Friday, October 5, 2012

Save money with Central Vacuum Tune-Ups

One of the services we offer to our customers is a comprehensive “tune-up” of the entire central vacuum system, which includes inspecting, cleaning and servicing the power unit, tubing system, inlet valves, hose and attachments.  We recommend that most residential systems be serviced every three years, or more often as needed for large homes, heavy use applications, or commercial environments. 
Many people choose to wait until “something breaks” before they call a technician.  This applies not only to central vacuum systems, but to most things in and out of the home, like furnaces, plumbing, electrical, roofs, automobiles…the list goes on.  One of the biggest ways that preventive maintenance can save you money in the long run is by catching a problem while it’s small, before it gets bigger and more expensive.  I came across a perfect example just the other day:




















This is a picture of the bottom of a central vacuum motor, with the working air fan intake in the center.  In every central vacuum system, a gasket is used to provide an airtight seal between the motor and the central vacuum canister.  The gasket adhesive here has failed, causing the gasket to “creep” from the motor’s heat and become sucked into the fan blades.  By the time we saw this, the motor needed replacement:




















Had we serviced this system regularly, the gasket alone could have been changed, at a cost of about 5% of the entire motor assembly. 
For more information about our various tune-up options or to schedule a tune-up for your system, visit www.justcentralvacs.com or call us at (630) 608-0175.  I look forward to helping you!