I recommend changing the filter every year if you vacuum once a week. If you have bad allergies, I recommend replacing it every 6 months along with the air filters and furnace filters too.
In the grand scheme of things, it does not hurt to change your filters sooner than what people recommend. Having the latest and cleanest filters is a good thing.
Signs Of A Bad Filter
Here is a list of signs to be on the look out to let you know you need a new filter for your vacuum cleaner.
- The vacuum cleaner is not sucking up as much as it used to. Click here to learn more.
- Your vacuum cleaner is making louder noises than normal.
- It’s been over a year, or you can’t remember ever replacing your vacuum cleaners filters. Or if you don’t know if you have a filter on your vacuum cleaner then its time for a new one.
- The vacuum cleaner starts to smell odd, click here to learn more.
Can I Wash The Filter?
Some vacuum cleaner manufacturers recommend you clean the filter with water. I don’t ever recommend that. It can be hard to determine which ones are okay with water and the ones that are not. Even worse, when you clean with water, you could be forcing small particles even deeper into the filter and making it worse.
The best thing to do is replace the filter with a new one. They don’t cost much and only leads to better air quality in your home.
How To Change Vacuum Air Filter
Every vacuum cleaner is different, but here is a good video to give you an idea of how to change a filter in a vacuum cleaner. You can find videos here on YouTube where people show you how to replace many of the filters.