Installing and using a central vacuum system

Central vacuum with PVC piping

Installation during construction and installation in an existing home

Central vacuums require installing a piping system generally within the walls in order to connect the unit to the inlets. Installing this piping network is very easy during the construction of the house and can also be done in existing homes or during renovations.

Installation of a central vacuum with the retractable hose system

The installation of the retractable hose can be easily done even in an existing home, provided that certain conditions are present.

Requirements for the installation of a retractable hose:

  • The piping system must be long enough to contain the total hose length ;
  • Specific curves, throughout the piping, must be respected to keep the hose from automatically falling out of the inlet ;
  • The number of elbows/fittings allowed is limited to make sure the hose retracts efficiently ;
  • Specific elbows/fittings need to be used to connect the pipes between them, to allow the hose to smoothly glide inside the piping system.

Adding a PVC hose:

The main difference between installing a retractable hose and a mainstream suction system is that the pipe network must be able to store the entire length of the hose. We therefore have to add additional PVC hose lengths to the existing pipe network, which is relatively simple, if you have access to your basement ceiling.

If your basement ceiling is completely closed, you can still install a retractable system through the attic. This installation is usually done during renovation work, when some wall or ceiling sections are opened, thereby giving access to the existing pipe network.

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Installing a retractable hose system with an existing central vacuum cleaner

To ensure that your existing central vacuum cleaner is compatible with a retractable hose system, numerous factors must be considered, including the system’s power; however, the number of air watts alone will not suffice to answer this question.

The data to consider instead is the suction power, also called depression, water column or more commonly, suction. The reason is simple: it is only because of suction that the hose is retracted in the pipe network. As such, the suction generated by your vacuum cleaner must be sufficient to retract the hose efficiently.

This therefore also depends on the hose itself, the length of the pipe network connecting the retractable system socket to the vacuum cleaner, the number of sockets required for the installation, etc. A Cyclovac expert can analyze your specific situation and advise you accordingly.

Material required to install a central vacuum system

Connection to the pipe system only requires basic tools: a mitre box and a small saw or pipe cutter. To make things easier, installation kits, including the fittings, glue, low-voltage cable and instruction booklet, are available to guide you through each step.

Installing an exterior exhaust

If your vacuum cleaner has a tangential or peripheral motor and is installed in a room measuring less than 8’ x 10’ (2.44 m x 3.05 m), you will need outdoor ventilation.

It is important to note that it is always preferable to install an exterior exhaust from your central vacuum system for a number of reasons. First, this exhaust considerably reduces the device’s sound level and helps to evacuate germs and bacteria outside if there are any tears or punctures in your bag or filter. Lastly, it also allows the heat produced by the power unit’s engine to be redirected outside and not in the room where the central vacuum system is.

Things to verify before the first use of your central vacuum

Before operating your central vacuum, we recommend you read the whole owner’s manual and proceed with a quick verification of your unit’s installation.

  • For instance, you must verify that your central vacuum is properly connected to the piping system and to a grounded electrical outlet, and that the low voltage wires are connected to the unit;
  • Check the bag/filters to be sure they are properly installed and not damaged;
  • Check the rubber seals in each vacuum inlet.

Suction of liquid with a Cyclovac central vacuum

Your vacuum cleaning system is designed to collect everyday dry matter (dust). It is approved by authorized testing agencies for dry use only. Do not use on wet surfaces. Should you accidentally vacuum liquids, immediately unplug the unit from the electric outlet, then empty and wipe the dust receptacle with a dry cloth. After that, operate the system from the vacuum inlet through which you had previously vacuumed the liquid, in order to eliminate all moisture in the piping system.

We strongly recommend against vacuuming abrasive materials such as cement, plaster and gyproc dust. This fine dust could work its way into the motor, causing considerable damage. Should you do so inadvertently, immediately clean the filters and, as a precautionary measure, contact your authorized service center to determine the extent of the damage to the unit. Remember that in order for your warranty to remain valid, maintenance of the motor and repairs to the unit itself must be carried out by an authorized service center, using original Cyclovac or Trovac parts.

Trouble with your Cyclovac central vacuum?

Please consult your Cyclovac instruction manual. If none of the measures listed solve your situation, please contact the service center in your area.

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