The Dyson is a phenomenal vacuum on most accounts, but the suction can be so powerful sometimes that it becomes hard to push!
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Solutions for Dyson pushing problems
Some of the newer Dyson vacuums have a height adjustment feature where you can move the head of the vacuum up or down depending on what surface you’re vacuuming on, so you can lower it for hardwood, keep it medium for medium carpets, or raise it high for high pile carpets.
Unfortunately, high pile carpets are indeed a little difficult to work with, but there are a few solutions you can try.
Note: It is worth mentioning that high pile carpets are tough to work with no matter which vacuum you have.
1. Pull instead of pushing
This is the most inconvenient solution, but it’s the simplest one, so I decided to list it first. On some rugs and high pile carpets, the suction gets so strong that the fibers are sucked too far into the vacuum and you’re not able to push the vacuum anymore.
If you have a trigger vacuum, the solution I am about to describe is quite easy to implement. Simply release the trigger to kill the suction, move the vacuum ahead, push the trigger to enable suction, and pull the vacuum towards you.
You may find that pulling is much simpler than pushing. The reason we don’t always vacuum like this is because it takes a little longer to do! Even though there is more effort in pushing, you don’t need to double back like you do in pulling.
2. Use a motorized brushroll
The main problem area with Dyson vacuums getting stuck is the brushroll. The powerful suction combined with the fibers of the carpet mean that you’ll have to exert a considerable amount of force to get the brushroll to manually turn.
Some Dyson vacuums have a motorized brushroll(or are compatible with one and you can pick one up) and the motorized brushroll will provide a bit of a boost in locomotion as you vacuum.
The newer models have motorized brushrolls with very strong, thick fibers, which don’t get stuck as easily either.
3. Replace the brushroll
If your vacuum is not compatible with a motorized brushroll, take a look at the bristles. If they’re beginning to wear out, it may be time to get a new roll. If the bristles don’t make contact with the carpet, you’ll have a much stronger suction cup effect. The bristles help create pockets of air that loosen the suction as you move the vacuum back and forth.
4. Check the soleplate
You can also turn the vacuum over and see if the head and soleplate(the part that makes contact with the floor) is clean and moves properly. Sometimes a wheel can get stuck, or there can be lots of small debris stuck in crevices and around the head that can make moving the vacuum quite difficult.
Even though your vacuum cleaner cleans your home, you need to occasionally clean the vacuum itself!
5. Insert a jig inside the head to lift it up
This last solution is not the most elegant one, but it does work! The video below describes how you can go about it.
It can be very annoying when your expensive vacuum stops performing the way you expected it to!
The first solutions to try are obviously the cleaning ones, followed by the jig or replacing worn out parts.