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How to Replace a belt on a Riccar vacuum & work less!

“I am so S M R T!”- Homer Simpson

Well my cartoon friend, not only am I – S M R T ER, but I also look better in tighty whites! Don’t worry I spare you from the actual image and let you ponder that mental image…

Here’s why I claim to be smarter- there’s an old saying that goes, “a man who works a hundred years his hardest each day will never be old or broke”. Well I’ve got my own saying, “a man who appears to work and perfects slacking, will never grow tired of working his job!” – Justin.

With that in mind, let me introduce you to a kid who is in the world of vacuums… a celebrity. As a self proclaimed vacuum celebrity, he is the Matt Damon to my Brad Pittness in the vacuum world (except Brad has a 6 pack and I have a keg as a belly). Anyhow, Kyle Krichbaum has appeared on Jay Leno, The History channel and many more shows and television stations, but now he’s crossed over onto something even BIGGER… The GoVacuum Youtube Channel!

So what does a full time slacker do? He gets Kyle “The Vacuum Kid” Krichbaum to do his Youtube video for him! That’s right, Kyle is now creating how to & vacuum repair videos for GoVacuum.com! Thus enabling me to do what I do best… sleep!

So here’s Kyles first vacuum repair video for a Riccar 8905 vacuum cleaner. Expect to see more videos by Kyle and I’m even trying to pawn this blogging thing over to him, so this whole “work” thing won’t bother me during weekdays!

SEE IMAGES BELOW DIRECTIONS

1. Gather your materials. All you’ll need is an ordinary Phillips Head Screwdriver and a replacement belt. The belt part number for the Riccar 8905 is ricc113, and you can get one at a great low price at GoVacuum.com.

2. Turn the vacuum over with the front against the floor. You should be able to see the brusher bar in this position.

3. Locate the two small screws that hold the bottom plate of the vacuum in place. Once you’ve found them, use your screwdriver to remove them by turning the tool to the left.

4. Remove the plate.

5. You can locate the belt on its track on the left-hand side of the vacuum. There is a black door that partially obstructs your view of the belt. Grasp the door and swing it upwards to reveal the entire part.

6. Reach into the back of the vacuum and remove the belt from the motor pulley.

7. Remove the silver divider that is on the left-hand side of the brush roll. Put this aside somewhere safe, as you will need to reinstall it later.

8. Grasp the brush roller and pull it out of the vacuum.

9. Although it’s not mandatory, you can use this time as an opportunity to clean the area beneath the brush roller. Just use a damp cloth to wipe down the entire area.

10. Place one end of the new belt around the motor pulley at the back of the vacuum.

11. Put the brush roll through the belt. You’ll want the belt to rest inside of the black track on the left-hand side of the brush roll.

12. Get behind the vacuum and grasp the brush roll. Put equal pressure on both ends and push it back into place. You will feel resistance from the belt, but don’t worry–this is normal. It does not mean the belt will break.

13. Return to the front of the vacuum and replace the metal divider.

14. Close the black door that covers the belt.

15. Put the pla
te back in place on the vacuum. Be sure to tuck the blue pieces inside. They should not be visible from the outside of the vacuum.

16. Use your screwdriver to tighten the screws, turning the tool to the right.

17. Celebrate! Your Riccar 8905 has a brand new belt. Give yourself a pat on the back and vacuum something!

NOTE: This video, images and guide is for the Riccar 8900 series without the clutch AKA floor/Rug Selector. If you have a Riccar model with the clutch such as the 8955 or 8850, you need to also connect the clutch bar and make sure your roller tabs are placed in the roller housing correctly.

DISCLAIMER: This video is for informational purposes only. We disclaim any injury you or your machine may endure during the repair process.

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Quality ZVac! No its not a German guy saying “the vac.”

GoVacuum.com is launching its own brand, ZVac!

These are not just your everyday vacuum bags and filters either!  GoVacuum has designed and engineered the ZVac products to be mostly biodegradable and recyclable, made with earth-friendly materials to have the least amount of negative impact on the environment.

ZVac Discount Vacuum Cleaner Filters

Now I know what you’re thinking,

“Is GoVacuum trying to single handedly stop global warming?”

That’s so kind of you by the way, but no.

