Air suction can be helpful in so many ways but mostly it is about sucking up dirt and debris to clear a space. However, blowing out air might also be needed for a certain type of cleaning application.
Now, it’s no secret that vacuum cleaners have the suction airflow, in general, to tidy up a space.
But can it be also used as a blowing machine? To be more specific, can a vacuum be reversed?
But technically it is not able to change the airflow route, so there’s no reverse vacuum theory. You have to manipulate the components setup to create the blowing feature.
Now, exactly how to reverse vacuum cleaner airflow and use it as a blower? Let’s find that out!
The Process to Reverse Vacuum Cleaner Airflow
Turning your one-way vacuum cleaner into a blower will help to save money as you’ll not need to buy a lot of different tools.
However, make sure you have checked the manual to confirm the vacuum you’re trying to manipulate has no warnings related to the steps for this purpose.
Also, reversing the vacuum cleaner airflow has nothing to do with blowing out air which generally happens with these units.
A vacuum cleaner blowing air out is perfectly fine as this is just a mechanism for keeping the motor cool. There’s no error or issue to worry about.
Once you are ready, start from beneath to reverse the vacuum cleaner’s airflow.
Take Necessary Safety Precautions
Moving onto the reversing method, you must ensure a few safety precautions beforehand, which are:
Confirm the Vacuum Cleaner Type
Depending on what vacuum cleaner you have, or to be more specific the exact type, the process of reversion will be different.
And so, you must find out about it from the purchasing paper or manual. Some people simply get themselves a vacuum cleaner without thinking too much.
Especially those who are not remarkably familiar with how vacuum cleaners categorize based on different functions.
So, if you own a unit that was bought by someone like that, you’ll need to confirm the type first and then think about converting it to a blower.
If it is a pretty old-style unit, then a makeshift blower is what you’ll end up with. However, the other common styles such as bag vacuums, shop vacs, and plastic canister vacuums are comparatively easier to transform into a blower.
Prepare the Tools and Supplies
Of course, this process will need some tools. And you must arrange those before the actual process. Some of these might be already laying inside your house.
- A clean and level surface to work on
- Duct tape
- Suitable screwdriver
Reversing Airflow of the Vacuum Cleaner
By now, you should know what type of vacuum cleaner you’re reversing the airflow with. Depending on the type, the process can be different. Let’s go through each of the processes.
Here’s How to Reverse Bag Vacuum Cleaner Airflow
Here’s How to Reverse Canister Vacuum Cleaner Airflow
Here’s How to Reverse Shop Vac Airflow
Reversing Airflow on Dyson
So, can you reverse airflow on Dyson? Before going there, I want to clarify a setting called backward airflow mode.
This is by no means something that can reverse the airflow. It is simply an option to allow air projection from the air valve through the rear side of the machine.
You can reverse airflow on Dyson vacuum cleaners though. However, you need to keep a few specific safety practices in mind to make sure the application does not ruin any components of the unit.
Also, Dyson has different types of vacuum cleaners, you can simply follow the previously given instructions based on the type to reverse the airflow.
Now you know how to reverse vacuum cleaner airflow for whatever task you may have. Pay attention to the safety guidelines.
And don’t forget to check the manual of your vacuum cleaner to make sure there’s no restriction with any of the steps mentioned in this guide.
If the manufacturer warns about a certain step, it’s best to skip trying this reverse airflow thing. And find some other solution.
That’s all I had today, see you in my next guide soon! Bye.