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Video Tips for Kenmore Central Vacuum Systems

1. Introduction to Kenmore Central Vacuum Systems

We introduce you to older Kenmore Central Vacuums, main reasons why customers love their central vacuums and explain how the central vacuum works: covering the piping, unit, and the inlet valves. Next, we talk about inlet valves and how they work. Finally, we let you know that your Kenmore Central Vacuum is maintainable and upgradeable. MD's replacement parts and accessories are compatible with Kenmore systems!
Q and A
3 Questions

Highlights:
- Welcome to the best way to clean your home!
- How it works
- Type of wall inlet
- Upgrade and maintain with ease

Video products for sale:
FREE "Homeowner's Guide: Central Vacuum Accessories & Parts" 24-page Catalog covering compatible accessories and replacements. For details on Kenmore compatible products see our Kenmore section.

2. Filtration & Replacements for All Kenmore Central Vacs

All makes, models and years, we help you understand your Kenmore Central Vacuum Power Unit. Though they are built into your house, they are very easy to understand. The unit consists of three main compartments: the motor compartment, filtration, and debris collection. You'll see how to clean out the unit, and see what's inside the three compartments. The complete unit is also easily replaceable.
Q and A
4 Questions

Highlights:
- Understand the Power Unit
- How and when to empty
- What you can replace
- The entire unit is replaceable

Video products for sale:
*Filter #740 Mesh Replacement

See #13 for replacing motor.

Replacing the unit is quite easy, offers more power & better filtration, and one of our dealers can help.

*When using the #740 Filter you will need to cut it to to shape and use rubber bands to hold it.


3. Hose Replacement Option 1 for Electric Kenmore Vac Hose

We go over your first electric hose replacement option for your Kenmore Central Vacuum System. Your old hose may be in need of a replacement, but your Power-Mate may still be working.
Q and A
1 Question

Highlights:
- WE DO HAVE HOSES!
- Use newer style hose
- Ready to upgrade nozzle
- Available in 30ft & 35ft
- Need 2 or 3 adapters

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Order your complete Electric Hose Option 1 here.

Adapters:
Upper Wand #406SU
AC Adapter #480AC
Metal Stub Tube #302-1.25ST

Our Electric Hose (Option 1) is the latest and greatest hose technology for your older brush nozzle. The hose is lightweight and pliable; a dream to use. Requires two adaptors to fit it into the nozzle. The first adaptor is a new top wand (#406SU), which replaces your current top wand. The second adapter is a 6-inch cord to mate the nozzle's cord to the new hose and wand (#480AC). When your power nozzle stops working you can buy a newer style nozzle which mates with the new hose. If you have proprietary Kenmore inlet valves then you will need a metal stub tube hose adapter (#302-1.25ST) to allow the new hose to fit in your valves. We also sell the electric hose (Option 1) with this wall end adapter included. If you have standard inlet valves, then the hose will fit directly into your valves. Order your complete Electric Hose Option 1 here.


4. NO LONGER PRODUCED: Hose Replacement Option 2 for Electric Kenmore Vac Hose

Kenmore PowerMate Hoses were not available from Kenmore for many years. The only alternative "exact replacement" hose stopped production mid-2015. That means there are no hoses on the market that can replace this hose when using the Kenmore head. There are not wands/tubes that can make the conversion either. It is best to replace the hose, wands, and vacuum head with a complete new central vacuuum kit for Kenmore.
Q and A
1 Question

UPDATE:
- Hoses no longer available 2015.
- No adapters to mate head.
- Have to replace with new kit.

A new complete central vacuum kit will be compatible with all makes/models/years of Kenmore Built-in Vacuum Systems. The only difference may be an adapter needed for wall plates that have a 1-1/4" opening instead of the standard 1-1/2" opening. See our list of kits available for Kenmore Central Vacuums. Call us if you have any questions.


5. Parts for your Kenmore PowerMate Power Nozzle

We cover how to access the belt, bulb, and roller, and what parts are available as replacements.
Q and A
1 Question

Highlights:
- REPLACEMENTS HERE!
- Covers ALL models with this
   style body
- Ivory and grey color
- Parts & complete nozzle
- HOW TO access internally!

