Old Hose Missing Connection
I ordered several of these inlets a few weeks ago to replace nonfunctioning ones within a 25-plus years old central vac system (Colt Auto-Maid). Unfortunately, they do not power up when the hose is inserted. Jumping out the low voltage connections does start the vacuum, so I know there are no wiring problems. After careful examination, it looks as though the contacts in the inlet are set too far back to make contact with the metal ring on my hose end. Do you agree that my next step would be to order a new hose cuff with metal ring (Part # 302HCR)? If not, any suggestions, please? Debbie Ethel, LA
Hi Debbie, good job assessing the situation. Your hose end it not reaching the contacts inside the inlet hole. The easiest, most cost effective solution is to put a new hose cuff on your hose. The 302HCR cuff fits any central vacuum hose. The next best solution is to replace your old hose. A new hose will give you over 25% more suction (because it is smoother inside and old hoses have micro holes and cracks in them), will be easier to use and more gentle on your home. The best hose for you is the Low Voltage Hose, them the Basic Hose saves you a couple of dollars but is not nearly the quality or convenience of the Low Voltage Hose.