I’m going to give you some great information in the event your vacuum needs repair. The first thing you should do is trouble shoot it yourself, and see if you can diagnose the problem. If you have no suction, check for a clog. If it’s not picking up see if your belt is broken. After you’ve checked the obvious, and it still isn’t working you’re probably going to have to take it in for repair. Go to the trusty internet, and Google vacuum repair. See if the repair shops near you have reviews submitted from customers. Check out how long they’ve been in business. Vacuum repair shops that have been around awhile usually are doing something right. When you walk in the door if the place is dirty, dark, and there are a bunch of old vacuums sitting around alarm bells should be going off. Request the person working take a quick look at your vacuum on the spot. If they try to push you into a new vacuum right off the bat beware. Most vacuums don’t have major problems and can be repaired. If you leave your vacuum request they call with an estimate before any work is performed. Also ask if there is a no fix charge if you decide to not have it repaired. A $20 no fix charge is very reasonable as it may take the mechanic a good half hour of his time to diagnose the problem. Lastly vacuum manufacturers are saying a vacuum purchased today has a life expectancy of 8 years. This in an average because some will last 30 years while others will last a year. If the repair estimate is close to half what you paid for the vacuum new, or you never did like the vacuum in the first place it might be time to check out a new vacuum. If you’d like more information about all things vacuum related click here.