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CycloVac GS Series Owner`s manual
Please read this document carefully before installing and/or using
your vacuum cleaning system.
MODEL : _______________ SERIAL NO : ______________________
When using an electrical appliance, basic precautions should always be followed,
including the following.
Read all instructions before using this appliance
WARNING – To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury :
1. Do not leave appliance when plugged in. Unplug from outlet when not in use
and before servicing.
2. Do not use outdoors or on wet surfaces.
3. Do not allow to be used as a toy. Close attention is necessary when used
by or near children or infirm persons. This appliance is not intended for use
by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental
capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they have been
given supervision or instruction concerning the use of the appliance by a
person responsible for their safety.
4. Use only as described in this manual. Use only manufacturer’s recommended
5. Do not use with damaged cord or plug. If appliance is not working as it
should, has been dropped, damaged, left outdoors, or dropped into water,
return it to a Cyclo Vac service center.
6. Do not pull or carry by cord, use cord as a handle, close a door on cord, or
pull cord around sharp edges or corners. Do not run appliance over cord.
Keep cord away from heated surfaces.
7. Do not unplug by pulling on cord. To unplug, grasp the plug, not the cord.
8. Do not handle plug or appliance with wet hands.
9. Do not put any objects into openings. Do not use with any opening blocked;
keep free of dust, lint, hair, and anything that may reduce air flow.
10. Keep hair, loose clothing, fingers, and all parts of body away from openings
and moving parts.
11. Do not pick up anything that is burning or smoking, such as cigarettes,
matches, or hot ashes.
12. Do not use without dust bag and/or filters in place.
13. Turn off all controls before unplugging.
14. Use extra care when cleaning on stairs.
15. Do not use to pick up flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline or
use in areas where they may be present.
16. Connect to a properly grounded outlet only. See Grounding Instructions.
Table of Contents
Schematic – GS Series
Schematic – GX Series
Unit Installation
Installation Dos & Don’ts
Muffler Installation
Electric Connections
Grounding Instructions
Low Voltage Connections
Installing the Remote Monitor
Hose Hook-up & Inlets
Cyclo Vac Attachments
Speed Selection Module
Integrated System Monitor
Remote System Monitor
Progressive Start and Delayed Stop
Automatic Stop
Electrostatic Bag
Carbon Dust Filter
Ultra-Fresh* Permanent Filter
General Information
Decrease in suction strength
Vacuum will not start
Vacuum will not stop
Limited Lifetime Warranty
One Year Satisfaction Guarantee
Warranty on Cyclo Vac Attachment
WEEE Directive
Your new Cyclo Vac central vacuum system was designed and manufactured in
Blainville, Quebec, by the largest central vacuum cleaner manufacturer in Canada.
With over forty years of experience in the field, we provide a high-quality, state-ofthe-art product, and guarantee your complete satisfaction. Our extensive network
of qualified professionals ensures first quality service near you. Contact us for the
location of the Cyclo Vac authorized service center in your area.
Schematic – GS Series
min. 30 cm (12")
min. 30 cm (12")
min. 30 cm (12")
min. 30 cm (12")
Recommended 40 cm (16")
Total width required
min. 90 cm (36")
With muffler turned up 165 cm (66")
With muffler turned down 150 cm (60")
min. 30 cm (12")
With muffler turned down
Schematic – GX Series
min. 30 cm (12")
min. 30 cm (12")
With muffler turned down
min. 30 cm (12")
min. 30 cm (12")
With muffler turned up 170 cm (68")
With muffler turned down 150 cm (60")
min. 30 cm (12")
Recommended 40 cm (16")
Total width required
min. 94 cm (37")
Remote Monitor Connector (GX series only)
Low Voltage Connector
Serial Number
Integrated System Monitor (GX series only)
Air Intake
Carbon Dust Filter
Unit Installation
Using the mounting plate provided with
your vacuum cleaner, secure the unit to
the wall (figure 1), at a height allowing
easy access to change the bag (see
pages 6 and 7).
