How Do You Not Void Your Vacuum's Warranty?

How do you not void your vacuum's warranty? We'll explain. Check out key things to do and NOT do to make sure you're covered if something breaks.

Vacuum Warranties: How Do You Not Void Them?

Vacuums aren’t cheap, and for this reason, they often come with a warranty attached to the purchase. However, just because you have a warranty on your vacuum doesn’t mean that it can always be claimed. Not sure how vacuum warranties work? We’re here to help!

Below we’ll cover what specifically vacuum warranties cover, the best ways to not void a warranty, extra considerations to take when purchasing a new vacuum, and how to best take care of a vacuum so that you hopefully won’t ever have to claim a warranty.

What Vacuum Warranties Cover

Depending on the vacuum you purchased and the place you purchased it from, vacuum warranties can vary in their coverage. However, most vacuums come with two types of warranties. One warranty covers the parts of the vacuum, while the other covers the vacuum’s motor.

The warranty that covers the parts of the vacuum should cover any piece of the vacuum besides the motor. This warranty tends to be shorter than the motor warranty, which is often lengthier because the motor’s higher likelihood of malfunction.

How Not to Void a Vacuum Cleaner Warranty

While all vacuum warranties have different terms, they generally tend to function in similar manners. Because you invest quite a bit of money in purchasing a vacuum, you should make sure to take equal care in protecting and safeguarding your vacuum warranty.

First things first, make sure to register your warranty. This can be an easy step to forget because when you take a new vacuum home, it’s hopefully in perfect working condition and the idea of claiming your warranty is nowhere in mind. However, many companies require that you register your vacuum within a certain amount of days after purchasing it. Typically, it will range from one month to three months.

Secondly, make sure you read through your warranty in full so that you know exactly what kind of coverage you have. Ideally, you won’t have any issues with your vacuum; however, if your purchase starts acting up somewhere down the line you’ll want to know what your options are.

Finally, if you don’t want to risk voiding your warranty, make sure you never allow outside repairs to be done on your vacuum. This includes having pieces serviced by a repair company that is not affiliated with the vacuum brand. If you’re ever unsure about whether you’re partaking in a service that will void your product’s warranty, either call the brand’s customer service helpline or get in touch with the store where you originally purchased the vacuum. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

What To Consider Before Buying A Vacuum Cleaner

Before you purchase a vacuum and acquire a warranty, there are a few things to consider when deciding what type of vacuum is best for you.

Vacuums come in a variety of shapes and sizes, the four most common models being upright, handheld, canister, and robotic. Upright vacuums are single-unit devices that are the most iconic when it comes to vacuum cleaners. Handheld vacuums, as their name implies, can be simply carried in one hand. Canister vacuums’ motor and suction head are separated into two units. And finally, robotic vacuums are programmable vacuums that don’t require a main operator in the sense that more traditional vacuum models do.

Because vacuums can vary in their design and purpose, these different vacuum models will often come with different warranty lengths and terms of coverage. Furthermore, depending on how your vacuum is powered, be it via a battery or electrical cord, there may be additional warranty clauses to be looking out for. For example, if you’re purchasing a cordless handheld vacuum you may want to check and see if the battery is covered under warranty.

How To Care for Your Vacuum

In a perfect world, your vacuum would never fail you and warranties would be unnecessary. However, until that day comes, there are a few things that you can do to help keep your vacuum in the best shape possible.

Remember to always store your vacuum somewhere safe between uses. Additionally, make sure that it is safe from rodents or other creatures that might gnaw on the wiring or device. Also, always empty your vacuum’s holding tank when it gets close to filling up, or if it uses a bag, replace it frequently. And lastly, never leave your vacuum stationary in one place when it is turned on. Along with burning the carpet, this could cause a malfunction within the vacuum itself.

Resources: How to Home, NerdWallet, Allergy & Air