Tips & Advice
How often should vacuums be serviced?
Ideally, service vacuums every 12-18 months. With time, dirt and lint can gather on the vacuum's motor bearings, which can slow the roll of its brush and place undue strain on its motor. The brush may also wear out with time, and this can reduce the vacuum's cleaning ability by as much as 50 percent. Dirty motor bearings can also cause the vacuum's engine to overheat.
Do vacuums with higher amperage clean better?
Vacuums with higher amperage don't necessarily provide better cleaning. A vacuum's amperage is the amount of electric current that flows through the unit. While high amperage can favorably affect performance, other factors play even more important roles. Air flow is a key variable to consider, since it will give you an idea of how well the vacuum handles suction. Other important factors include filtration, hose quality, and nozzle design.
What is the difference between a canister and an upright vacuum?
Upright vacuums stand vertical, and include the motor and suction head in the same unit. With canister vacuums, the cleaning nozzle is located at the end of a wand that connects to a wheeled canister via a hose. The canister holds the unit's engine, filter, and dust bags, and it needs to be dragged by the user when the vacuum is being operated. Upright vacuum cleaners tend to be less expensive than canister vacuums, but canister models tend to be more maneuverable.
What is a stick vacuum cleaner?
A stick vacuum cleaner has its dustbin container incorporated within the stick that connects to the nozzle. This gives it a cleaner look than other types of vacuum cleaners, and it also reduces its weight. Stick vacuum cleaners require minimal storage space, so they're a good choice for apartment dwellers. However, they typically have less cleaning power than other types of vacuums.
Do vacuum cleaner stores specialize in specific brands?
Vacuum cleaner stores usually specialize in specific brands. Large chain stores often carry mainstream brands that are widely known, while smaller vacuum cleaner stores are more likely to carry lesser-known specialty brands. When evaluating vacuum cleaners from different brands, it's important to consider things like the unit's air flow, and the warranty protection offered.
Is it worth getting a broken vacuum repaired?
To determine if it's worth getting a broken vacuum repaired, compare the repair costs with the price you originally paid to purchase the vacuum. If the repair cost is equal to or more than 50 percent of the vacuum's original purchase price, it's time to think about replacing the unit.
What services do vacuum cleaner stores provide?
Many vacuum cleaner stores provide repair services for damaged machines. They also provide vacuum cleaner maintenance that can prevent problems from arising. For example, if you have a bagless cleaner, you will find that its suction power can diminish after a few months if the vacuum hasn't been properly maintained.
What is a capacitor and what does it do?
A capacitor is a two-terminal electrical component that is able to store energy, thus they are often found in power supplies. They can be especially important in a stereo system because they can exhibit frequency dependent behavior. What this means is they can be tailored to be used as noise filters to reduce the appearance of a frequency, or they can be used to enhance it. This is particularly effective in differentiating and isolating the ranges in a subwoofer and a tweeter, and in filtering out the potential noise or feedback from the power source.
Are aftermarket speakers compatible with a factory stereo system?
Most aftermarket speakers are compatible with your factory stereo system. There can be exceptions, for instance, if you have speakers that need extra amplification to drive them to maximum performance, such as large subwoofers, your factory deck may not have the power to drive them adequately. They will play, but not to their potential. Basic speakers should be able to plug right into most standard decks. Factory stereo systems have evolved dramatically over the years and can even meet or exceed aftermarket products.
What tools are required for installing a car stereo?
To install a basic car stereo you will need a minimum of tools. First you may need a puller to remove the existing deck (if there is one). Usually it’s just a thin bar that hooks onto the unit to pull it out. Once the unit space is established, you will need crimpers and wire cutters to strip, connect, and crimp the wiring units (to the speakers and to your power source). It’s a good idea to use connectors for the wiring contacts. It is a simple and basic process. In some cases, you might need some additional basic tools like screwdrivers if you are mounting anything or customizing the dash.