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Vacuum Hoses for Filtex Central Vacuum

The Filtex hose is the workhorse of a central vacuum system. It gets pulled, stretched, dropped, squashed, and slammed. That's why we offer only the highest-end replacement hoses for Filtex available on the market today, along with a generous, two-year warranty. The central vacuum hoses are lightweight, durable, and resilient. Top-of-the-line hoses come with kink reduction, a 360-degree handle swivel and an on/off switch. The Electric Hose comes with 110 volts to run an electric beater head. The Stretch Hose is an affordable must-have for every system, excellent for a quick clean up. And don't forget the vacuum hose socks for further home protection.

Filtex Vacuum Pop-out Button Inlet Valve Conversion.
Scale of Difficulty: EASY

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Learn to change out the pop-out Filtrex button inlet valves with modern "full face basic valves". Both old and new valves have the same width and height. The conversion allowed the user to have suction and electric on/off control at the hose handle switch. The corded Stealth Attachment Kit is pictured below, but any of the corded electric kits can be used, in fact any air driven, non-electric kit can be used as well.
BEFORE
Filtrex Metal Vacuum Outlet
 
AFTER
Converted Filtex Vacuum Outlet

Old Metal Filtex Inlet   Step 1

Here is the Filtex Valve we are going to convert to a standard basic low voltage valve. The home had six valves to replace and the family had bought the Stealth Attachment Kit with the 8-foot corded hose.

You can see from the above left photo that the former carpet brush had no beater brush on it. Now, with the Stealth, this carpet is cleaner than it ever was!

Notice the Filtex valve wording may look like Fietex or Filtec.


Button Pop Out Fitlex Inlet   Step 2

Open the metal Filtex valve. Notice the pop-out button that causes the vacuum to turn on when the valve door is opened.


  Step 3

Pull the valve cover out from the wall. This is the most difficult step but we had no problem removing all six from home; and it got easier with each one.

Here are some tips:
Put your fingers in the neck of the valve.
Wiggle while you pull the top and bottom in and out. Don't try to spin it or wiggle it left to right, side to side, because the low voltage connection will not allow you to.
Once you can get your finger tips under the plate, pull straight out with some force and a little up and down wiggle.

Pull the low voltage wire out about six inches.


  Step 4

Disconnect the low voltage wire from the valve. If you think you need to restrip it go ahead. We restriped only a few of ours.


  Step 5

Connect the low voltage wire to the new inlet valve. You must use Full Face Basic Valves because they will cover the bolts.

Notice how the wires are connected and are up against the valve in a certain direction. This will make a flush mounting.

Wires can go on either screw through-out the home.


  Step 6

Put the new valve into the mounting plate. On this job it was a perfect fit around the plates gasket. If your retrofit feels loose, add a round and a half of black electrical tape tightly around the neck of the valve. If you want to run a "do I need tape" test before bolting the valve in, simply turn the vacuum power unit on, close the lid and listen for a major air leak at the valve. No leak - no tape needed.

It is important that you buy new bolts. The old ones heads are too tall and will not allow the new valve lid to close tightly. We bought one and a quarter inch long by 1/4 inch wide flat head tapered bolts. They worked perfectly.

On a few of the mounting plates we had to move the clip that the bolts screw into further apart from each other. (I think the new valve bolt holes are a little further apart than the old ones were.)

You'll need to screw the 1/4 inch wide bolt into the new plastic valve because the hole was molded for a slightly smaller bolt.

Tighten the bolts down but do not over tighten or the valve will bend and the lid will not seat properly or close straight.


  Step7

Close the new valve lid to see if it closes flush. Open and close it a couple of times to see if any adjustments need to be made.

YOU ARE DONE.

Good job and enjoy the new set-up! This family just loved the new valves and convenience of being able to turn the suction on and off at their fingertips. Not to mention the incredible amount of dirt the Stealth power brush cleaned from the carpet. The family also noticed how light weight, crush proof, and easy to use the new hose was. (At all six vacuum inlets there was an electrical outlet within 8-feet to plug the cord into.)


  Another upgrade.

The family who upgraded their inlets also removed their old Filtex central vacuum from their garage and replaced it with MD's SilentMaster. They loved how quiet it was and how much cleaner the exhaust was. The unit was more powerful than the Filtex and it was easy to install into their taped up old piping.