We do want to do our part though to help reduce, not just other people’s carbon footprint with our Vac-Recycle.com program, but reduce our own footprint by creating our own brand of vacuum bags and filters.

We didn’t stop there!!

ZVac having a tree planted for every 500 filters and bags manufactured

For every 500 vacuum bags and filters manufactured, we had a tree planted in the endangered Atlantic Forest of Brazil, and will continue to do so.

[wait for applause to end]

I know this is impressive and most of you reading this are singing GoVacuum’s praises, but some might be saying, “biodegradable, earth-friendly, the quality must be crap.”

We assure you, far from it!  We painstakingly and rigorously ensured that each bag and filter is manufactured to the exact OEM specifications of quality, size, and installation.

HERE IS THE BEST PART OF ALL!!

The ZVac brand of high quality and earth friendly products are a fraction of OEM and other popular Generic Companies retail prices.

So let me break this down for you because I’m sure I’m reaching the 96 second (on average) attention span for blog reading, or in case you skipped to the end:

ZVac brand, high quality, perfect fitting, earth-friendly, bags and filters at cheaper prices than anyone else, period!

 

Have a question about ZVac filters? Email me at michaelodell@govacuum.com

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Does anyone have answers?!? My vacuum sucks!

Many Consumers have this question and we at GoVacuum.com completely understand their frustration.  Trying to find answers to what’s the best vacuum to buy, which part is the correct one for my machine, or how do I replace this belt, can drive a person insane!!

That’s why GoVacuum.com has launched MyGoVacuum.com.  A community forum where vacuum owners can finally get the in-depth answers, share ideas, and read how to’s from GoVacuum.com experts and/or with fellow community members.

Now consumers can step out of the abyss.  Follow the proverbial bread crumbs.  In this case, tell mary anne to go towards the light (Poltergeist movie reference) and use these tools to build your vacuum knowledge because in the long run, this will save you money.

How about that, a retailer trying to save you money?

I wished when I was shopping for my new used car, the dealers would of told me, “No, not that one, that’s too expensive for what you are looking for.”  Or tell me, “not that one, those typically have transmission problems.”

If only I would of had a forum where I could go for all of my car buying needs, questions, and even repairs. Wait a second……

GoVacuum.com is now launching Go-Car-Info, for all of your……ah nevermind.  I’ll just focus on one thing at a time.  Plus I don’t know anything about cars, at least to that extent.

MyGoVacuum.com is the perfect forum for having discussions on quick fixes, cleaning and maintenance, or which vacuum is the best for the user’s particular preferences and needs.

Even if you’re on-the-go constantly, you can tweet us.

Not only will we answer your tweet, that correspondence will show up on the MyGoVacuum.com forum in case other consumers were wondering the same thing.

So stop the guesswork!

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Vacuum info on the Go?!? How appropriate for a website called GoVacuum.com

GoVacuum.com has just introduced a new Android App, which you can access and download in the Google Play market.

We wanted to ensure that when you’re standing in line waiting for your sandwich to be made, why not open up the GoVacuum app and watch this video where I play Santa.

Or, if you’re like me and just had a baby, there is even a Govacuum “vacuuming white noise” video that you can play at that wonderful hour of 4am, your wife has mistakenly had pizza as her last meal (tomatoes don’t make babies happy), proceeded to breastfeed – and now you’re pulling out all stops to try to soothe that baby to sleep.  Our app will be your shrine if that happens!

The new GoVacuum.com Android App. allows access to huge savings!!!!

Just go under the coupon section to view the different coupon codes available to be used on our GoVacuum.com website.

After saving big on our GoVacuum.com website, and/or exploring our huge library of comparison videos, reviews, how to’s, and well, holiday videos; guess what?  You can be even more saturated with vacuum info and updates by viewing our tweets via the twitter tab or our Facebook deals via the more tab.

There is no end to how knowledgeable you will become about vacuums after downloading this FREE app from the Google Play Store on your phone or tablet.  It may even seem silly now but when that “piece of crap” vacuum you bought from your local box store dies on you after the 3rd time of you buying a new one, a rush of thankfulness will come over you, an inner peace if you will, knowing now you’re equipped with the knowledge and savings to choose the right vacuum the next time around.

