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Hide-A-Hose Added to Existing System?

I have recently purchased a home with an existing CV450 and wanted to know if I could add (1) hide a hose for one area of my home to make it more convenient and not have to store a hose for this area of my home. It would be much nicer to have the hosing stored inside the wall/piping etc and not have to hang it on the wall as this room is located in an area further away from my other rooms. My system does not have hide-a-hose so I'm not sure if a hide a hose will even work with my existing system (I have no idea how the piping was installed into the home with bends/turns etc being the main concern)

Answer:

Yes, you can retrofit a new Hide-A-Hose (HAH) valve into your home and tie it into the existing pipe run in your attic or basement. Your CV450 is powerful enough to pull in a 50ft hose. You'll need quite a few parts to make this happen, and some tips as well. It is a difficult. Did you look up a dealer using your zip code and ask if they can install this for you?

CV450 Replacement Hose

I have a Nutone central vac model number cv450, what is the replacement hose number? Michelle Terre Haute, IN

Answer:
A number of different hoses where use with that model. The way to know what hose you need is by the wands and carpet brush you use. Please provide that information or better yet send us a photo of what you have. If you don't have any accessories then we suggest a Low Voltage or Electric Hose, or even a complete hose and tool kit. Call us for more understanding of your options, if you'd like.

Rebuild Motor or Replace Motor?

We have an old cv-350c started running rough and now shorts out. Thinking bearings need to be replaced on both motors. Can this be done? If so where do we purchase bearings? Thanks. Elaine in Georgetown

Answer:
The motor most likely needs to be replaced, not rebuilt. These motors are made to last 1000, or so, hours and be replaced as there are a lot of parts that get worn and used. Not sure where to get the bearing but we do sell a lot of replacement motors for the CV350. The replacement motor is here https://builtinvacuum.com/help/nutone/motor.html.

Broan V28C-3 Central Vac

I have a Broan V28C-3 Central Vac. I need a replacement floor brush for this. Can you please advise me on the correct part number? It is the type that has a button to click it into place. Thanks. Janice

Answer:
Broan didn't make vacuum heads but used ones from places like Eureka. This one here should work very well with your system. Let us know if you have any questions. https://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=482E

New Home, Need Hose and Brushes.

I have a nutone cv 450 and would like to replace the hose and brushes. We bought the house with the central vac system but I would like to get some new parts. What do you reccomend? Stephanie Johnston RI

Answer:
We have some great choices for central vacuum kits and they all fit your Nutone System. If you have some rooms with wall-to-wall carpet consider an electric powered vacuum hose and head. If not, then stick with the non-electric kits and save money. All kits come with accessories to do hard floors. Start here and let us know if you have any questions. https://builtinvacuum.com/help/nutone/kits.html

Repair Hose from 1990s?

I have a 1992 Nutone Model CV353. The hose is good, all except at the handle it has a crack (hole). Is there a replacement handle for this model. It has an on/off switch at the handle. (low voltage) ? I hate to replace a good hose if I don't have to.

Answer:
Hoses with a switch cannot be repaired when they tear. Sorry to say it but you'll need a new hose. If the hose is as old as 1992 then it has more issues than you realize. If you buy a new hose and see the difference in the suction you'll be amazed. We guarantee it.

All Hoses and Attachments Compatible?

I have a NuTone model CV450W. Will all above hoses/attachments and accessories fit?

Answer:
Yes, all the hoses and attachments fit all Nutone systems. The only thing is if you have the inlets that are wider than tall, the Basic Hose for Nutone will fit, not the industry standard one. Most people buy the Low Voltage or Electric Hoses. Thanks for asking!

CV450 Motor Brushes

I have a Nutone cv450 central vacumn and i want to replace the motor brushes. I need instruction as to how to replace them. Frank, Florence, SC

Answer:
Here are general instructions https://builtinvacuum.com/motorbrush.html. The CV450 is tricky though because the motors are in series and more difficult to work with. Another issue is that the replacement motors you see online for the CV450 are many times not the original motors (which require original brush replacements). If you are lucky the 6 digit motor number is on the original motors and starts with 11, whereby you can see if brushes are available for them online. Having said all that, motors run in that model for about 800 hours and then need to be replaced, not repaired. We have many customers who have this model and find replacing the motor much more rewarding than trying to fix the motor which may not last long.

