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When an appliance, such as a vacuum cleaner, stops working properly, you begin to wonder what the problem could be. It is not uncommon to come across a vacuum cleaner filter that needs to be replaced while looking for the issue. It plays an important role in preventing dirt particles from escaping from the vacuum cleaner. You should not wait so long between filter exchanges that the device ceases to function properly, but rather check the functionality on a regular basis. But how frequently should a vacuum cleaner filter be changed, and how do you find the right replacement for your specific device? After all, there isn't just one filter, but a plethora of them.
We at Electropapa not only make sure you find the right water filter or activated carbon filter, but we also make sure you get it at a reasonable price. This is possible because of our own brand, VHBW. This is good for both your wallet and the environment. Because of the store's large selection, you will be able to find the right replacement filter even for older brand devices and products from Bosch, Siemens, Philips, Dirt Devil, AEG, Rowenta, and many others. In the sections that follow, we'll go over which filters are available and how to best implement the change.
What is the filter used for?
To choose the best VHBW filter replacement, you must first understand the filter's basic principle. The vacuum cleaner's filter prevents dirt particles from escaping. This only applies to the exhaust air to a limited extent. The dirt sucked into the can, for example, spreads inside and damages the vacuum cleaner's motor. So, if you want to use the device for as long as possible, make sure the filter vacuum cleaner is checked on a regular basis. So far, we've only talked about the vacuum cleaner. However, the described filters can be found in any device that circulates air. This includes the extractor hood over the stove, a hair dryer, a humidifier, and even construction machinery. It is critical to understand that the majority of these devices have multiple filters with different functions.
What kind of filters are available?
A Hepa filter in a vacuum cleaner, for example, cannot be compared to an activated carbon filter. You can tell the difference by looking at the filter grade. Most people are probably familiar with the vacuum cleaner Hepa filter, which is also found in many high-quality and expensive devices that are supposed to provide especially clean air. The following overview shows which additional filter groups exist, among others:
Water filters are used in fully automatic coffee machines or water pipes. Water filters remove impurities and lime from flowing water. Water filters in coffee machines improve the taste of the coffee while also extending the life of the machine.
Activated carbon air filter: The activated carbon air filter not only cleans the air but also fights odours. Because the filter is made of active carbon, even the smallest odour particles can be neutralised in this manner. We can also conclude that the filter is not only used in vacuum cleaners. Models for ventilation systems (with honeycomb-activated carbon filters) and cooker hoods are available in Electropapa's online store.
Flat pleated filters: Our own brand models are available in sets in the online store as a replacement for the Kärcher filter. Flat pleated filters have the advantage of being usable for both wet and dry vacuuming. As a result, switching between the two processes is not required.
Cartridge filters: As with the previous grouping, wet and dry vacuuming is possible with this filter. The two models differ primarily in shape, with the flat filter taking up less space in the vacuum cleaner. We also sell Kärcher cartridge filter replacements.
Although many different models, such as the Hepa filter, are commonly referred to as "air filters," this is primarily used in lawn mowers and other motorised machines. After all, this equipment must keep dirt away from the engine.
Metal grease filters are used in cooker hoods. They are also known as filter mats, and they separate from the air the substances released during cooking in the form of fat particles. The grease filters for cooker hoods are available in a variety of designs for brands such as Bosch, Miele, and Whirlpool in the online store.
Cone filters: These filters are commonly found in ventilation systems. The name alludes to the shape of the filter. They also keep dirt out of fans and ventilation systems.
How often should a filter be changed?
The vacuum cleaner suddenly losing suction power usually indicates that the bag needs to be changed.
A similar scenario occurs when the filter needs to be changed. Often, removing dirt from the filter and cleaning it will temporarily solve the problem. However, after a while, complete replacement is no longer an option. It's difficult to say how frequently this happens. On the one hand, it depends on whether it is a cooker hood filter, a vacuum cleaner filter, or a completely different model. However, how frequently you use the device and thus the filter also matters. Even if the device is still operational, you should not put off replacing it for too long. Otherwise, the dirt particles may no longer be properly absorbed or may settle in the motor. A filter should be used for 6-12 months on average. After that, it's time to make a change. However, as previously stated, the period is affected by a variety of factors and must thus be determined on an individual basis.
How should we proceed with the change?
A vacuum cleaner with a Hepa filter must be handled differently than a grease filter for a range hood. It is recommended that you follow the device's instruction manual for this purpose. Make sure that all filters are changed on a regular basis. In most cases, a special device for this purpose is used, into which the new filter is inserted. Models such as the air purifier-activated carbon filter are frequently required to be cut first in order to occupy the designated space in the device. Furthermore, it is often helpful not to remove the old filter immediately but to remember exactly where it was placed so that you can correctly change the filter for the hood, vacuum cleaner, or even lawn mower. Our website indicates which product series the respective filters are suitable for. This way, when you buy, you can be certain that you are ordering the correct model.