How much does it cost to repair a central vacuum?

Knowing the cost before getting an estimate can equal big savings

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Replacing a central vacuum system can cost anywhere from $1,150 to $3,500, so repairing your old one could save you a lot of money. But how much? Here are some factors to consider.

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Central vacuum repairs can cost $290 to $310 on average.

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Your home warranty may cover central vacuum repairs and replacements.

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You may be able to DIY the repair yourself.

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Central vacuum repair costs

Generally, repairs for a central vacuum may set you back around $290 to $310 on average. Of course, how much you pay depends on what’s wrong with the system, and repairs can range from as low as $120 to as much as $500.

For example,  lubricating a motor is another quick job that can cost around $50. On the other hand, replacing a motor could cost anywhere from $100 to $700.

Here are some more repair costs you may run into:

Can you DIY a central vacuum repair?

A homeowner can easily take care of some problems themself, like clogged hoses or a filter change. Other repairs, like electrical, typically require a professional to prevent shocks to you and shorts in the unit.

Be sure to consult your unit’s owners manual for troubleshooting help before you attempt a fix yourself. Also, if you’re following an online instruction video, check to make sure a reputable repair technician or company makes it.

How do you know there is a problem with your central vacuum?

There are several signs that will let you know if there’s something wrong with your central vacuum unit. Here are some of the most common:

  • The vacuum won’t turn off or on
  • Loss of suction
  • The vacuum only works in certain rooms
  • Weird or loud noises, such as grinding 
  • A burning smell
  • Filters clog more than normal

Does your home warranty cover central vacuum repair and replacement?

Home warranties typically have your back whether you have a cyclonic or filtered central vacuum system. It’s best to go over your home warranty contract to check your coverage before filing a claim.

Here’s what home warranty companies most often include in a coverage plan for central vacuums:

  • Motors
  • Blower fans
  • Control panels
  • Dust collectors
  • Complete system failures
  • Inlet valves

Typically, the company will pay for parts and labor when your home warranty covers a central vacuum system. If a technician can’t repair your unit, the company may replace it with a similar model. All you’ll need to pay is your deductible.

Quick and easy. Find a home warranty partner now.


    How long does a central vacuum system last?

    Central vacuums are one of the longest-lasting systems in your home. They can last from 20 to 30 years or longer.

    Do I need to have my central vacuum system serviced regularly?

    You can typically do central vacuum maintenance yourself. Filters need to be changed every three to six months, and when you’re using the vacuum system, be sure to clear out any clogs that may occur.

    Does a central vacuum system have a warranty?

    Yes, central vacuums typically have a manufacturer’s warranty and can also be included in your home warranty, as well.

    Bottom line

    While needing a central vacuum repair can be a pain, there is some good news. Sometimes, you can do the repairs yourself or file a claim with your home warranty to dodge higher repair costs. Even if you do need to hire someone, repair costs are relatively low, at $290 to $310 on average.

    Article sources

    ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:

    1. Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, “Frequently Asked Questions.” Accessed April 17, 2024.
    2. CentralVac International, “A Guide to Central Vacuum Maintenance.” Accessed April 17, 2024.
    3. HomeAdvisor, “How Much Does It Cost To Repair A Central Vacuum?” Accessed April 17, 2024.
    4. Angi, “Is a Central Vacuum System Right for Your Home? Learn Pros, Cons, Cost, and More.” Accessed April 17, 2024.
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