CT-700 Electric Vacuum Hose Replacement

Charles Fruitland Park, Fl will hose 353gc work with nutone ct-700 electric power brush used with a nutone ct-170 or ct-175 wand

Answer:
Yes, the Electric Hose for Nutone found here will work properly with the CT700 Power Head. https://builtinvacuum.com/help/nutone/hoses.html

Nutone 398 Power Head Replacement

I have a nutone 350 central vac with 398 power head. The belt drive on the power head doesn't seem to line up quite right, resulting in either belt running off or eventually coming apart. I've tried to shim the motor, but it still doesn't set quit square with the brush. Is it fixable or if it needs to be replaced, what is recommended? Lot of carpet in house. 398 has about 4ft, 2 pin cord coming out of powerhead that clips to metal wand. Ben, B.C.

Answer:
That is something you probably can't fix meaning you need to replace the head. You probably have several options. The best options include relacing the head and the connection wand. We recommend the Ace here: https://builtinvacuum.com/parts/all/ace-parts/replacements/ct20-power-brush/,406ATQ

Machine Wash Filter?

Our Broan Model V28C-3 needs the filter cleaned. Can I put it in the washing machine and then air dry?

Answer:
This filter is very old and should be replaced. We do not recommend machine washing it. However you wash it, be sure it is completely dry before replacing.

Electric Powered Replacements for All Nutones

What are my choices in replacing my Nutone 350 30 ft hose and electric power brush (cord separately plugs into electric outlet). Terry NJ

Answer:
The electric kits for Nutone are excellent replacements. We recommend the quality Stealth or Ace Kits. They both fit into your system and are available with pigtail electric cords.

Nutone Hose Fuse Parts

NuTone CT600 Unit has suction but the power head quit working. Purchased Quietdrive and it did not work. What other issue may I have? Noticed néw powerhead's light did not light up. Circuits good Thank you, Cissy

Answer:
The hose may have a short in it. That is most always the wall end with the molded in diode fuse. The pigtail cord or the two pin direct connect plug need to be replaced. If your hose looks like this then you can use the parts listed in the Nutone Hose and Fuse Parts https://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=electrichose,352CP,352CO

New to Central Vac - Testing and Accessories

We recently purchased a 20 year old home with a Nutone Central vac unit, CV352. The previous owners did not use the unit and had no hose or accessories. The only info we have about the unit is the model number and an instillation guide and a Homeowner's Operating Instruction booklet ( both of which say they are for models: CV350, CV353, CV450, and CV 553; no mention of CV352). We are assuming that it is a low voltage system since the only outlets mentioned in the instillation guide are Model 360 and 330; both low voltage. Our question is are there any electric driven options for us to purchase? What type of hose and accessory kit do we need? Should we be able to make this a functioning unit? The unit does work and provide suction.Thank you. Margie. Powell,Oh

Answer:
Congratulations on the home and barely used central vac! The first thing to do is run through this guide to be sure the basics are working properly (vacuum tank works, valves engage suction, and proper suction at each valve) www.builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html. To test each valve simply use a metal tool to touch the metal contacts INSIDE the 1-1/2" diameter hole. As a side note, the manual is for the 352 as well. Regarding low voltage, each valve as low voltage and some homes have high voltage which is two holes above or below the main suction hole. The holes will be 3/8 inch apart and small. If you don't have electric valves you can always use an electric hose and vacuum by simply buying a "corded" version. That means there is an eight foot pigtail cord attached to the wall end of the hose they plugs into a nearby electrical outlet. Really easy to do and the cord is not something you have to drag around because the wires are integrated into the hose for the entire length. You can check it all out here as well as other compatible parts for Nutone https://builtinvacuum.com/help/nutone/kits.html. Let us know if you need any other help.

Switch for Gas Pump Handle

Hello I have a Broan Built in vac system approx 10 years old, Model V28C-3, I believe the hose assemly is a BN 32DV.I need electricial replacement parts ( wire harness) for the Gas pump style head.Could you please advise me on part # etc. for ordering. Thank You Peter

Answer:
We have a wiring harness for a gas pump handle here. The hose it fits is also in the link for you to compare. Disregard the color of the plastic. https://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=352GS,352GC.

New Home, Old Vac, Where to Start

New Home, Ancient Central Vac System We just moved into a home (built in 1970) that has an original Nutone Central Vac System for every room. There is every indication that this system was original to the home. The home was severely neglected over the last 15 years, and we have no idea whether the vac works or not. The unit is a sepia and almond metal combo, with no model name, model number or serial number that I can see anywhere. There are no vacuum cleaner attachments in the house that we've found. If it works, we'd like to try it out. What should our next steps be?

