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Motors, Filters, and Maintenance for Black & Decker Vac
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Only hear a "click" when trying to start the system? Does it shut off and start back up in a few minutes? These are common signs of a dead motor, which only leaves two options: replace the motor or replace the unit. If you liked the amount of suction it originally had, then replace the motor. If you'd like stronger suction, or if you'd like a cleaner disposal system, consider a different unit or alternative brand.

How is a central vacuum maintained? Generally, the only thing required is emptying the main unit. Beyond that, there are some upkeep and preventative options given below.
Replacement Chart for Black & Decker Vacuum Motors, Filtration, & More
Black and Decker
Model 820
110 -120 volt
(NOTE: PLEASE COMPARE TO YOUR MOTOR. There were other unavailable motors used.)

Price / Details /
WalVac 243
WalVac 330
WalVac 465
WalVac 475
Not available from MD Vac
Black and Decker
Model 720
110 -120 volt

Not available from MD Vac
Basic Maintenance for Black & Decker Vacuum

Filtration Maintenance
Much like a regular portable vacuum, the basic maintenance of a Black & Decker Central Vacuum System is changing the bag, or emptying a dirt receptacle bin from below. Foam and cloth filters can be further cleaned or replaced. Wash and thoroughly air dry before installing. To remove an inverted cloth filter, grab a side of it and pull toward the center. The outer stiff rim of the filter bends in and the filter drops out. Look for screens inside the unit that need to be cleaned off as well.

Motor and Vacuum Maintenance
There is nothing to lube or oil in or on the central vacuum system, including the Black & Decker motor, Black & Decker vacuum motor unit, or Black & Decker vacuum cleaner. For the indoor vacuum brush, the fibers that get wrapped around the brush roll of the vacuum cleaner head should be cut out and removed on a regular basis.

Pipe and Hose Maintenance
We recommend cleaning out the hose and piping system at least once per year. The best way to do that is with Free Flow Central Vacuum Maintenance Sheets. They do a couple of things. First, they push through the pipes, bringing along stalled out debris. Second, they deodorize the hose, pipes, and unit. Some amazing results can come from this product. The vacuum hose will last longer if it is stored on a hanger, always being detached from the vacuum after each use. See if any of these Storage Items can help your situation (scroll to the bottom of the Accessory Page).

Email Reminders to Empty Vacuum
Sign up for the Free Quarterly Email Reminders to dispose of your central vacuum debris. Let the trash build up can reduce suction, making the unit run hotter and clean less efficiently.

Replacement Motors and Parts for Black & Decker Vacuums

Self diagnose your system using this Interactive Troubleshooting Guide and Solutions.

Motor Replacement
Contact a local dealer for service, or consider doing it yourself. Motors on the Black & Decker vacuum have a few fasteners and wires that need to be unattached, the reattached on the new motor. It should take less than one hour. First, turn off the circuit breaker or unplug the central vacuum unit. Then, access the motor by releasing the outer housing. Use the chart to find the right replacement motor for your Black & Decker motor model. A motor may have many numbers on it but typically the real motor number starts with 11. Here are detailed Black & Decker Motor Replacement Instructions.

Circuit Board, Relay, Transformer, MiniBreaker
Separate transformers, relays, and minibreakers are not available here for Black & Decker. However, when a circuit board is installed, the most common board replacement for Black & Decker vacuums is the Vacuum Motor Circuit Board for Single Motor Units 110 Volt. The board is strong, yet generic and may need to be retrofitted. There are other Generic Circuit Boards here for units with different voltage and two motors. These robust generic boards are made by the leading industry supplier. An electrician will be able to replace the circuit board, or replace the relay, transformer, and minibreakers with a circuit board quite easily. Print and use the large photograph of the board as the wiring guide.

Motor Carbon Brush
The Black & Decker motor has two carbon brushes that wear down and can be replaced before they damage the motor. However, the Black & Decker motor may go bad for other reasons while the carbon brushes remain fine. Black & Decker motor brushes can be checked every few years and replaced if the 3/4-inch-long solid carbon is worn down. Definitely replace if one or both are down to 3/16 inch. Type the motor replacement number (not model number) in the search box and the motor brushes will come up along with instructions.

Need more help? Try our extensive and helpful Black & Decker Vacuum Questions and Answers or give us a call at 1-800-997-2278 M-Th 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
*Note: Black & Decker Vacuum is a registered trademark of Black & Decker, not M.D. Manufacturing, Inc. Products sold by M.D. Manufacturing, Inc. are not from Black & Decker Vacuum but are designed to complement a Black & Decker Central Vacuum. Therefore, parts and products carry warranties from MD Manufacturing and not Black & Decker Vacuum and thus may alter the warranty provided by Black & Decker Vacuum.