New Owner Information for AirVac Central Vacuum

Welcome to Central Vacuum Cleaning!

Congratulations on your new home and acquisition of a built-in central vacuum system. You will discover your AirVac central vacuum to be vastly superior to other cleaning methods. Central vacuums offer ample power and versatility to clean anything, anywhere, with no offensive odor or distracting noise. The only real maintenance required is emptying the collection tank periodically. All components of the system can be repaired in the event of damage, and individual accessories such as tools and hoses can be upgraded upon request.

What is a Central Vacuum?

A central vacuum is a built-in appliance in which the main suction unit (also known as a power unit) is installed in another part of the house (such as the garage, basement, or utility room). From that location, PVC pipes extend through interior walls and connect to wall ports, called inlet valves, at various locations within the house. Once a long vacuum hose is plugged into an inlet valve, a powerful suction starts and vacuuming can begin. Accessories for the AirVac vacuum are available for cleaning hard-to-reach areas like ceiling fans, light shades, and corners. There are even accessories for outdoor use, including garages and patios. What makes your Central Vacuum System unique, is that the debris the system collects is not just suctioned up, but it is actually removed from the living area, leaving no unpleasant odor.

Central Vacuum Instructions

Central vacs are easy to use. Simply plug the hose into any wall inlet and begin vacuuming. The suction will start instantly, or there may be a switch on the hose handle to control the suction. There may be a switch on the main vacuum power unit, and it should be left "off," which is the standby position. Dirt and debris are transported from the vacuum hose to the pipes in the house and are deposited in the main collection unit. From there, exhaust is dispersed or is vented outdoors. When you are finished vacuuming, simply turn the suction off on the hose handle or unplug the hose, leaving the inlet valve door open momentarily to allow the pressure to level off. Maintenance is also a breeze: check the filter, which is located at the top or bottom of the main unit, and clean or replace when needed (paper filters should be changed, while cloth and pleated filters may be shaken out or replaced).

Top Reasons to Use a Central Vacuum

User satisfaction surveys reveal the following as the top three reasons for switching from portable vacuums to a central vacuum:

  1. Less Noise. Because the main power unit of the system is removed from the main living area, there is very little noise when the system is being operated. New users tend to be surprised they can actually talk on the phone or watch television while the vacuum is in use.
  2. Ease-of-Use. Armed with only a lightweight hose and powerful suction at the end, cleaning the house is less cumbersome than using unwieldy portable systems. (Buy a Stretch Hose and increase the ease-of-use factor ten-fold for quick clean-ups.)
  3. Allergy Relief. Allergy sufferers always notice a reduction in their symptoms after installing a central vacuum system. The reason for this is simple: unlike portable vacuum cleaners, central vacs not only suction up allergens but they actually remove allergens from the living area. For more reasons to use a Central Vacuum, read here.

When storing your hose, always disconnect the primary hose from any accessories, and then make 4 or 5 loops before hanging the hose up. Taking care of your equipment in this way will make the hose last longer. We also have storage supplies.


Basic maintenance for the filtration, motor, hose, and pipes is provided on the motor replacement page. The main requirement is to empty the debris, and either change a bag, or shake out a filter on a regular basis.

Testing System

You may want to call a dealer to assess the system, or you can do it yourself. Use this troubleshooting guide to check the functionality of everything from the ground up. Solutions are suggested for common problems.

Invest in Your Home

A proper working central vac with quality accessories has immediate returns for everyone. And from an investment standpoint, a built-in appliance will usually add around $2,000 value to your home's resale value.