Originally Posted by gtmtnbiker
Do you have carpets? We do have 2 cats that shed a lot but we don't have rugs except for a couple of area rugs. It's all hardwood/tiles. When your vacuum stops working, what part is broken? The brush/beater? The suction?
Mostly all carpet in the apartment with a 50lb border collie. I've been pretty successful with belt replacements, hidden bottleneck cleanouts, and even replacing the brush roller. When the motor stops I give up. Mine was a $60 vacuum to begin with, and I had already put $15 replacement parts in. Wasn't about to troubleshoot it's internals to fix it again, they're disposable tools in my mind. I'll probably replace it again in 5 years.
Best Buy, Frys, Walmart, etc really come through in a pinch