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Retractable Hide-A-Hose Retrofit Installation

I am looking for an after market (to be installed in a system 10 years old), in wall hose retracting system. (I am tired of coiling up hose all the time). Have heard of them and am interested in finding out about them. Tim G. Kalispell, MT

An after market installation of Hide-A-Hose is a fantastic idea. We have dealers who specialize in it but it can be something you do yourself. We can sell you parts but they are not all viewable online do to the manufacturer's restriction. Here is our information page https://builtinvacuum.com/hide-a-hose/index.html. Let us know where you want to go from here.

Troubleshoot Low Suction

We have a CV-11 unit. It is not picking up dirt as it used to. Do I need to replace a filter or something in the motor unit? I replace the bags frequently in the tub next to the motor, so that is not the problem. Thank you! Joy, Sterling

Please take a moment to systematically troubleshoot this issue using this guide and solutions page www.builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html. Let us know if you need more help from there.

Vacumaid P125 Screen Cleaning

i replaced the motor on my p125 with a lamb 11534. The top screen seems to clog much faster than before. very little of the debris falls to the bottom. Is there anything I can do to increase the interval between screen cleanings. Will cleaning the plastic cone do anything to increase the cyclonic action? tks Laurel-Buffalo

Your unit is cyclonic and most did not have any other type of filter other than that screen. If your model did not come with the foam filter option, then there really isn't much you can do other than continuously clean the screen. Cleaning the plastic cone at the bottom will not affect the cyclonic action of the unit.

Central Vac International Model CV-11 Bag Cleanable?

Central Vac International Model CV-11, can I immerse the bag/filter that is inside the canister in water to clean it? Someone above asked about the replacement cloth bag that I am talking about, it's the bag type thing that is inside the canister where the dirt ends up. Mine is probly over 30 years old and really dirty, the old owner never cleaned it.

The cloth bag can be removed and cleaned. Use warm water and a mild detergent, just be sure it is completely dry before putting back in the system.

CV-250 Filters

I have a new CV 250, would like to buy bags, please let me know which is the right kind to order? Does a bag last for a while? Esther

Hello, you will take one of these bags https://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=722,722L,723. The first two are the same but have different lengths (doesn't have to be exact) and the third is totally different and it will be obvious if you take it or not.

Motor Home Installation, Need Hose and Tools

Hi, I have a 1979 Executive Motor Home with a Central Vac International cleaning unit. Are your hose and accessories compatible? Thanks.

Yes, our hose and accessories are compatible with your central vac!

CV11 Replacement Bag

Hi, I have and Central Vac Model CV-11 and need replacement bags. Can you tell me where I need to go to get these and what the name of the item is? Rebecca in Prospect

Hi, the bags are available online here https://builtinvacuum.com/help/centralvacint/motor.html or you can click directly here to buy them https://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=722. It is bag #722.

Replace Pop-out Inlets

Hello, I have an old system powered by Central Vac. The inlets have push button switches under the covers that turn on the unit when they open. Where can I get more of these type of inlets or what should I do to replace broken inlets of this type. do you have them? thanks alot for your time. chuck shotwell Chicago

Hi, the button pops out by itself and stays out keeping the suction on, right? There are two screws - on at the top and one at the bottom about 4 inches apart. If this is the case then you can replace the inlets with the fullface basic inlets. If the original ones used a 1/4 inch wide bolt you will have to buy tapered end ones from the hardware store instead of the bubble end ones used. Here are the basic inlets https://builtinvacuum.com/inlets/basic.html.

Model 612, Bag 624A?

Hi, I have a Central Vac Model 612 Serial # MR 18308 and need bags 624A. What is compatible? Thanks. Marianne Lake Havasu Arizona

Hi Marianne, we show that all models take the first filter here https://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=722,722L

CV-150 Central Vac

My motor burned out after more than 30 years of use! What do I get to replace: Central Vac International, Inc. CV-150-L-10, 13 W. When we remodeled 10 years ago, the pipes were revised, and the switching mechanism changed to the kind that powers on when the tube is plugged into the wall, rather than by push buttons. The push button at the motor was removed. I don't know if this would influence what motor to use to replace this one. Earl Palmer, Lake Oswego, OR

Hi Earl, whatever motor you need it will work with the switching as you have it. To find the right motor you can match it to one of these, call us when you are with the motor, or send us a digital photo. https://builtinvacuum.com/help/centralvacint/motor.html

Using Other Brand Accessories?

I have a central vac international, can I use air vac electrical attachments Samar from easton

Hello Samar, yes you can use a complete hose and tool kit from any other brand. It will fit your vacuum inlets and work with your vacuum unit.

Hayden, same as Kenmore, Kit Fit CVI?

I have a central Vac International Inc model # cv-150-l-28 will your kenmore electric hose and accessories fit my current system. My outside hose diameter is 2" and inside diameter is 1.5". my current hose is about 1 3/8" in diameter. I also have a kenmore whispertone canisterthat has a beater bar. I love it. Is this feature available in the electric powermate for the my central vac system. How does your system compare with a Beam? Please e-mail me asap I am anxious to purchase. Heidi Arendt

The Hayden kit is powerful, you are correct. They did away with the beater bar but it still has wonderful cleaning action, there was not too much of a compromise. Any of the Hayden Kits (same as PowerMate) will fit into your Central Vac International system without any modifications. Enjoy!

Wiring in Home for Older Central Vac Int.

I need a wiring diagram for a Central vac Int. Inc. Model cv7 serial no. 78274 860 w 120v. I have 5 wires doming from 5 outlets with a switch on each outlet and as well as an "on" light. There are five wires coming from the motor switch: red white black green & yellow

Hello, please contact us for directions or how to find assistance. If you every need excellent accessories for you vacuum please remember us!

Cloth Bag Needed

Can you supply a cloth bag for a central vac CV11? Ian Melbourne Australia. If so can you arrange freight?

Hello, we are not aware of the cloth bag that you need. Please send us a photo for reference. Thanks.

Motor for CV-16

Does the lamb 115330 motor replace the motor on a central vac international. model cv-16.

Sorry we don't carry the motor for this unit. Please search the web for a motor number 116118.