13 Ways You’re Shortening the Life of Your Vacuum Cleaner
Don’t suck the life out of your vacuum cleaner—follow this advice to help it last longer and run better.
Using the wrong setting
Most vacuum cleaners have different settings depending on the type of flooring you are cleaning, i.e. wood or carpet. If you’re using the wrong setting, this can render the vacuum cleaner less effective and may shorten the life of your unit. “Setting your vacuum on the lowest setting may not be the best option to get enough airflow for the suction action,” reports Angie’s List. Here’s how you’re shortening the life of your dishwasher.
Not reading the manual
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Many people skip reading the manual until there is a problem, but by then it might be too late. Each company’s manual contains important safety instructions and warnings, such as “Do not handle the machine or plug with wet hands.” Pretty obvious—sure—but it could save your life. They also give troubleshooting tips for how to care for and maintain your vacuum cleaner along with warranty information, which is especially important if you are switching to a new brand.
Not using a surge protector
These aren’t just for your computers or TVs. According to Lightning Bug Electric, a surge protector can “prevent an electronic shortage from spurts of electricity that go beyond the voltage limits.” The stronger the burst, the more likely your device can get damaged. Causes of power surges vary from downed power lines to lightning storms. Read on for all the ways you could be shortening the life of that other essential appliance—your coffeemaker.