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Post# 404865   1/31/2019 at 13:35 (525 days old) by completenutt (West Hollywood, California)        

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Yes, I'm down to the minutia of questions!


It's been raining hard for hours and the humidity is 89% outside and in the 60s inside.  I don't have a dehumidifier.


So, the question is...


Can it create shorter vacuum life (machine interior parts including motor) by vacuuming in these high moisture situations?


For super quick jobs, I'm sure not... but I was more concerned about rust developing or water vapor mixing with motor lubricants and breaking them down, and the bag getting damp and creating bad musty smell if not mold in the bag chamber (if not changed out right away) during long cleaning sessions of an hour or more continual drawing in of moist air.


Completenutt?  You decide!

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Post# 404885 , Reply# 1   1/31/2019 at 21:22 (525 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I live in the Southeast where that kind of humidity is common. I don't think my machines have suffered for it.

Post# 404901 , Reply# 2   2/1/2019 at 08:58 (524 days old) by dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        

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Motors create heat as they run, so it will not be a problem with moisture in the motor. Plus, they move an awful lot of air.

Actually, rainy days can make even a terrible vacuum cleaner, clean better. The humidity causes the machines to form a tighter seal with the carpet, it's always harder to push an upright when it's high humidity. One day, I was using a crappy Oreck (awfulwreck) to pick up the surface dirt, on a rainy day, and the darn thing actually felt like it was cleaning something. I'm sure it wasn't cleaning any better than it did when it was dry out. But still, it 'felt' like it due to the higher resistance to pushing effort due to moist air outside.

Post# 404987 , Reply# 3   2/2/2019 at 21:39 (523 days old) by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Modern vacs have sealed ball bearings, so that's not a concern either.

I think you're overthinking things. Just go vac.

Post# 404989 , Reply# 4   2/2/2019 at 21:42 (523 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwest)        

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I think this is way too much thought put into it. Just vacuum and don't worry about it. If you worry this much about using vacuums, then why use them? Every time you turn it on the motor is being worn out. Better to seal them in an airtight plastic case and put them on a shelf to only look at if worried this much.

Just like a car, vacuums are meant to be used and run in order to keep the motor in good working order.

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Post# 404990 , Reply# 5   2/2/2019 at 22:57 (522 days old) by completenutt (West Hollywood, California)        
You guys are awesome!

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Thanks for the encouragement and dose of reality!


My therapist also thanks you.

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