Return to the Home Repair Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Cental Vac Pan

Posted by angel411 (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 26, 12 at 10:20

Hi everyone,
My central vac toe kick pan in the mudroom stopped working suddenly. But the rest in the house work fine. Any ideas for a quick DIY fix before I call someone to help?


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Cental Vac Pan

Sorry, title should say Central. Too fast with the fingers!

RE: Cental Vac Pan

I'd say it's a broken foot switch. It shouldnb't be too hard to remove and inspect the VacPan for 'something broken'. It'll probably be easiest to replace the VacPan.

RE: Cental Vac Pan

The wire may have come off the clips that hold it to the vac pan. The "switch" is very simple. If you can get the vac pan unscrewed, check the wires on the side, and short them with a screwdriver or coin (it's low voltage) - if it still doesn't work, detach the wires and short them together.

If it still doesn't work, then a splice has gone bad, most likely. Each valve should have the wire from the next valve down the line daisy chained to it, and the splice made at the connection in the valve.

Figure out where your machine is, and follow where the piping runs from there. The vac pan will probably be spliced at the nearest valve, check the wiring on those. Black to black, white to white. If not, then there's another splice or the wire's been cut somehow.

If the vac pipe is visible in the basement, you should be able to follow it and the wires to any other splices.

If all else fails, they do make a wireless remote switch you could change over to (see the link for one example,)
but I'm sure the fix will be simple. Start at the vac pan.

Here is a link that might be useful: Remote vac switch

RE: Cental Vac Pan

Alan, thank you for that detailed response! It started working briefly over the weekend, but then stopped again last night (I sweep alot!). It does sound like a loose wire. Hopefully we can resolve it!

Thanks again!

RE: Cental Vac Pan

You're welcome. They're quite simple, just make sure the pan connects up right with the vac pipe when you put it back.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Home Repair Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here