This is my first blog post for GoVacuum.com, how did I do? Email me! Michaelodell@govacuum.com

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Go Bowling… Go Vacuum… Go Diet… Go Love…

I had an exhausting morning yesterday as I was recovering from my LaborDayAPalooza festivities. I woke up bloated and had a headache from all the food and stress I endured because of the remote control batteries. After laying in bed I decided to get up and exercise. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, why ruin a good start to the week by exercising after such an epic holiday on Monday?

You see, my good Facebook contest friends, LaborDayAPalooza is just one day per year, so for the other 364 ¼ days I do exercise each morning by speed walking to the mailbox at the end of the driveway (even on Sundays… what’s OCD?) and I maintain a healthy diet of processed genetically modified and unnaturally enriched foods, plus I use EdenPure Aqua 2000 filtered ice in most all my organic high-fructose corn syrup drinks, which after all is a vegetable! That’s right, only the healthiest of the healthiest for my palate will do.

Yes, these healthy lifestyle choices that I make is perhaps why I often get confused for Brad Pitt when I roam the local big box stores for savings in my fitted XXXL “WingMan” shirt.

Side note: oddly enough these mega mart stores are not as cheap as our little mega website GoVacuum.com. Oh no… let me stop before I start some shameless self promotion and tell you how we offer 60 day returns with free shipping both ways paid by us… oh well to late!

Nonetheless… after that great mailbox cardio and some fruit aka Apple Jacks Cereal a healthy part of this complete breakfast!

I took a shower and then started the day off talking to myself in the mirror like Gary Busey does.


I sat down in my nature inspired office and poured myself a glass of “grape juice”, I was ready to “work” but something was off… I couldn’t pin point it, and for no particular reason why, I was tired. I didn’t want to strain my eyes on the laptop screen, nor did I want my boss to have a workman’s compensation lawsuit from an attorney I could find on a day time television ad, so I did the responsible thing and went back inside to rest my eyes.

After about seven hours of self inflicted eye rejuvenation and relaxation management therapy, I deemed myself healthy enough to get to work. So… I took my lunch break, two hours later I was ready to write the GoVacuum blog, but I was still stressed due to my long work hours. It then hit me like a Sebo Airbelt K3 canister vacuum falling down the stairs. I needed a change of pace and scenery, so I decided to go in to the GoVacuum World Wide Headquarters in Chantilly, VA.

Upon my arrival at 6:00pm I was informed that due to the recent success of our 10% off site wide GoVacuum coupon that can be used on most everything excluding Miele, Sebo and IQ Air. A few of the vacuum geniuses (kind of like an Apple Genius, but for vacuums not computers) at GoVacuum were having a bowling night on the websites dime.

I immediately questioned each and every single GoVacuum vacuum genius! How is it, I was not informed of this social company gathering? Is the beloved blogger loved by anyone anymore? Did I even ever mean anything at all to her (I mean the GoVacuum geniuses)? I felt heartbroken and much like the great comedian Rodney Dangerfeld… apparently, I get no respect! =(


Just as I was starting to click my heels and recite that there’s no place like home, Mike the friendly senior sales and customer service manager who had just helped inform a customer on how to replace a vacuum belt in her Kirby upright vacuum, told me something that even my deaf right ear heard loud and clear. “Justin, Buddy… sorry this was not written up in an email, it’s an improvised thing, you’re more then welcome to come along!”

As my goofy grin expanded, and my eyes lit up like Rodneys, the rest of the geniuses chimed in and with open arms and invited me to tag along on this exclusive event. ALRIGHT! I was gonna go bowling for the second time in 15 years.

After 5-10 minutes of grueling office work, we left for the great GoVacuum bowling extravaganza! I need to point out some troopers still held the fort down while I was attempting to bowl in the double digits and that’s not only because we have the greatest vacuum industry personnel working at GoVacuum, even though we do. Nope, it’s because of the extended hours. That’s right all the chat and toll-free telephone lines are open from 8am-10pm EST Monday- Saturday plus 11am-10pm on Sunday.

Needless to say we had a blast, Mike bowled well and the rest… well… they did better then me! Plus they didn’t make fun of me… at least not to my face. After a few frames we all hurried home, tucked ourselves in the bed and had dreams of sweet Oreck xlpro6a back pack vacuums… (OKAY! That last one is untrue… I was dreaming of a mystical girl who broke my heart, I mean the mystical Miele Capricorn canister vacuum cleaner with seb236).

