How to Replace the Fan Impeller on a Hoover Vacuum Cleaner

A Hoover-brand vacuum cleaner uses a fan blade, also known as a "fan impeller," to create the suction needed for drawing dirt and other contaminants out from a floor or carpet.

A defective fan impeller will disable the suction ability of the vacuum cleaner. To replace the fan impeller, acquire a replacement Hoover-brand fan impeller from a vacuum cleaner supply center or select hardware stores. You'll need a few household tools as well.

Unplug the Hoover-brand vacuum cleaner's power cord from the wall outlet. Press the button at the top of the cover so it can be removed from the vacuum cleaner. Twist the disposal bag off the nozzle at the inside top of the compartment. Dispose of the bag or save it for reuse later.

Upend the vacuum cleaner. Push the plastic lever at each side of the bottom away from the center with your fingers. Pull the bottom plate off -- some models will require removing screws from the plate with a Phillips screwdriver instead.

Locate the defective fan impeller; it is on one side of the motor housing inside the bottom. Grip the shaft that the fan impeller is on with the jaws of a pair of needle-nose pliers. Hold the shaft steady. Unscrew the fan impeller from the shaft. Dispose of the fan impeller in the trash.

Screw the replacement fan impeller on the shaft. Continue screwing the fan impeller on until resistance is felt. Remove the needle-nose pliers from inside the bottom of the vacuum cleaner.

Place the bottom panel back on. Push the two plastic levers back toward the center of the vacuum. Place the vacuum cleaner right-side-up. Place the bag or a new bag inside the front of the vacuum cleaner and reattach the cover.

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Replacement fan impeller
  • Vacuum bag

About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."