Video products for sale:
Replacements for PowerMate Brush & Parts (some parts sold under the name "Hayden" which is the same nozzle head)

Complete Replacement Kits

The Kenmore Power Mate vacuum nozzle head is not actually made by Kenmore and we sold under other names as well including Hayden. The Hayden/Kenmore head and parts are still available today! Let us help you get what you need, show you how to do it, and provide you with your options.


6. Non-Electric Hose Options for Kenmore Built-in Central Vacuums

We cover non-electric hose replacement options for your Kenmore Central Vacuum System. If you don't have an electrical PowerMate nozzle, then these hoses are great replacements. In fact, even if you have other hoses you can have any combination of hoses for your system!
Q and A
Have a Question?

Highlights:
- Non-electric hoses are here!
- Variety of hoses can be used
- Various features and lengths
- Fits all Kenmore systems

Video products for sale:
Basic Hoses
Stretch Hose
Low Voltage Hoses
Hose Socks
Extension Wands

Adapter:
Metal Stub Tube #302-1.25ST

We have three choices: Basic Hose, Stretch Hose, and the Low Voltage Hose. We explain the main features of each hose, and why any of them may be the right hose for you. Next, we discuss some of the extension wands we have for each of the hoses. Finally we introduce you to the Hose Sock; a handy accessory for your hose to protect your baseboards and furniture legs.


7. Attachment Kit Upgrades for your Kenmore Built-in System

We cover attachment kit upgrades for your Kenmore Built-in Vacuum System. It doesn't matter what model number, serial number, hose, power brush, or inlet valve you currently have, MD can supply a brand new attachment kit.
Q and A
Have a Question?

Highlights:
- All Kenmore Systems can
upgrade to a new kit!
- Variety of kits available
- Hose sock for current and new hoses you buy

Video products for sale:
Electric Attachment Kits
Air Driven Attachment Kits
Quick Clean Kits
Hose Socks

Adapter:
Metal Stub Tube #302-1.25ST

The hoses are crushproof, lightweight, and offer 27% more suction. There are several types of kits. The electric attachment kits are best if you have carpet and/or pet hair. They dig down deep in your carpet to make it super clean. The electric kits are also the quietest available on the market today. (Electric Kits for Kenmore) The air driven kits are excellent for minimal carpet. They are louder than electric kits, and slightly less efficient (in our opinion). (TurboCat, TurboCat Zoom). Another type of kit we have is a Quick Clean Kit. This kit comes with a stretch hose that is 6ft long when relaxed, but stretches to as long as 28ft. Hose Socks are also available. This handy accessory item goes over any hose (except the Stretch Hose) and protects your baseboards and furniture legs. It is important to determine which type of inlet valves you have before purchasing a new kit. You may either have proprietary valves or industry standard valves. If you have proprietary inlet valves, then you will need to purchase the metal stub tube; however, if you have standard industry inlet valves, then the new kit will fit directly into your inlets.


8. Storage Items for your Kenmore Central Vacuum

We go over storage tips and storage products for your Kenmore Central Vacuum. Do not leave the hose plugged into the wands of your power brush. Over time, it creates a stress fracture on the hose at the hose handle. We do have some solutions for this. After use, put the hose into 4 or 5 loops on the floor and then place it up onto a wall hose hanger (repeat this after each usage).
Q and A
Have a Question?

Highlights:
- Cleaner, more organized closets
  are easy with these super handy
  storage items

Video products for sale:
Nylon Plastic Wall Hanger
Hose Tote
Wired Hose Hanger
Tool Caddy
Wand Wall Clamp

MD has three different types of hose hangers: a nylon plastic hose hanger, a hose tote that hangs on a hook, and a wire hose hanger. Our tool caddy can be used for storing your accessories. We also have a wand wall clamp. The clamp screws onto the wall and hangs your wands and even your power nozzle. A real space saver! This gets the power brush and/or accessories up off the floor and onto the wall, and only needs a few inches of wall space depth.


9. Information on your Kenmore Inlets and Standard Inlets

In this video, we cover the different types of inlet valves found in your Kenmore Central Vacuum System, and how they work.
Q and A
1 Question

Highlights:
- Understand your vacuum inlet ports and which type you have.

