How Long Does A Central Vacuum System Last?

When making repairs or replacing items in your home, you want something that can go the distance and last a while. When it comes to vacuums, there is an option that can save you time and money in the long run—central vacuums. If you are thinking about adding a central vacuum system to your home (or maybe you're buying a new home with a central vacuum) you might be wondering how long these devices actually last. For your convenience, we brought you the answer.

Experts agree that central vacuums can last 20 years or longer depending on the way you take care of the vacuum. Proper maintenance makes all of the difference when it comes to extending the life of your system.

If you want the scoop on central vacuums, how long they last, and how you can keep them working well for years to come,  you can find it here. In this guide, we'll explore this topic in greater detail. Read on to learn more!

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How Long Will They Last?

Central vacuums have been around for many years, and their popularity has not waned. One of the reasons for this is because they last for a very long time—20 years or more. Most traditional vacuums only last eight to 10 years, so for someone who wants a system that they won't have to think about replacing for a while, a central vacuum system might be your best bet. 


If you want your central vacuum to last for 20 years or longer, you're going to have to take care of it. Like traditional vacuums—although a lot less frequently—central vacuum canisters need to be emptied of dirt and debris, and the bag needs to be changed as needed if it has one.

It's a good idea to check the motor every so often to make sure it sounds normal. Be sure to check the hoses and attachments out to make certain they are not clogged and are free from debris. Every so often, you might want to have a repair person come out and inspect the system, so you're absolutely sure it will be in tip-top shape. 

Don't Misuse Your Vacuum

In addition to regular maintenance, you want to make sure you're treating your vacuum well. That means you shouldn't be sucking up large objects that could eventually clog it and damage it. You also want to be careful with the hose and attachments. The hoses are very long, so be careful not to get them caught on or under anything while you're vacuuming.

Central vacuum wall

How Does A Central Vacuum System Work?

Central vacuums are pretty simple to understand. Throughout your house, inlets are installed, which look kind of like large power outlets, connecting pipes that run through your walls. You can plug the vacuum hose into any of these inlets, and then, the dirt and debris is sucked up into the vacuum hose, goes through the pipes, and is taken to the main canister, which is typically located in a garage or basement. The canister then needs to be emptied every three to six months. 

How Long Do Central Vacuum Motors Last?

The motors on central vacuums typically last about 800 to 1,100 hours. When the motor on your central vacuum decides to quit on you, you can have it replaced for about $100 to $300. The process of replacing the motor is not difficult, and many people opt to do it on their own without the help of a professional. 

Central vacuum cleaner hose in the basement of the house

Central Vacuum Advantages and Disadvantages


Central vacuums definitely have their pros and cons. If you are looking for the positives of a central vacuum, there are quite a few reasons to install one or purchase a home that already has one.  The fact that it lasts longer than other vacuums is a huge plus. There is also the ease of a central vacuum. You don't have to lug a big vacuum all over your house. It's especially nice if you have stairs.

Then there is the allergy factor. With a central vacuum, everything is vacuumed up and sent to a canister away from the main part of the home, so the air quality in your home is better. Furthermore, central vacuums are typically more powerful than regular vacuums, they are usually quieter, and they don't have to be cleaned as often.


Although it seems like central vacuums are the perfect solution for anyone looking for a better way to vacuum, there are some downsides to having a central vacuum. For one, they are expensive to install, and they can be expensive to repair. That's why it's so important to take care of it.

They also aren't ideal for smaller properties, and you have to be careful when using a central vacuum because they are so powerful that they can suck up things that you might not mean to vacuum. This can lead to damaged property and damage to your vacuum hose if the item gets stuck.

How Do You Maintain A Central Vacuum?

Central vacuums don't require a ton of maintenance. In fact, they are fairly simple to take care of. All you really need to do is empty the canister every three to six months as needed and make sure the hoses and attachments are clean and free from hair and other clogs.

Examine the motor every so often for signs of degeneration such as strange smells or sounds coming from it. Experts recommend having a professional come to your home once in a while to inspect the system to ensure it is in proper working order. Overall, central vacuums are extremely low maintenance. 

Does Central Vacuum Increase Home Value?

Many homeowners and homebuyers wonder if this system will add value to a home. The answer is a resounding yes. Central vacuums are convenient and long-lasting, and anyone buying a home will consider a well-maintained and fully operational central vacuum system an asset to the home.

How much it increases the value depends on the size and location of your home, but most experts agree that it can add about $2,000 to the selling price of a home. Additionally, a majority of new homes are built with central vacuums, so it's clearly a feature that many homebuyers desire.

Home for sale real estate sign in front of a house

Can You Install A Central Vacuum After The House Is Built?

You absolutely can install a central vacuum after a house is built, but some homes are more complicated than others. If you have a basement and/or an attic that is accessible, installation won't be that difficult. However, if you don't have easy access, the process will be more of a challenge, and you will need to hire someone who specializes in installing central vacuum pipes to avoid damaging your walls.

You can also buy the system and install it yourself. There are many DIY tutorials to help homeowners put in central vacuums in their homes. Doing it this way will obviously save you money on the installation, so the total cost of the system will be lower.

Central vacuum cleaner hose laid on the floor in the living room

How Much Does Whole House Vacuum Cost?

Putting in a vacuum system that covers the entire house is about $1,500 to $2,000. It can cost more or less depending on how large your house is. Obviously, larger homes will cost more. Also, the level of difficulty when it comes to installation will also affect the price. 

In closing

Central vacuum systems are a great feature in any house, and the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages. They are more powerful than regular vacuums,  are great for air quality, make vacuuming easier, and best of all—they can last 20 years or more! If you have a central vacuum, remember to maintain it properly so you can be sure it will last as long as possible, and if you are thinking about installing one--there's no time like the present! 

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