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Is there a second filter

\015 I have cleaned the b"bag" filter very well and people familiar with other central vacuum say it still has lower suction than others. Is there a secondary filter system which should be cleaned or replaced too?\015

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You have not posted a brand, however central vacs with an internal hanging `self cleaning ` filter seldom contain another filter with the exception of Eureka or Kenmore which may have a secondary optional paper filter installed. Check the bucket and the gasket first. Eureka and Kenmore made by Eureka are prone to a defective gasket which disintegrates with wear. The bucket should sit snug on any unit with no play.
To test for proper suction check at the vac intake itself. If the suction is strong here and weak elsewhere your problem will be either a clogged vac line, a leak in a pipe or an inlet door sagging open, last of all a clogged or partly clogged hose.
Check your hose by dropping a coin through the handle and shaking it down to the other end. If a coin makes it through your hose is clear.
You can test each inlet with a numbered tissue and your hose. Mark one for each inlet and check the tank to see what made it through. If any fail to make it through, go to that inlet with another vac and draw the blockage backwards out the inlet. Then retest
Also listen for a hiss at each inlet with the hose plugged in elsewhere. The hiss indicates a leak behind the inlet in the wall. Check for worn seals or misaligned o rings in the backing plate where the inlet connects.
Last of all inspect the pie for possible cracks from impact . If you listen closely you will hear an audible echo along the pipe path (even within the wall) if a connection has separated or a pipe is damaged.
Please post back with what you find or if you need more help.
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