figure 1
The connections to the piping system will
require some basic tools: a mitre box and
small saw or a pipe cutter (figure 2). See
pages 9 and 10 for general instructions
pertaining to the preparation of PVC
pipes. To simplify matters, installation
kits, including necessary fittings, pipes,
glue and low voltage wiring, as well
as a detailed instructions booklet, are
available from Cyclo Vac service centers.
figure 2
Contrary to all other connections in the
piping system, do not glue the last fitting
to your unit. Cyclo Vac central vacuums
are equipped with an adjustable air
intake valve (figure 3), which does not
require glue. An air-tight fit is achieved
with the screw-type adjustment on the
fitting itself.
figure 3
Dos & Don’ts
Dos & Don’ts
Dos & Don’ts
When installing your vacuum inlets, we recommend that the principle of electric
polarity be taken into account. Ensure that the wire connected onto contact A on
inlet 1 is the same as that connected to contact A on inlet 2, and so on. Do not
cross, reverse or interchange wires.
Inlet 1
Inlet 2
Muffler Installation
1. Insert the rubber coupling (A) on the air exhaust (D).
2. Using a Phillips (star shape) screwdriver, tighten the clamp collar on the
rubber coupling to ensure adequate sealing.
3. Insert the 90° elbow (B) into the rubber coupling, and tighten the clamp
4. Insert the muffler (C) on the end of the 90° elbow.
Rubber coupling
90° elbow
Air Exhaust
Electric Connections
There should be an electric outlet within 1 meter (3 feet) of your central vacuum
unit. Once the appliance is installed in a suitable location, connect your central
unit to an electric outlet on an dedicated* grounded circuit. Do not use extension
cords or modify the length of your vacuum cleaner’s power cord.
• North America
120 V / 240 V All models : 15 A
• European continent and other
220 V / 240 V Model DL200SV : 10 A
220 V /240 V All other models : 8 A
Your central vacuum cleaner has a thermal safety device or a circuit breaker to
protect against any over voltage or electrical defect. If that protection should fail,
contact your authorized service center.
*Please reserve a circuit breaker dedicated only to the connections for your
central vacuum.
If you find that installing your vacuum cleaner is too difficult, ask your service
center to install it for you. When in doubt, it is better to have the work done by a
professional and ensure that the unit is properly installed. Any installation that
does not comply with the specified norms could alter or invalidate the warranty.
Grounding Instructions
This appliance must be grounded. If it should malfunction or breakdown,
grounding provides a path of least resistance for electric current to reduce the
risk of electric shock. This appliance is equipped with a cord having an equipmentgrounding conductor and grounding plug. The plug must be inserted into an
appropriate outlet that is properly installed and grounded in accordance with all
local codes and ordinances. No adaptor should be used with this appliance.
Improper connection of the equipment-grounding conductor can result in a risk
of electric shock. Check with a qualified electrician or service person if you are
in doubt as to whether the outlet is properly grounded. Do not modify the plug
provided with the appliance – if it will not fit the outlet; have a proper outlet installed
by a qualified electrician.
This appliance is for use on a nominal 120 V circuit, and has
a grounded plug (figure 4). Make sure that the appliance is
connected to an outlet having the same configuration as the
plug. No adaptor should be used with this appliance.
figure 4
220 V/240 V MODELS
This appliance is for use on a circuit having a nominal rating more than 120 V and
is factory-equipped with a specific cord and plug to permit connection to a proper
electric circuit. Make sure that the appliance is connected to an outlet having the
same configuration as the plug. No adaptor should be used with this appliance. If
the appliance must be reconnected for use on a different type of electric circuit, the
reconnections should be made by a qualified service personnel.
Type C
Type G
Type H
Type I
Nema 6-15 R
Low Voltage Connections
Connect the low voltage wires to the low
voltage inlet on your unit. To do so, simply
strip wires over 0,5 cm (¼"), remove the
terminals from the low voltage inlet on the
unit, and proceed according to the types of
inlet and wire used.
figure 5
All types of wire:
Twist the stranded wire to tighten the loose
strands together before proceeding. Insert
the wire into the terminal (blue connector).
