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How to Change Filter on Dyson Vacuum Cleaner [Step by Step]

Published by: Katherine Frame

How to Change Filter on Dyson Vacuum Cleaner

You love your vacuums because they make cleaning your rugs, mattresses, upholstered furniture, and carpet much easier. Your vacuum does many cleaning, but you often forget to clean them, making them less effective and efficient than they could be. 

A clogged-up filter overworks the vacuum motor, and with time, that will lead to motor burnout. Further, a burned-out motor will need to be changed, which can cost you a huge amount of money. 

So in this post, we’ll see how you can change filter on Dyson vacuum cleaners…

How to Change Filter on Dyson Vacuum Cleaner 

Vacuum maintenance specialists get most of their businesses from Dyson bagless vacuums. Most of the repairs have to do with homeowners not cleaning the filter in their vacuum. Keep in mind that a clogged-up filter overworks the motor. With time, that will lead to motor burnout. 

It’s not shocking that people overlook or ignore cleaning their vacuum filters. Most times, you don’t have or like to take the time to do the work required to clean the filter. Often, people take the filter out of their vacuum and tap it inside the garbage can to knock the dust off. Unluckily, that is not the most efficient and practical way to clean your vacuum filter. 

When cleaning your Dyson vacuum cleaner’s filters, the ideal way to use the machine is to take the machine to a place in your home you don’t mind getting dirty, such as the garage. Get the shop vac and vacuum the pleats of the filter.

Just make sure that you are gentle enough with the shop vac nozzle to make sure you do not damage the special coating on the filter. We also suggest cleaning the pr-filter screens and post-filter screens with the top vacuum too. 

Other vacuum cleaners feature washable features. If you have one of those, you can utilize gentle water pressure and spray the nozzle in your kitchen sink or the sprayer on your hose. 

Here are the steps you need to follow to change the filter of your Dyson vac cleaner:

  1. Turn off the machine and unplug it.
  2. Remove the canister from the vac and lift the handle labeled “Filter.” Pull that out of the canister.
  3. Change the filter and return it in place. 
  4. The second filter is situated in the ball. You can unscrew the ball by rotating the wheel. Rotate the filter attachment until it finally releases.
  5. Change the filter, rotate it, and return it to its original place. 

How do I remove the filter from my Dyson vacuum?

How can you easily and efficiently remove the filters from your Dyson vacuum? Follow the steps below to help you:

  1. Turn off your Dyson vacuum and unplug it. 
  2. Firmly press the red release button and pull the canister up and away. 
  3. Pull up the top handle and lift on the filter release latch at the same time. 
  4. Now, you can pull the filter straight up to remove it. 
  5. Slowly lie the vacuum cleaner on its back, so the blue dial is facing towards you. 
  6. Grip the grooves of the blue dial and unbolt it counterclockwise until the side housing is free. 
  7. Finally, turn ¼ turn counterclockwise to release the filter. You can then pull it off to remove it. 

Do you have to change the filter on the Dyson vacuum?

Yes. Remember that even a modestly dirty filter can substantially impact the suction power of your vacuum.

Preferably, you must be cleaning your vacuum filter at least every three (3) months, more often if you have high traffic within your home, and use your machine often.

Do you have a pleated filter that is not washable? Then it will need to be changed approximately once a year.

Hence, you should ensure you’re not only emptying the canister full of yuck that is collected whenever you vacuum, but you want to give your filter a deep cleaning periodically. That’s especially true if you like to keep your vacuum running at its best capacity and give it a longer life. 


Overall, if you have a Dyson vacuum cleaner, you should be emptying and cleaning the filters every time you use it. That’s essential as these vacuums depend on different filters to keep fine particles and dust from redistributing into the air when the air vents from the vacuum.

Remember that the vacuum loses suction when these filters are not clean, and the motor works harder, making it more likely to overheated. 


How do I change my Dyson vacuum filter?

Follow the steps below if you like to change the filter of your Dyson vacuum: Disconnect the vacuum from the power source. If necessary, unplug the vacuum. Make sure you switch the vacuum to OFF and don’t try to open it when it’s plugged in or switched on. Open the vacuum carefully and push the filter’s housing release button. Remove the filter from its plastic housing, if necessary.

How do I clean the filter on my Dyson v11?

Tap the filter unit to remove any debris or dust before washing it. Wash the filter unit in cold water. Avoid using detergent or soaking it in a washing machine. Wash the pleated paper element of the filter unit first. Make sure you hold the filter unit under cold tap water along with the foam element downwards. Run cold water over the pleated paper. You can continue washing until the water runs clear.

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Katherine Frame

Katherine Frame is a professional writer and reviewer who worked in higher education for eight years before working on The Hardware Hub. She has written for multiple home magazines and blogs.

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