Tom Lohr is an avid home improvement enthusiast. He prefers to spend the money he saves on new tools and gardening supplies.
Make Old New Again
Sometimes I am amazed at how much things cost. Things that used to be relatively affordable now seem outrageously expensive. Vacuum cleaners are no exception. When I was in the market for a new vacuum, the reviews of the Dyson battery powered models were very favorable. So favorable that I bit the bullet and dished out the coin for a vacuum cleaner that costs more than some cars I have purchased. Now, I am the proud owner of a Dyson V6 Animal.
With the exception of when it gets occasionally clogged, the Dyson has served me well. It sucks up nearly everything it runs over. Sadly, there came a day when it just would not hold a charge and became useless. I wanted to replace it with a newer model, but the price of these beasts have only gotten more expensive. Even after years of service, I was not prepared to shell out another $300 or so for a vacuum. To ease the pain, I decided to replace the battery and extend the life of my Dyson.
All battery-powered devices will eventually reach a day when their battery gives up the ghost. And the best way to avoid having to purchase a new unit is to replace the battery. Most electric/electronic batter-powered devices have this capability, with the exception of a few unscrupulous companies that make it impossible so you have to sell your house to buy a new one (I'm looking at you Apple). The Dyson vacuums have the capability to install a new battery and keep your investment working for years longer.
Replacing the battery on your Dyson is a simple task that anyone can do; that includes you. Don't succumb to the urge to splurge, give your Dyson a new lease on life. Here's how:
Acquire a New Battery
To replace the battery, you need a new one. The Dyson company sells replacements, but you can get a capable third party replacement for MUCH less. Amazon is your friend. Keep in mind that nearly every battery for a Dyson model is a bit different and you will have to look at your vacuum to get the model number. It's important when you order a new battery to read the fine print and ensure it fits you model. Many of the batteries look the same but have slight differences.
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Remove the Old Battery
Remove any attachments on your Dyson to make it easier to handle. There are two small screws that must be removed to detach the battery. The first is on the side that faces you when operating the unit, usually just above the hole where the power for charging is supplied. Simply unscrew it with a small, phillips head screwdriver. These screws are small; it is recommended to get an empty mug or glass to put them in while performing this task. They are easy to lose. Don't ask me how I know this.
The second screw is only accessible after you remove the debris canister. Some models are slightly different, but removing the canister is pretty straightforward . This usually involves pulling down a plastic lever to release it. After it's released, it just pulls off. Once the canister is removed you can access and remove the small screw on the side of the handle.
Once both screws are removed, you can pull the old battery out.
Install New Battery
Slide the new battery into the slot that the old batter came out of. Ensure it is seated properly. Replace the front and back screws. Replace the canister. At this point you should be able to test your unit as most batteries come with some sort of charge in them. Before proper use, place the Dyson on its charging station and allow it get a full charge.
Save, Don't Submit
In a world full of companies that want you to sustain them by buying new device after new device, it is refreshing to repair something and extend its useful life. You don't need the latest and greatest if what you have still works well. If Apple still supported it, I would still be using my iPhone 5. I didn't and still don't need anything added to the subsequent models. The same goes for your vacuum. If it sucks up dirt, keep it and save the cash.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.