Answer:
Sounds like a fun project that will pay off with a good cleaning system. Run through this chart first and then call us for technical help and we'll be sure you are good and ready for hose and tools before you invest them. https://builtinvacuum.com/flowchrt.html

Broan CV40 Hose and Tools

I need a new hose and power head for a broan cv40. Sharon, Monroe City

Answer:
Broan is the same as Nutone. Use this page to see what complete kit is best for your cleaning needs and budget. They are all compatible and you save money buying it all together.

Wheels Falling Off

Wheels fall off of our Nutone Cenral Vac Head. What are our options. Joe Raleigh NC

Answer:
Nutone used several different heads. We have replacement heads and some wheels depending on the model. Please send us a photo of the head for more details.

Replacement Electric Hose

I need an electric hose for my CV353W. Which one is the right replacement hose? Thank you!!

Answer:
Choose the length and wall end electrical connection type (cord or pins) from the Electric Hose page here https://builtinvacuum.com/hoses/electrichoses.html. These hoses are incredible replacements for Nutone systems and fits all models.

Wand Stuck to Hose

Any known issues with nutone vacuum hose part ch515 becoming stuck on wand part ct175 ? Mine has always been hard to put on and off. This time it is stuck. I am using release button, gently wiggling, cannot get it off.

Answer:
No known issues that we know of but the components are made within tolerances that may not match as good as at other productions.

Nutone CV-350W Help

Hi, I just bought a house which has a NuTone CV-350W system and I am trying to remove the bottom part (low pail/clamp) which houses the vacuum bags but it is stuck. Any suggestions? Also what attachments would I need for hardwood cleaning and carpet cleaning? Where can I find replacement vac bags and the manual for this unit? Thanks!

Answer:
When a pail is stuck it has to be forced open with downward pressure, soft hammering, and/or prying. Once opened, plan on opening it at least twice a year. Inside there should be a replacement paper bag (which we have), and for a manual, we can help you understand what you need to know as they are quite simple machines. For the hose and tools you have a number of great options, the best being the TurboCat Deluxe Kit under air driven kits. All these parts and helps are found here https://builtinvacuum.com/help/nutone.html

Nutone Electric Hose

I have an older Nutone current carrying hose that, when the handle is moved to certain positions, the vacuum unit quits. I figure it has a broken wire near the handle a needs a new hose. However it does not have pins on the wall-end, there is just a blank plate. (the ones I see on your site have pins) My wall inlets do not have dual pins either (standard inlets - the original Broan unit in this house was not a current carrying hose. The hose has a short AC pigtail that plugs in close to the vacuum inlet. What current carrying hose would fit this? Or is it possible to repair the hose I have? Thanks Paul Dyersville

Answer:
The cord on your hose is the corded option, the other picture of the wall end of the hose. Electric hoses can be found here https://builtinvacuum.com/help/nutone/hoses.html

Cloth Bag Removal

I need to clean or replace the cloth weighted filter bag on a Broan central vac model V-17. I do not have a manual and cannot figure out how to remove the bag.

Answer:
grab the material near the edge and pull to the center. Once the rim is loose, pull down.

Nutone CV450W Replacement Relay

I have a Nutone Model CV450W, it does not swith off from the outlet, I have to unplug the system in the basement, the relay assembly has a lot of wires going into it, do I need to replace this and if so which relay matches my model.Thanks.

Answer:
That is the relay going out, stuck in the "ON" position. You can use our generic relay found here, https://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=242 The blue words in description are links for the wiring diagrams for vacuums based on number of motors, click the appropriate one for your system to see the diagram.

Nutone CV350W Inlet Move

We have a model CV-350W vac system put in 16 years ago when we built our house. I haven't used it in years because of problems with the power brush for carpet but now the downstairs is all wood and tile so I'd like to start using it again. Also, it's located in the laundry room and it needs to be moved. I'm trying to locate flexible tubing to move it to a more convenient area of the laundry room. I'm told comes in 3 foot lengths. What I don't know is what it's made of, in order to see if it is flexible enough to work and also where to buy it. Any help would be appreciated. Cece Broussard, LA

Answer:
We do carry the flexible pipe and hose clamps needed here https://builtinvacuum.com/retail/shopretail.php?part_no=340,5340c It is made of plastic and is sold by the foot, cut to the ordered length. It is highly recommended to keep the use of flexible pipe to a minimum due to the increased friction on the inside of the tubing. If you are planning on using this for a run of over 6 feet, it is recommended to use standard vacuum tubing to maintain system performance.