Having problems with your Vacuums ?

Its for a central vac system. I have very low suction power. I've emptied the dirt trap. It seems the fan is working ok, so I guess theres a clog somewhere but I have no idea how to find and fix it. I have no manual on the unit as it was in the house when we bought it. I'd guess its same age as house (19 years old). Any advice would be graetly appreciated!

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Usually, low suction would indicate access ports allowing air to enter the system. Easy to test system however. Test vacuum first. Remove intake hose to vacuum ( at the vacuum canister ) and place your hand over intake. You should feel considerable suction at first then motor will sound differently as it changes speed usually will increase as you restrict the intake (if you completely block intake the motor will speed up as there is no air to move). If you do not feel considerable suction at vacuum intake, have the vacuum motor checked for internal blockage. If there is very good suction, reinstall the vacuum line to the unit and carefully check each port looking / listening for air entering thru seal (each access port needs to seal if one or all are leaking or if a port is open you will not have good vacuum). If all ports are sealed, next check for differences in the amount of suction at each port (could indicate if clog in the system). Usually a clog will not affect all the ports. If you suspect clog in one or more rooms ports, use a portable vacuum cleaner with suction hose and reverse vacuum the lines. If nothing comes out of the system when your reverse vacuum, you may have a broken line within the walls. Not so easy to repair but not impossable. Good luck
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