Did you laugh? Share our blog with your friends on Facebook or tweet it! GoVacuum blog is at www.govacuum.us! Have a comment, wanna tell me your bowling score average? Anything just email me so I look busy! justin@govacuum.com

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Win A Robot That Will Clean Your Home! GoVacuum!

“I don’t wanna hear how tired you are! Go get the heavy Kirby upright vacuum cleaner and GOVACUUM!”

Ever had a bad day and scream that at your kid, husband or wife? We hope not… well, we always encourage telling someone to GoVacuum! We just hope you exclaim this in a happy, jokingly manner.

What if you lived in a house where you walked in the door after a hard day of work and your home was clean, without having to ever vacuum? What if you still knew how to party and could do what you really loved for a living… like blog about vacuums? What if I didn’t try to shamelessly self promote the term GoVacuum!? Well… like my boy Wayne from Wayne’s World says… it might happen.

Seriously, my party time, excellent, friends… It might happen! I can’t assure you, you’ll love your job, but I can assure you, you may never have to vacuum again! How? By doing absolutely nothing, that’s how (well, almost nothing)!

Yes, much like I’ll be doing tomorrow on Labor Day to celebrate LaborDayAPalooza (read this blog again on Tuesday, so you will understand), you don’t have to do much! That’s because we at Govacuum not only rock like Wayne and Garth because we offer the best Miele vacuum reviews on our website and free shipping with 60 days returns (shameless ain’t I?), but because we are having a contest!

A contest that requires no purchase! Yeah, we know that’s the law and all, but that’s not why we’re not requiring you to not buy anything to enter. Nope, we are just good people like that! Seriously! All the owner wants me to do is sign up people for our newsletter that’s filled with GoVacuum money saving coupons, sales, savings and my random goofy ramblings.

What? You don’t find me funny? Ummmmmm… Okay… well… this is a bit of an awkward turtle…

Fine then! Don’t sign up for our money saving newsletter… just like us on Facebook and you will be entered to win as well! Better yet, do both and DOUBLE your chance to win!

What are you winning? Well, what do you expect based off what I said? A vacuum that cleans your home on its own? Is this a parallel universe where vacuums clean your home on their own?

Before I answer that, just be thankful, you’re not Jerry O’connell and not because your lackluster acting career is all but stagnant, but because you’re not stuck trying to find your way home sliding from parallel Earth to parallel Earth like he was in Sliders.

Once entered you will be qualified to win a Irobot Roomba 560! Which in my opinion is far cooler then R2-D2! While the Roomba 560 is nothing out of Star Wars, it sure is sweet and fun to watch!

The Irobot Roomba 560 will run all day while you’re at work to vacuum your hardwood floors, tile, laminate, area rugs, carpeting and most all other flooring surfaces.

Just sign up for our GoVacuum newsletter or like us on Facebook and… VaVoom! You’re instantly entered to win! =)

We’ll make sure to have this to your home by the holidays so Santa won’t have to bring you an Irobot Roomba 560 if you’re our grand prize winner!

What? You want to buy a Roomba 560 now? Well… OK, we will allow you to buy a Roomba 560 now or the Roomba 440, whichever your prefer… see I told you we’re nice people!

Yes, we got so carried away with this contest we even had Santa and one of his taller elves film a commercial for us (I hope Santa keeps his job, I don’t envision acting as a full time career for the jolly guy).

To read more about this Roomba 560 contest we are orchestrating click here. Until you win or buy your very own Roomba 560GoVacuum!!!

Want to read more of my mindless vacuum chatter? Go to GoVacuum.us

Do you have a idea? I sure would like to hear it! Like, please… I’m begging you! If you don’t email me, I can’t look busy, if I don’t look busy, I’ll have to fix vacuums broken Dyson vacuums and they are always breaking and hard to repair! So… help me out! justin@govacuum.com

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Confused about Vacuum Cleaners? Just Ask GoVacuum.

Can’t figure out how to fix the broken belt on your 80′s model Eureka vacuum? Looking for a new vacuum with super filtration to help your allergies? Want your vacuum to stop making that weird noise that drives you crazy?

