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Filters, Motors & Parts for Vacumaid Central Vacuum

Motor Replacement Tips

  • Dying motors just stop, but can randomly work.
  • Motor is usually dead if you only hear a click or smell electrical.
  • Motor replacement instructions here. Skill level medium.
  • Find a replacement motor using the model search below.

Maintenance Tips for Vacumaid

Filtration for Vacumaid Central Vacuum

Some Vacu-Maid vacuum units have a screen that needs to be brushed off by reaching up into the unit.

Some had a mesh filter that can be replaced or removed permanently. To replace, buy the product below and cut to size using the old one as a template.

Other vacuum units had a foam filter about 6x6 or 8x8 inches:

How to convert an inverted cloth bag filtration type to a disposable bag type:

Remove bottom dirt holder and remove the inverted plastic cone. Put a PVC Coupling on the plastic pipe that enters through the side. Add a Bag Adapter to the Coupling and finally put a #723MF-5 bag on the Bag Adapter. Attach the bottom dirt holder and you are done! Click here for all the parts you will need.

3-Pack Central Vacuum Paper Bags
Replacement bag models take this bag Buy

Filters, Motors & Parts for Vacumaid Vacuum Power Units

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(Results include all instances, not just model number.)
Model # Motor 1 Motor 2 Filter Circuit Board
Vacumaid H-1
110-120 volts
H-1
Motor 201 Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
201
Motor Alternate: 207 Details & Instructions
Alternate: 207
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid H-7
110-120 volts
Motor 203 Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
203
Replaces 116507
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P-10
110-120 volts
Motor 205 Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
205
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P-100
110-120 volts
Motor 199 Details & Instructions
199
Replaces 116565
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P-110
110-120 volts
P-110
Motor 209 Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
209
Replaces 117073, 117795
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P-120
110-120 volts
P-120
Motor 201 Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
201
Motor Alternate: 207 Details & Instructions
Alternate: 207
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P-125
110-120 volts
P-125
Motor 201 Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
201
Motor Alternate: 207 Details & Instructions
Alternate: 207
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P-125-P
110-120 volts
P-125-P
Motor 201VF Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
201VF
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P-128
110-120 volts
Motor 207 Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
207
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P-215
110-120 volts
P-215
Motor 209 Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
209
Motor Alternate: 201 Details & Instructions
Alternate: 201
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P-225
110-120 volts
P-225
two piece
Motor 201VF Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
201VF
Motor Alternate: 207 Details & Instructions
Alternate: 207
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P-280
110-120 volts
Motor 209 Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
209
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P-325
110-120 volts
P-325
two piece
Motor 201 Details & Instructions
(Quantity 2)
201
Two motors
None
Filter not available.
Board 235L
235L
Vacumaid P-350
220-240 volts
P-350
two piece
Motor 201PX Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
201PX
None
Filter not available.
Board 236S
236S
Vacumaid P-60
110-120 volts
P-60
Not available from MD Vac
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P-70
110-120 volts
P-70
Motor 202Z Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
202Z
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P-80
110-120 volts
P-80
Not available from MD Vac
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P-90
110-120 volts
P-90
Motor 201 Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
201
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid P350P
110-120 volts
Not available from MD Vac
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid PX-120
110-120 volts
Motor 207 Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
207
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid S1200
110-120 volts
S1200
Motor 209 Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
209
Replaces 117073
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid S1600
110-120 volts
S1600
two piece
Motor 209 Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
209
Replaces 117795
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid S2000
110-120 volts
S2000
Motor 201VF Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
201VF
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid S2200
220-240 volts
Motor 199X Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
199X
Replaces 116565
None
Filter not available.
Board 236S
236S
Vacumaid S2600
110-120 volts
S2600
two piece
Motor 201P Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
201P
The shorter 119916-12 in mid-2007 to present models is not available here.
None
Filter not available.
Board 235S
235S
Vacumaid S3240
220-240 volts
S3240
two piece
Motor 201PX Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
201PX
None
Filter not available.
Board 236S
236S
Vacumaid S3250
220-240 volts
two piece
Motor 201VF Details & Instructions
(Quantity 1)
201VF
None
Filter not available.
Board 236S
236S
Vacumaid SR-36
All volts
Not available from MD Vac
None
Filter not available.

