause a loss of suction and overheating, which can decrease the life span on your equipment. Clogs may also be caused by picking up large objects or stiff items like bobby pins and toothpicks. When these are sucked into the suction tube they can get stuck in any openings, blocking airflow through them and potentially causing damage throughout your system. Lastly, clogs may occur if liquids or fine powders have been picked up by whatever attachment was used at that time (i.e., wet dog).

You will be rewarded with a system that works as well as it did when first installed.


We hope this article inspires you to think about routine maintenance for your central vacuum system. It can be tempting to put routine maintenance, but the long-term rewards of better cleaning and a longer-lasting system can be worth it.