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Vacuum Cleaner Cutting Out

When the vacuum abruptly cuts out while vacuuming, it can leave you in a right mess. Spring cleaning the home isn’t complete if the floors are not left spotlessly clean. To ensure that your home remains dirt and debris free, diagnosing the fault immediately may allow you to get your vacuum cleaner back into working action quickly.

Cause 1

Mains Cable

Having your cleaners power cable fail during vacuuming can be very frustrating when chores like vacuuming get you all heated up in the first place anyway. No one wants to deal with a broken vacuum in the middle of a spring cleaning session.

Often power cables can get pinched if they end up getting trapped in a door frame or pulled when in use. This can cause the copper conductors within the cable to break and interrupt the electricity supply. One simple check can confirm the root of your issue.

  • Turn the vacuum cleaner on and gently move the cable to confirm if the conductors within are damaged - replace the mains cable if required.

If you do require a new power cable for your cleaner, check out our range of spares for the perfect replacement.

Cause 2


If your motor is overheating during vacuuming you’ll find that the cleaner will cut out and no longer perform as it should. The motor plays a crucial role in operating the vacuum cleaner; it is important that the motor is kept well maintained for optimum performance. Vacuum motors are cooled down by air passing through them - one of the many reasons to why the motor can overheat is if the filters, pipes or dustbags are blocked.

Blockages can happen from a buildup of dirt and dust, which significantly reduces the cooling process. Here's how you can check your motor for possible defects.

Safety First! Prior to beginning any repair, please disconnect your appliance from the mains.

  • Check and replace any clogged filters and bag.
  • Examine the pipes for any blockages.

If the motor ends up overheating quickly and there is no restriction to the airflow, the problem may be due to the motor being damaged.

If a new motor is required then take a look through our online catalogue for the replacement vacuum cleaner motor you need.

If you wish to have a go at replacing the faulty or burnt out motor take a look at our how-to guide.

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Cause 3

Blocked Filters

If your vacuum motor appears to cut out when it’s warm for a few minutes before restarting, it may be due to the motor overheating. This may be caused by blocked filters. They can become clogged over time from a buildup of dust molecules, preventing less or no cool air to flow into the motor.

Filters are designed to trap dust and pollen particles from the air flowing through the vacuum. Follow our simple tips below to unclog your filters and get your vacuum cleaner performing as it should.

Safety First! Please make sure that you have disconnected the appliance from the mains before beginning any repair.

Remove any excess dust from the filter by simply tapping the filter.

  • If the filter is washable, run it under the tap for a thorough clean.

To prevent the motor from overheating, consider replacing the filters regularly as this will preserve the longevity of your vacuum cleaner. If you’re in need of a new filter, check out our online catalogue for the perfect replacement.

Watch out detailed video guide on how you can clean the filters in your vacuum cleaner.

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