How to Troubleshoot Loss of Suction on the Dyson Animal Vacuum Cleaner

Ryan Malone
A functioning Dyson vacuum cleaner will make cleaning up animal hair much easier.

Dyson animal vacuum cleaners are specifically designed for pet owners. They contain an anti-tangle turbine, making them ideal for picking up both human and animal hair from carpet and upholstery. Although Dyson animal vacuum cleaners have very strong suction, on rare occasions, they do suffer from problems. These problems usually arise due to clogging or irregular maintenance. To troubleshoot the loss of suction, you must check the filters, brush bar, airways and cleaner head.

Cleaning Filters

Dyson recommends that you clean your vacuum's filters at least once every three months; that said, it is possible for them to become clogged within this time frame, which can compromise the suction. To check the filters, unplug your vacuum cleaner and press the filter release button that’s located at the bottom of the dirt canister. Pull out the filters and rinse them under cold water until there is no visible dirt and the water runs clear. Leave the filters to dry for at least 24 hours before you put them back into your vacuum cleaner.

Brush Bar Blockage

A blockage on the brush bar can cause a complete loss of suction. This usually occurs if you accidentally vacuum up something too large, such as a sock or piece of paper. When this occurs, Dyson vacuum cleaners are designed to shut down. Unplug your vacuum cleaner and lay it on the ground to reveal the brush bar at the bottom. If there is something visibly blocking it, simply pull it out.

Wand Blockage

If the suction problem is coming from the wand, you have probably vacuumed up something too large. To troubleshoot this problem, unplug your vacuum cleaner and assess the inside of the wand. If you have an attachment on the wand, remove and inspect it first. If the attachment is clear, look through the wand itself to see if it’s clogged up.

Airway Blockage

The airway section of a Dyson animal vacuum cleaner leads to the filters of the device. If an object that’s too large has managed to travel through the wand or cleaner head, it can easily get stuck here. To check the airways, remove the filters and check for a blockage in the area that connects to them.

Cleaner Head Blockage

A blockage in the cleaner head is one of the most common causes of loss of suction. This problem occurs when something large manages to pass through the brush bar and block the passage located behind it. This passage sends dust and debris to the canister. To check the cleaner head, lay the vacuum cleaner on the floor and remove the clip that holds the cleaner head in place. Turn the cleaner head dial until it clicks. This will release the cleaner head and allow you to lift it out and check for blockages.