The first step in shopping for a vacuum hose for your MD central vacuum system is choosing which type of hose end you have; standard, turbo, pigtail or direct connect. If you're having trouble understanding the different types of hoses, be sure to look at the discussion and drawings below and call us at 800-221-8227 if you have any questions. Our team of experts are standing by and waiting to help you.
At CentralVacuumStores.com, we are always looking for quality central vacuum components so we can offer our customers a wide selection of parts. While we do offer one of the largest supplies of central vacuum hoses online, sometimes manufacturers discontinue products or go out of business and your specific brand hose may not be available. If that is the case, we will show you choices that will fit your central vacuum system. At CentralVacuumStores.com specific brand name hoses will always show the manufacturer's brand in the product title. If you purchase a manufacturer's brand name hose at CentralVacuumStores.com, you can have 100% confidence you are getting the real deal, genuine hose. If your brand is not listed or is not in the product title, then you can have 100% confidence we are displaying the best options available for your system.
Which type of hose do I buy?
Are you at all confused about the different types of central vacuum hoses? Maybe you're asking, what is standard, turbo, pigtail and direct connect? We hope the following explanation takes the mystery out of which type of hose to buy. First, let's look at the two types of central vacuum inlets so you can determine which type of inlets you have and then which type of hose you need.
Standard Central Vacuum Inlets:
Standard Inlets are non-electrical inlets. These inlets require low voltage for turning the vacuum system on or off. These inlets have NO electrical capability. If electrical attachments are used (i.e. powerhead), then you need to use a central vacuum hose called a Pigtail Hose. This Hose has a powercord attached to it and in addition to connecting the hose to the inlet, there will be a 4 to 8 foot power cord (usually referred to as a Pigtail) that plugs into an electrical outlet for electricity. NOTE: Standard inlets will not work with direct connect hoses which are for electric outlets. Standard inlets use either a pigtail, standard, or turbo hose. Another option for having a powerhead with a standard hose is using a Turbine Powerhead. A Turbine powerhead is powered by the air of your vacuum and so no electricity is required.
Electric Central Vacuum Inlets
Electric Inlets can be used with any standard, turbo, pigtail or direct connect hoses but they are designed for direct connect hoses. These inlets require low voltage wiring AND electrical wiring. The low voltage wiring is used to turn the vacuum system on or off. The electrical wiring provides electricity to the powerhead that is used to clean carpet. The direct connect central vacuum hose has electrical wire running through the hose and the end that plugs into the inlet has prongs that fit into the inlet for electricity to the powerhead.