Only hear a "click" at the motor when trying to start the Vacumaid system? Or, does it shut off and start back up in a few minutes? These are common signs of a dead motor, which leaves two options: replace the motor or replace the unit. If you liked the amount of suction the Vacumaid model had, then replace the motor using the information above. If you'd like stronger suction, or a cleaner disposal system, then consider a different unit or alternative brand from MD Vacuum. Our units are Assembled in the USA with the finest materials and backed with excellent customer service.

Filtration Maintenance

Much like a regular portable vacuum, the basic maintenance of a Vacumaid Central Vacuum System is changing the bag, or, in most cases, emptying the dirt receptacle on the main unit. To do this, remove the base of the unit with a twist or by unlatching, then dump the debris and put a plastic bag over the bottom and shake the center-weighted cloth filter. On top emptying models simply open the top and remove the bag. On bottom models without a cloth filter, reach up and remove the mesh filter or clean the debris screen. Some models may have a foam filter that can be removed and washed and completely air dried.

Vacumaid Main Motor Maintenance

How a Vacuum Motor Works

All Vacumaid units used permanently sealed motors in their main collection unit. They require no lubrication or oiling. Routine maintenance for typical residential usage should include checking the motor brushes approximately every five years. While checking the motor brushes, make sure the center motor shaft is solid and has no play or wobble. If it does, the bearings are going out and the motor will need to be replaced. If the motor brushes are worn to 3/16 inch long, replace the motor brushes.

If the unit does not have any paper or cloth bag filtration, then a certain volume of debris may accumulate on the motor's internal fan blades. This is not easy to remove and any attempt to remove it has the high possibility of offsetting the balance of the fans. An imbalanced fan causes premature motor failure on the motor bearings.

Here are instructions for checking and replacing vacuum motor brushes. Motor brushes conduct electricity into the motor while touching the center shaft. Over time, they wear down. If they wear all the way down, they can damage the motor.

Click on the image above to understand how a vacuum motor works.

Vacumaid Pipe System Maintenance

Vacumaid Vacuum Pipe Maintenance Sheets

The pipes in your system should last for the lifetime of your home if properly installed. If black carbon dust has gathered on the exterior of the pipes through static electricity, it can removed with a damp, soapy cloth.

We recommend cleaning out the interior of the piping system at least once per year. The most effective method is with Free Flow Central Vacuum Maintenance Sheets. They do a couple of things. As the sheets are pulled through the pipes, they push along all kinds of items that sit in dead spots, as well as deodorize the hose, pipes, and unit. Some amazing things can be pushed out from your Vacumaid Central Vacuum pipes, resulting in better suction. We have seen Match Box Cars, C02 cartridges, pencils, rocks, paper clips, and huge clumps of nasty debris.

Vacumaid Vacuum Hose Maintenance

Your vacuum hose will last longer if it is stored on a hose hanger, always being detached from the vacuum after each use. Simply create four or five loops and hang it up. Consider a Hose Cover to protect the hose and your baseboards. See if any of these Storage Items can help your situation. Consider hose hangers, wand hangers, hose straps and more. You can get everything off the floor for a more organized closet.

Reminder Emails Sent to Empty Your Vacumaid Vacuum

Vacumaid Filtration Empty Reminder

Sign up for Free Quarterly Email Reminders to remind you to dispose of your central vacuum debris. Operating your unit with a full filter can reduce suction, making the unit run hotter and clean less efficiently. Your email will not be used for any other purpose, or be sold or borrowed. We simply want to help you remember to keep your Vacumaid Central Vacuum working at its top performance.

(The image above does not reflect all types of central vacuum filtration.)

Click Here to Start Your Reminders.

