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Hoover Vacuum Won’t Suction/Pick Up Dirt/Work

Hoover Vacuum Won’t Suction/Pick Up Dirt/Work

The lifespan of a vacuum cleaner varies according to brand and number of hours of use. Performance depends on regular maintenance, including proper weight load management. However, should there be any performance issues, these only require simple fixes.

The Hoover vacuum won’t suction or pick up dirt anymore due to a clogged hose, dirty filter, defective brush roll, or a motor issue. Replacement parts can be ordered and replaced quickly, easily, and much more cheaply than buying a new appliance.

In this article, learn common causes of Hoover vacuum cleaner failure and some possible fixes. Also, read on for resources for replacement parts and helpful tips for do-it-yourself repair. A budget-friendly alternative to replacing your machine is to properly keep up on maintenance, resulting in providing a powerful, long term cleaning tool for your home or business. 

Hoover Vacuum Won’t Suction

Hoover Vacuum Won’t Suction

Hoover has made many tweaks and improvements over the years to produce a superior product, although, eventually, small appliances wear out. Preventative maintenance should be implemented to keep the vacuum in tip-top condition, and if a reduction in performance is noted, carry out the following fixes to remedy the situation.


The best way to tackle the problem is to get to its source. Hoover vacuums are designed for easy cleaning, which means you won’t have to do too much digging to find the cause. Below are the reasons why your Hoover vacuum won’t suction anymore.

  • The air filter traps small pieces of dirt or lint as the air passes through, eventually causing a clog. The suction will be reduced.
  • Similarly, the exhaust filter can clog due to dirt or lint as air expels through the filter. Once again, the suction will be lessened due to the lack of airflow. 

How to Fix

In both cases, a simple cleaning or filter change is all that is needed. If you’re cleaning it, be sure the filter is completely dry before replacing it, or you run the risk of another clog. Filter replacement is executed yearly, or more frequently in a commercial environment, every six months. Additionally, if the filter is ever damaged, it should be replaced. 

Otherwise, refer to your specific Hoover vacuum owners manual for instructions. Manuals are easily obtained online if you know your model number. And input your model number online for authentic Hoover replacement parts: filters, belts, and bags.

Hoover Vacuum Won’t Pick Up Dirt 

Hoover Vacuum Won’t Pick Up Dirt

Causes and How to Fix

The point of a vacuum is to remove all debris. Fortunately, fixing the suction is fairly easy. We’ll dive into all of the explanations and solutions today. These are the possible causes why your Hoover vacuum won’t pick up dirt and how you can fix it.

  • The vacuum bag or canister is full. You may see dust spewing from the vacuum. To fix this, replace the bag or clean out the canister, depending on the model. Be sure it’s done properly, or dirt will continue to escape.
  • The vacuum hose may be clogged. After un-attaching the hose, straighten it and use a flashlight to discover if you can see through to the opposite end. If so, it’s not clogged. If you cannot, remove the obstruction.
  • The brush roll’s sticking, rendering the belt strained. Check the brush roll with the motor on to see if it’s sticking. If so, turn the motor off, clean the roll and bearings. Turn it back on; if it’s still not spinning freely, consider buying a new brush roller. With the motor off, turn the brush roll wheel by hand. If it doesn’t turn, check for obstructions and remove them. Now turn it on. If there are no obstructions, the motor is likely the problem.
  • The motor is not powering up. Assuming you already checked the brush roll for obstructions and power is getting to the motor, but it still doesn’t run, the motor is defective and will need to be replaced. 
  • The belt is broken, worn, or slipping. In this case, you may also smell burning or smokiness. If the belt is completely broken or visibly stretched, order a replacement part and install a new one. If it’s slipping, re-align. 

Hoover Vacuum Won’t Work

Hoover Vacuum Won’t Work

Causes and How to Fix

If it’s not working and you’re unsure what’s wrong, you’re in the right place. These are the possible causes why your Hoover vacuum won’t work and how you can fix it.

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  • The vacuum on/off switch is faulty. To test for electrical continuity, you can use something like this KAIWEETS Digital Multimeter from If the switch is defective, replace the part. 
  • The drive motor is not running. Use the multimeter to be sure the motor is getting power, and if it is, make sure the drive wheel is not blocked and is freely revolving. If not, replace the motor.
  • The fan motor is not running. Again, test in the same way as the drive motor but be sure the blower wheel is not blocked. Replace the fan motor if it doesn’t run.
  • If you have a battery, it may be inserted incorrectly. Reseat the battery and test for resolution. If the battery is inserted correctly and won’t charge as indicated by the charge light, order a new battery. 
  • The battery loses charge or is too hot and shuts off. To fix this, check the battery charge indicator and recharge. But if it feels overly hot, remove the battery, let it cool down for 30-minutes, and then recharge. Or, if you’re in a hurry, order an extra battery and swap them to get vacuuming again.

Hoover Support Resources

Hoover’s Facebook, created in 2009, maintains a community atmosphere and quick response to client inquiries. Also helpful is the Hoover customer support website for registration, owner manuals, and contact information. Find parts, accessories, and warranty information there as well. How-to and instructional videos are located on the site, including this 30-second video tutorial teaching you how to change the dirt cup:

Also, aftermarket online help is available from the place of purchase. Usually, there is a customer support line or online chat if you purchase your Hoover from a reputable dealer. 

For the do-it-yourselfer, helpful videos are freely available on YouTube, such as this 1 ½-minute video demonstrating cleaning a Hoover WindTunnel air filter, emptying a dirt cup, and de-clogging the hoses:

The 3-minute video below showing how to repair another Hoover WindTunnel vacuum that is overheating is very helpful:

Worst case scenario, you’ve had your Hoover vacuum for many years, maintained it, and decided it’s time to upgrade. The good news is, there is a wider selection; they are lighter and easier to maintain. Luckily, they come in many different price points. This Hoover Upright UH30600 WindTunnel Max on comes with a HEPA filter. 

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Final Thoughts

Although all appliances have a limited life, Hoover vacuums are built to last. Increase your vacuum’s productivity using the repairs listed in the article to get the best performance from your purchase. 

Here’s a quick summary of possibilities:

  • The hose or brush roll is clogged. Clean out debris and retry.
  • The belt is worn out or broken. Order and install a new one. 
  • The drive, fan, or brush roll motor is burnt out. Test the motor with a multimeter and replace it if it does not have electrical continuity.
  • The switch is not working. Test with a multimeter and replace. 

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