HELP! I Need A New Central Vacuum Hose

Sometimes, I take my central vacuum system for granted. It’s always there, ready to use with powerful suction. I’ve been known to vacuum twice a day (three times if the kids and I work on some kind of project.) So when something happens and it’s out of commission, my cleaning regiment falls apart.

0053555_centec-recessed-hose-30ft-dc-91540A few months ago, our dog got hold of our central vacuum hose and chewed a hole in it. As a temporary fix we put some duct tape over it but, after about a week, the tape wasn’t holding up and I decided it was best to order a new one. Until it arrived, I was forced to sweep up messes with a broom. It was practically the dark ages!

When it comes to damaged hoses, mischievous dogs are a common culprit. We’ve also heard from customers who simply want a second hose for upstairs, have a broken switch on the handle, began noticing intermittent suction, or (our favorite) accidentally ran over theirs with a car. Whatever the case, we make finding a replacement hose easy.

What Kind Of Hose Do I Need?


The first step in finding a new central vacuum hose is determining the style and brand hose you currently have. These images above diagram the different types of hose ends available. Your current hose very likely falls into one of these categories. In most cases, it’s best to buy the same style for an easy transition. (To read more about why you may consider choosing a different hose, read about the pigtail style below!)

Turbo & Standard

These two styles will be very similar. They feature a metal band that connects to the current within your inlet. It’s vital to note that these hoses WILL NOT function with an electric powerhead or electric components. If you utilize a non-electric, turbo carpet tool or simply use a hard floor brush to clean your home, then a Turbo or Standard hose is right for you.

Direct Connect

A direct connect central vacuum hose has electrical wiring running through the hose. The end that plugs into the inlet has two prongs that fit into the inlet and the current from the prongs powers the electric powerhead. These hoses are designed to work with electric powerheads to better clean carpeting and rugs.


Consider the Pigtail hose a combination of all of the above. A Pigtail hose gets its name from the separate power cord that extends from the connection. With a pigtail hose, you would plug in your hose and plug the second cord into an electrical outlet. The electrical cord powers any electrical tools, like a powerhead, even though your central vacuum system is not designed to do so. It’s a great way to “get around” the issue if you want to use an electric powerhead.

  • Who Should Buy A Pigtail Hose?

A Pigtail hose is a perfect solution for homes that have carpeting but don’t have an electrical central vacuum system. For carpeting, the best way to clean deep into the fibers is with an electric powerhead. These powerheads feature a beater-bar that is powered separately from the suction – while your central vacuum power unit is taking care of the suction, the pigtail electrical cord is powering the carpet tool. If you’ve been using a turbo powerhead on your carpeting and noticed it isn’t doing the job, it’s time to upgrade to a pigtail style hose and an electric powerhead.

Should I Buy My Brand?

In a word…maybe. There’s no magic answer, really. You have to decide for yourself if it’s important to you to keep things within the same brand. Some brands require that you use their hoses and some do not. Often times, you’ll see some savings buying an off-brand, so it’s smart to shop around.

Start HERE and select your central vacuum brand. The next step will be to determine the hose style you currently have, whether it be turbo, standard, direct connect, or pigtail. From there, you’ll discover the hose options for your unit.

If you would like personalized help narrowing your search, call 1-800-221-8227 to speak with one of our central vacuum specialists. 

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