Troubleshooting Your Vacumaid Central Vacuum

Vacumaid Vacuum Troubleshooting and Repair

Self diagnose your system using this Interactive Troubleshooting and Repair Solutions Guide for Vacumaid Central Vac. We guide you through a simple, methodical deduction of tests and symptoms to find the problematic source of anything from:

We then offer a description of the problem and solutions to repair your Vacumaid Central Vacuum. We also have 100s of local, independent dealers you can reach out to for help.

Visit the Troubleshooting and Repair Solutions Guide for Vacumaid Central Vacuum

Vacumaid Central Vacuum Motor Replacement

Vacumaid Vacuum Motor Replacement Help

You have a couple of options when it comes time to replace the motor on your Vacumaid Central Vacuum. Contact a local dealer for service, or consider doing it yourself. Motors on the Vacumaid vacuum have a few fasteners and wires that need to be unattached, then reattached on the new motor. It should take less than one hour to change your motor(s). Here is a quick "how-to" change your motor:

  1. Use the Vacumaid Motor Replacement Parts Chart to find the right replacement motor for your Vacumaid model. When your new motor arrives, take some photos of your original motor so you remember how it was wired and secured.
  2. Turn off the circuit breaker or unplug the central vacuum unit.
  3. Access the motor by releasing the outer housing (usually a few screws around the perimeter). Remove the motor and unclip the motor wires from the components.

    Note: Your new motor may not have the correct wire ends. If that is the case, we recommend cutting the wires from the old motor and wire nutting the new motor wire to the old motor wire. Using the original wire with the correct end to attach to the components makes your job a lot simpler and the connections safe and secure.

Note that a motor may have many numbers on it, but typically the complete motor number starts with "11" followed by 4 more numbers and maybe a dash with two more numbers (e.g. 115334-00). Years ago, they didn't put the complete part number on the motor.

For more information, see our detailed Vacumaid Motor Replacement Instructions.

Circuit Board, Relay, Transformer, MiniBreaker

Vacumaid Circuit Board Replacement

All central vacuums have transitioned to an all-in-one control board. They no longer use (and rarely supply) replacement individual relays, transformers, and mini breakers. If your Vacumaid Central Vacuum needs a new relay, transformer, mini breaker, or even a new control board or circuit board, use one of these powerful, durable, cost-saving central vacuum circuit boards. The reality is, a central vacuum really only requires a motor and one circuit board. Some models have a couple of boards or fuses and multiple components that appear to be important, but they can usually all be removed and replaced with a single circuit board. It is not terribly difficult to retrofit a circuit board. An electrician can do it in under an hour.

To find the circuit board you need, verify the number of motors in your unit and the amperage requirements. The most common board replacement for Vacumaid Vacuums is the Vacuum Motor Circuit Board for Single Motor Units 110 Volt and it may need to be retrofitted. For other voltages and motor configurations choose one of these Durable Generic Circuit Boards made by the industry leading manufacturer. Or, use your model number and the Motor Replacement Parts Chart for Vacumaid to see our recommended circuit board. There are other Generic Circuit Boards for units with different voltage and multiple motors. Print and use the large photograph of the board as the wiring guide.

Motor Brush Help for Vacumaid Central Vacuum

Vacumaid Motor Brush Help

The Vacumaid motor has two carbon brushes in each motor that wear down but can be replaced before they damage the motor. Vacumaid motor brushes should be checked every five years in typical residential applications and should be replaced if the 3/4 inch-long solid carbon "brush" is worn down to anywhere near 3/16 inch. Here are instructions for Checking and replacing vacuum motor brushes. Motor brushes conduct electricity into the motor while touching the center shaft. To find the replacement motor brush for your Vacumaid Central Vacuum, type the motor replacement number (not brand model number) in the search box and the motor brush will come up in the search result; instructions are on the motor brush page.

Know that the Vacumaid motor may go bad for other reasons, such as bad bearings or dust build-up in the motor (both are not repairable). If your motor brush doesn't show up under your original motor model number, replace the motor, not the motor brush.