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Vacuum Cleaner Had an Unserviceable Filter

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tekochip
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The iVac?
tekochip   4/25/2014 5:59:24 PM
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Judging by the way batteries have become non-replaceable in consumer products, perhaps vacuum filters have become non-replaceable as well?


Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   4/25/2014 7:03:25 PM
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Unfortunately that is probably a valid observation. We are seeing more and more products that were once user-serviceable but no longer. The mentality of making a quality product that lasts and is serviceable has sadly fallen to the throw-away marketing strategy that guarantees repeat business which may very well include a non-replaceable filter strategically placed to limit the lifetime of the product.

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far911   4/26/2014 7:10:09 AM
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Ths is true....it really looks like that we are getting everything disposable now a days. You use them and be sure that you will have 2 replace it neither repair it.Same goes for the vacuum filtre.

Battar
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Battar   4/28/2014 9:50:22 AM
Nancy,

         One item that drives all design reviews in applicance manufacturing is, how much does it cost? The only way to keep your product on the shelves of Bestbuy or whoever is to be a dollar cheaper than your competitor, and one very effective way of reducing manufacturing cost is to design for assembly, not dis-assembly. Sure, there are customers out there who are willing to pay for a quality product, but they are the minority - ask any salseman - there aren't enough of them to keep the cash flowing. 

My father taught me, always ask which is the cheapest model in the shop, and never buy that one. 

tekochip
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tekochip   4/28/2014 10:12:38 AM
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Very true Batter, I used to design appliance controls and nearly all decisions were driven by cost.  Months were spent engineering solutions that sometimes saved fractions of pennies.  Don't get me wrong, we always met the specification, but by no measurable margin.  The product had to just barely work..... every time.

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Nice diagnostics and repair
Jim_E   4/28/2014 10:20:24 AM
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Good job tracking down the problem and fixing it.  Crazy how difficult some things are to take apart now.   I guess they really don't expect people to repair stuff anymore.

Speaking of vaccuum cleaners, I really don't miss the old disposable bags!  I much prefer these fance new bagless units, even though the release door mechanism on my Dyson failed and I had to do some strategic plastic repair....

With long haired women in the house, I wish there was an easier way to clean the beater brush on a vacuum.  That is a dirty, irritating job to do on both our Bosch and our Dyson.

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AJ2X   4/28/2014 10:27:58 AM
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As pervasive as the "design for minimum cost" requirement is, making something serviceable (or not requiring service) need not cost more, any more than making something beautiful is necessarily more expensive.  But it does require a commitment from all involved in a design, including marketing and the bean counters, that the product be an actual value to the user, and not just to the stockholders.  Ideally, you want something that the customers will WANT to buy again, not something they'll HAVE to buy again.  In such a way, the company will build a reputation that will carry it through the long haul (if anyone actually cares about that anymore!).

Battar
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Battar   4/28/2014 10:40:18 AM
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AJ2X,

         Designing an appliance that is servicable does cost more. A screw is more expensive than a plastic snap-fitting, but the snap-fir will break the first time you try to open it.

It is virtually impossible to design an appliance lo last a lifetime (whose life? the products'? the cats'? your mother-in-laws' lifetime?) so you have to design for a specific life, usually measured in hours. A vacuum cleaner might not need to work more than 150 hours a yesr, unlike an air-conditioner, for example. Most people would be happy with a vacuum cleaner that lasted 1500 hours. No one is rewarded for over-engineering a product.

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AJ2X   4/28/2014 11:09:02 AM
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Battar,

While you are quite right that designing something to "last a lifetime" is a fool's errand, making something serviceable is not.  If snap fit tabs break off, then they shouldn't be used to access a part that needs service (and in this case, I'm referring to the original poster's need to service a filter).

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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I think they're all similarly designed
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/28/2014 11:30:27 AM
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I recently had to completely recondition a vacant house which a bad tenant had left in a disgraceful mess.  Left behind were 3 very low-cost vacuum cleaners in a shambles in the garage.  All were stuffed to the max with cat hair and debris to the point of non-functionality.  However, each of them were relatively easy to take apart, empty, and get back to working order.  Coincidentally, each of these three different low-cost brands all had the same rectangular felt-filter as described in this article; and all 3 were packed solid with blocking debris.  But just a quick rinse and now I have 3 working (albeit cheapies) vacuum cleaners to give to my kids for their apartments.

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