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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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There’s Something Strange With Your Vacuum Cleaner… Who You Gonna Call…?

If you have a question about a ghost- Bill Murray is the man, but if you have a question about a vacuum- you get stuck with little old me. Feel cheated? So do I, I get stuck with a Powr-Flite PF1000BP backpack vacuum cleaner and not a GhostBusters Proton Pack. Yet, with my new Powr-Flite PF1000BP I can run around my house and hopefully be 1/2 as cool as this guy!

Okay, so point of the fact is this… AskGoVacuum.com. Another GoVacuum website where you can ask the most obscure question about your vacuum cleaner and we will answer. After all, knowledge is power and an empowered consumer knows GoVacuum is the best vacuum website with the best prices, free shipping, 60 day returns… yadda daada daada… toot out own horn, but we can do that because of things like this.

Plus, not only will we answer your questions, but we’ll even shoot a video to show you how to fix the problem! Yes, most everyone can repair their own vacuum (I mean if I can do it, who can’t?) and with us filming a detailed directional how to video for your questions YOU can fix your own vacuum!

Here is how it works, post a question at AskGoVacuum.com and we will shoot a video and reply to your question with it. You can then order your parts at GoVacuum.com or call us at 888-468-2210. That’s it! We make it easy on you. Here is an example of a video I shot the other day for a question about how to replace the handle release foot pedal on a Bissell upright vacuum cleaner.



Remember when it comes to vacuums… GoVacuum! justin@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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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 to Replace a Belt on a Kirby Generation Vacuum Cleaner – GoVacuum Video Series

Kirby Vacuums are durable machines with powerful cleaning capabilities. Few vacuums can compete with the variety of features on the machine, a fact that the Kirby salesman at your house did not fail to tell you at least 10 times.

What the Kirby salesman might have left out of his sales pitch, however, was an explanation of how difficult it would be for you to do your first belt repair on your new Kirby Generation. Even the most experienced repairmen on the GoVacuum team will admit that replacing the belt on the Kirby is one of the most difficult repairs they face.

As a result, we’ve decided to create a video showing you how to make this Kirby Generation vacuum belt repair yourself.

We go step-by-step through the process of dismantling the powerhead and swapping out the belts on the rollerbrush. And we even give helpful advice on how to properly maintain your Kirby machine along the way.

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How to Maintain a Miele Canister Vacuum – GoVacuum Video Series

Like a car, vacuum cleaners are dependent on proper maintenance for peak performance. Without proper maintenance on a vacuum, not only will you see a drop in the machine’s ability to clean, you risk having more allergens be expelled into the air, the engine overheating and reduced machine life expectancy.

In the newest addition to the GoVacuum Video Series, we show you how to do proper maintenance on a Miele Canister vacuum. Included in these maintenance tips are steps showing you how to change the vacuum bag and replacethe pre-motor and HEPA filters. The maintenance shown in this video is applicable to any Miele Canister.

Our choice of showing the maintenance on the Miele Canister is an important one. Proper and regular maintenance on a Miele can help the motor on the machine last up to 30 years. Many customers ask us why they should spend the extra money on a Miele when they can buy a cheaper vacuum, most likely a Kenmore, in Sears. When you consider that an inexpensive vacuum, say around $100-$200, has a life value of at most 2-3 years; spending anywhere between $400-$1000 for a Miele that lasts up to 30 years is actually less expensive.

Proper maintenance is key to any vacuum cleaner. We will continue to provide you videos in the GoVacuum Video Series that show you how to do maintenance on a wide variety of machines. If you have any requests, feel free to leave a suggestion.

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Quality Vacuum Cleaners Need Quality Parts

Good quality vacuum cleaners will last years, particularly if you carry out regular maintenance. We also advise taking your vacuum cleaner into a certified dealer for maintenance at least once every twelve months.  This will keep it top condition and deliver optimum performance.

Some maintenance tasks can be done at home, especially if you’re a pretty good handyman. The service manual is a great place to start and we at GoVacuum.com are always available for advice particularly when it comes to getting the right parts for your vacuum cleaner.

There are so many different vacuum cleaner parts available these days so it is hard to list each and every one of them on our site. If you are searching for a particular part and cannot find it, ask us. We are bound to either have it in stock or be able to advise you where to obtain it. Just remember – parts are not just parts.  Make sure you get the right part for your particular brand and model.

At GoVacuum.com, we can supply:

Vacuum cleaner bags: we carry wide range of vacuum cleaner bags so check out our catalog or call us for more information.

Vacuum cleaner filters: good quality filters will help keep the air clean and fresh. If you need to replace your vacuum cleaner filter, then check our catalog first.

Vacuum cleaner belts: belts keep your machine throbbing so you need the very best quality – and we have the best in vacuum cleaner belts.

Remember, we here at GoVacuum.com are happy to help you find the right part for your vacuum cleaner.

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