There are many questions to be asked about vacuum cleaners. Whether you are curious about your old machine or are interested in finding a modern alternative, we are here to answer your questions. Last week, we introduced a new section on our site called “Ask GoVacuum.” In this section, we display all the questions that have been submitted to us, and the appropriate answers. Our team of vacuum experts does their best to answer your question, no matter how obscure. Many of the answers include links to schematics for your machines or pictures and videos illustrating how to do that impossible repair.

At the bottom of the page, you are able to submit your own question. Most questions will be answered within 24 hours.

As more questions come in, we will begin to organize the Ask GoVacuum section by brand and theme. We hope this helps.

Ask GoVacuum today!

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Faulty Vacuum Cord? Beware of the Consequences.

I generally try to be humorous in my approach towards writing about vacuum cleaners but today I came across an article that has changed my tone today, at least for this post. It appears that an unlucky family in Kannapolis, North Carolina suffered extensive damage to their house due to a faulty cord on their vacuum cleaner.

Although the machine was turned off, the faulty cord caught fire since it was still plugged into the wall. The electrical cords are scary parts of the machine to repair, simply because of the fact that messing it up can result in a vacuum on fire. We prefer our vacuums to be normal temperature and not burning the furniture in our houses.

Many times customers come into our store and ask if they can simply buy the cord for their machine, presumably to avoid paying the cost of the repair. We usually ask them if they have experience repairing vacuums, or other electronic devices because the repair is not as simple as it may seem. Generally, we offer customers to do the cord repair for free simply to avoid any disasters as seen in Kannapolis.

As a word of caution to all vacuum owners out there, make sure whoever is repairing your vacuum is skilled enough to risk an electrical fire!

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How Often Should You Service Your Vacuum?

As dirt, dust and lint passes through your vacuum cleaner you get a buildup in the bearing housings. This causes the bearings to slow down the brush roll causing wear on your vacuum motor and belt.

Over time, your brushes may also become soft and lose their effectiveness and need replacing.. A worn out brush may still look completely fine however, if not replaced, it will simply turn, hardly touching the carpet.

These are all maintenance problems that may not be obvious to the untrained eye. So how often should your vacuum cleaner be serviced?

If your vacuum cleaner is performing poorly then you know it is time to have it serviced. Otherwise, when in doubt; ask. Your vacuum cleaner professional is in the best position to advise you on how often to have it serviced.

Generally speaking, you should undertake regular inspections yourself cleaning any areas that are easily accessible. If your vacuum cleaner uses bags, change them regularly. Canister models need emptying on a regular basis, before they become full. You should also check tubing for any blockages such as paper or tissues.

To avoid any potential problems, you should have your vacuum cleaner professional service your vacuum every 12 to 18 months. This will ensure your vacuum cleaner performs at its maximum cleaning efficiency.

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Check Your Belts Regularly

Vacuum cleaner belts are one of those items that no one really wants to change. They are not exactly the most exciting item to go shopping for either. However, a little care and attention towards something as seemingly insignificant as a belt may extend the life of your vacuum’s motor.

Vacuums belts are generally used to drive the brush roll on your vacuum cleaner. As they are part of the airflow system, they can often collect dust, debris and fibrous material like pet hair, cotton or carpet fibers. After periodic use, these belts often become stretched. When stretched, they limit the ability of the brush roll to spin at high speeds and effectively kill the vacuum’s ability to pick up dirt and debris. Point being, that even if your belt doesn’t look broken, the mere fact that its stretched could limit your vacuum’s ability to clean and over time can cause the motor to overheat.

Plan on replacing the belt on a vacuum at least every 6 months. For repair tips, check out the two videos we have created below:

If a belt does break, take the broken belt along with your vacuum cleaners make and model along to your nearest vacuum cleaner specialist center. They can help identify the most appropriate belt for your cleaner.

To replace the belt, follow the instructions in the vacuum cleaners handbook. If the task appears to daunting, take the unit to your vacuum cleaner repair center where they can quickly install the belt for you.

Govacuum.com have a wide range of belts available and can help you find the right belt for your cleaner. Vacuum cleaner belts play an important role in the operation of your cleaner so it is essential you obtain the right belt for your cleaner.

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