Video products for sale:
Basic Inlet Valves

The two main types of inlet valves are the Proprietary Inlet Valves, and the more Industry Standard Basic Valves. Though the proprietary inlet valves are not sold anymore, we do have replacement inlets available (though it involves a lot of work to replace - see the next video). However, if you have any of the standard inlet valves, you can replace them with any of our basic inlet valves.


10. How to Replace Your Kenmore Inlet Valves

In this video, we are going to cover your options for replacing your Kenmore Inlet Valves.
Q and A
1 Question

Highlights:
- Understand your vacuum inlet
  ports and which type you have.

Video products for sale:
Basic Valves
Installation Materials

(Note: the #517 backing plate that attaches to the new tight 90 elbow needs to have its side flange cut off so it fits into the wall. The top and bottom of the #517 sandwich the wall as the new inlet faceplate is screwed down.)

If you have industry standard inlets, then you can replace them with any of our Basic Valves. However, if you have Kenmore proprietary valves, it is a big project to try and replace them. We will show you how to replace the proprietary inlets and list what parts are needed. Use regular PVC cement/glue for the connections but the faceplate is only screwed on. Here are the parts you need.


11. How to Replace the L-shape Fused Prong Plug in Your Hose

Here we instruct how to replace your old fused prong plug with a newer adaptor cord. It is a very simple task, and only takes minutes to accomplish. Begin by removing the old fused prong plug. Next, place male side of the new cord onto the female connectors at the hose. Finally, plug hose into inlet valve then plug the new cord into a nearby electrical outlet and you are finished. You now have a working hose once again.
Q and A
1 Question

Highlights:
- Quick and affordable fix
- Cord replaces old fuse & cord

Video products for sale:
#342COG - Generic 6ft Cord for Electric Hoses

Don't forget to visit us again for a new hose or complete hose and power brush kit. We have many choices will fit into your system no matter the age or model. NOTE: The video mentions cord #320. That cord has been replaced with cord #342COG.

12. Troubleshooting the Electronics in a Kenmore Central Vacuum

In this video, we cover troubleshooting the electronics in your Kenmore Central Vacuum Unit.

If your unit isn't working, you can replace the electronics to help repair your vacuum unit. This video goes over the different things to look for when your system has stopped working, and also lets you know which products you need to fix your central vacuum unit. We recommend hiring a professional electrician to replace any electronics.


13. How to Replace the Motor in your Kenmore Central Vacuum Unit

If the motor in your unit has stopped working - and we'll help you determine this- it can be easily replaced. Plus, we have the replacement motor you are looking for. All motors at BuiltinVacuum are brand new motors that will get your system up and running again, often with more powerful suction.
Q and A
4 Questions

Highlights:
- Is the motor really dead?
- How to replace your motor in
  less than a half an hour

Video products for sale:
Motor Reference Chart for Kenmore Central Vacs

Exhaust Coupling for 1-3/4" diameter PVC pipe

14. How to Add an Inlet Valve Anywhere in the House

Whether you are adding a new inlet valve, or need to relocate an existing inlet, you can add extra inlet valves almost anywhere in your house without breaking into a wall. We show you what parts you need to accomplish this task, and also give you some how-to tips along the way.
Q and A
Have a Question?

Highlights:
- Move vac pipes if needed
- Install more inlets as needed

Video products for sale:
PVC Pipe and Fittings

Basic Inlets

Note: the adapter #507P2, in PVC Pipe and Fittings, merges smaller diameter PVC to standard 2" outer diameter PVC and visa versa.

15. How to Add an Inlet to the Central Vacuum Unit Location

We also cover the parts you need, and offer some how-to tips along the way. If you've needed to vacuum in the area near your central vacuum but didn't have access, all of the how-to information is right here.
Q and A
1 Question

Highlights:
- Install inlet directly in PVC
- Basement or Garage too

Video products for sale:
PVC Pipe and Fittings

Note: the adapter #507P2, in PVC Pipe and Fittings, merges smaller diameter PVC to standard 2" outer diameter PVC and visa versa.

Accessories for your PowerMate and any Hoses or Kits

Don't miss out on accessories! They all fit your Kenmore System. Videos are available for most unique accessories.

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