- Some lessons learned....
- August 29th, 2011
I had to post this in regards to some interesting things I've learned as of recently. Some of these things may surprise you like they surprised me. They may not and that's perfectly normal because in this day in age, it seems like things are not made of good quality compared to the vintage days... well some things anyway..
1. Bissell Vacuums. I was given one as a hand me down gift from my grandpa a few years before he passed away as of recently. I really couldn't complain about it. It was free and it did the job good enough I think. Oh, and it was bagless... I'll get to the bagless part in a minute. Anyway, the vacuum started to make a loud LOUUUUD whistling/screaming noise and for a month or so, I ignored it, hoping it would disappear on its own. Wrong.
One day, I took it completely apart and laid everything out on the floor, plugged the vacuum cleaner back into the wall outlet and powered on. The fan blew out a poof of white powdery dust and screamed 20 times louder since the sound wasn't being absorbed by anything since I had the entire vac dissected and laid out at that moment. It was so bad my ears couldn't tolerate it for more than a second. Scared me! Bad news, the fan AND the motor are both together, enclosed in a hard metal/aluminum casing so I could NOT take the casing apart. Even if I did pry it apart, it would have probably bent the casing and voila, it's even more broken than before.
Great, I'll just call several vacuum repair shops here in town and within a 30 mile radius.
One repairman said he refuses to work on bissell vacuums if it's the fan/motor because when those things die, Bissell usually charges just about as much as they would charge for a brand new vacuum altogether since that is the main component of the vacuum. He and the other repair guys from the other shops all said this next statement: Bissell makes their vacuums as if they're disposables. Once something breaks, they want you to throw it away and buy another new one from them.
The other guys said they would repair the fan/motor BUT it would probably cost more than $50.00 when you could just buy another new vacuum near that price or use that money toward a more pricier one and get better results.
Oh, and the bagless vacuum thing I promised to talk about:
IF YOU HAVE ALLERGIES, AVOID THESE VACUUMS! We all know this... but if you're terribly allergic to dust, don't buy a bagless vac. I thought if I didn't disturb the dust when I pulled the canister out of the vac and dumped it out in the trash can, I would be okay, but I was wrong.
My airways constrict and swell this. Dust gets disturbed regardless. It made it a pain to have to dump it out after every use. If you are in love with a certain bagless vac, take the risks, but don't forget what I mentioned.
2. Investing in nearly twenty-dollar a/c home filters has its pros and cons. The more expensive it is, usually the thicker it is and the thicker it is, the harder your a/c or heater works to pull in air. BUUUUUT when you have severe year round allergies in your household, it's a must.
It is worth the money. It does work well for 3 months which is states on the wrapper to replace every 3 months, not every week like those little cheap blue filters that you have to replace like what? every week or something? Do the math! The Filtrete filter I use is seventeen-ish dollars. 3 months. That's not bad at all, but your electricity bill may be affected.
3. Invest in a 7 day programmable a/c and heater thermostat. They're easyyyyyy to install. I did it myself and just read the instructions. I even recommend one..