How to Put a Kirby Vacuum Belt On?
A Kirby vacuum will do if you are looking for a vacuum cleaner designed to facilitate the most powerful airflow possible. But the belt on a Kirby vacuum could pull off or go wrong, especially when using a fake belt. If you are having trouble replacing your Kirby vacuum belt, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we will be talking about how to put a Kirby vacuum belt on, when you should do it, and how to tell if your Kirby vacuum belt is genuine or not.
How to Replace a Kirby Vacuum Belt?
To replace the belt of a Kirby vacuum is a little bit confusing. However, with this step-by-step guide, you should be able to get it done with no issue.
Step 1: Unplug from the Power Socket.
Before you start doing anything on your vacuum cleaner, you must ensure unplugged from a power source; This is the first and more critical safety step you ought to take before working on the vacuum cleaner. It protects you from electric shock and accidentally triggering on the vacuum cleaner, which could cause injury.
Step 2: Detach the Head.
While Kirby vacuum cleaner comes with a detachable head, which is quite extraordinary, it makes accessing the belt a little bit more complicated. To detach the head, lift off the lid on the head to access a sticker that shows a green arrow for belt-on and a red arrow for belt-off. Also, on the head, you will see the belt lifter knob with a green arrow for belt-on and a red arrow for belt off. Align the red arrow on the head of the vacuum with the red arrow on the belt lifter by twisting the belt lifter, then pull the head.
Step 3: Replace the Belt
When the head comes out, you will see two tab levers with arrows that tell you whether it is locked or unlocked. Turn the levers to the unlock sign, and a plate comes off, giving you full access to the brush roll and the belt. First, pull the brush roll out; after that, remove the old belt and remove it with a new one.
Step 4: Reassemble
With the new belt set at the middle of the brush roll, please insert it into the head, replace the plate and turn the tab levers back to the lock sign. Put the head back on the vacuum and turn the belt lifter knob back to the green arrow. Plugin the vacuum cleaner, and you are good to go.
When should I replace my Kirby Vacuum Belt?
Kirby recommends that you change your vacuum belt at least once every year. However, this depends on how frequently you make use of the vacuum cleaner. For example, if you use the vacuum cleaner every day, you may need to change the belt at least once every three months.
When you use the Kirby vacuum cleaner frequently, they can get stretched over time, making them not very effective. And when the belt is stretched, it will reduce the cleaning effectiveness of the vacuum.
Why does my Kirby Belt keep Snapping?
There are several reasons why your Kirby belt keeps snapping. One of the most common reasons for this is that your Kirby belt is not genuine. When the belt on your Kirby vacuum is not genuine, the quality will subside. In other words, heat build-up during prolonged use of the vacuum cleaner can cause the belt to snap easily.
In addition to this, the belt could also be snapping too frequently because of foreign objects like hair, string, lint. When these objects get into the vacuum cleaner, they can get caught in the brush roll, causing it to get stuck. And when the brush roll gets stuck, and the belt keeps rolling, it puts too much strain on the belt, which will cause it to break.
Are all Kirby Belts the same?
All Kirby belts are the same. They come in the same size and quality. So, it does not matter whether you have yellow printing or white printing on the belt. They are all the same, and more importantly, they are easy to install on your vacuum cleaner.
Additionally, all Kirby vacuum cleaners make use of the same size belt for the brush roller. So it doesn’t mean if you use the Kirby Avalir 2 or the Avalir, the same vacuum belt will fit their roller brush.
Can a Non-Genuine Belt Damage my Kirby?
Well, the short answer to this question is yes, a non-genuine belt can damage your Kirby vacuum cleaner. Using a belt on your Kirby vacuum that Kirby does not design will lack grip and friction for safe operation; This means that the lack of grip will cause the belt to slip off during regular operation.
If the belt on your Kirby vacuum cleaner doesn’t have the proper traction, that means there will be a buildup of heat. This heat buildup could damage the roller brush, melt other parts of the vacuum cleaner, and eventually cost you hundreds of dollars on repair.
Is my Kirby Belt Genuine?
Now the question is, how can you make sure the belt you are about to buy is a genuine belt from Kirby? One way to ensure the quality of the belt you are buying is to ensure you buy your Kirby belt from authorized Kirby distributors.
Additionally, note that original Kirby belts are pretty thick, measuring about 2.5mm to 3mm. Also, check for the Kirby logo imprinted all over the belt. Finally, original Kirby belts don’t stretch easily, unlike fake belts, even when you apply force to stretch them. They feel and look like tough rubber.
To sum things up, now that you know how to replace your Kirby vacuum cleaner, you don’t have to pay someone to do it for you anymore. But ensure that when you buy parts to replace in your Kirby vacuum cleaner, get them from authorized distributors to avoid buying fake parts that could further damage your vacuum cleaner.