Using your wire strippers, tighten the
terminal at two places: at the front, to hold
the wire in place, and at the back to tighten
the insulator around the wire (figure 5). If
the insulator does not completely cover the
stripped wire, use electrical tape to insulate
the wire adquately, and prevent all contact
between the 2 wires. Insert the terminal
into the low voltage inlet (figure 6).
figure 6
To disconnect:
Do not pull on wire. Simply remove the
terminal from the low voltage inlet.
Installing the Remote Monitor
(Optional — GX series only)
Having determined the location of both
the central vacuum unit and the Remote
System Monitor, run low voltage wiring to
connect the Monitor to the central vacuum
power unit.
Installing the Remote Monitor
1. Insert the low voltage wire into the
mounting box through one of the
designated openings, and fasten within
the wall at the determined location
(figure 11).
figure 11
2. Having stripped the exterior casing of the
four-stranded wire, strip 0,5 cm (¼") of
each color wire.
figure 12
3. Connect wires to the module connector.
Insert each of the 4 color wires in the
corresponding color-coded inlet on the
connector. To do so, loosen the screw on
the side of each inlet, insert the wire, and
tighten screw to ensure a tight connection.
Repeat for each of the remaining 3 wires
(figure 12).
4. Insert the connector to the electronic
module and ensure it holds in place
(figure 13).
figure 13
5. Screw the electronic module to the
mounting box, with the two screws
provided (figure 14).
6. Complete with the “Decora” finishing
figure 14
A. Red
B. Black
C. Green
D. Yellow
Installing the Remote Monitor
(Optional — GX series only)
Connections on the Vacuum Power Unit
1. Having stripped the exterior casing of the
four-stranded wire, strip 0,5 cm (¼") of
each color wire.
2. Connect wires to the power unit
connector. Insert each wire in the
designated inlet, of the corresponding
color. To do so, simply open the
connector, insert the wire, and close
(figure 15). Repeat for the remaining 3
figure 15
A. Red
B. Black
C. Green
D. Yellow
Hose Hook-up & Inlets
Before operating your central vacuum…
Please verify that your central vacuum is properly connected to the piping system,
and to a grounded electrical outlet, and that the low voltage wires are connected
to the unit (see pages 8 to 16). Then read the complete owner’s manual and
proceed with a quick verification of your unit’s installation :
• Check bag and filter to be sure they are properly installed and not damaged.
• Check rubber seals in each vacuum inlet.
• Plug the hose alternatively into each vacuum inlet, to ensure that each one
works properly.
• While the hose is still plugged into one inlet and the system is operational,
check other inlets for leaks.
To start your central vacuum, simply insert the hose in the vacuum inlet of your
choice. Please ensure that the tab on the hose end is properly lined up with the
slot in the inlet opening (figure 16). If your hose handle has an integrated on/off
switch, simply slide the switch to the “on” position.
Do not try to open another inlet while your system is in operation, as it may
damage the inlet’s rubber seal.
figure 16
Operating Instructions
Cyclo Vac Attachments
Oval dusting brush
Use just about anywhere : on
lamps & lamp shades, blinds,
shelves, decorative trims
Upholstery Brush
With removable bristles, use to
clean all upholstered furniture such
as sofas, chairs, and mattresses.
Crevice tool
Use in narrow spaces, nooks and
crannies, such as heating ducts,
between sofa cushions, and
between window panes.
Floor Brush
For use on all types of flooring :
hardwood, ceramic or even small
carpets or rugs.
Carpet Brush (optional)
Specially designed for small
carpets and area rugs, it cleans
down deep.
Operating Instructions
Cyclo Vac Attachments
Hose Holder
In addition to conveniently holding
your hose, it’s specially designed
to allow the storage of your floor
brush on the telescopic wand,
without crushing the brush bristles.
Telescopic Wand
It’s easily adjusted to the desired
height. Simply depress the button,
slide the wand to the desired
length, and release the button for
it to lock into position. Convenient
button-lock mechanisms prevent
the wand from slipping off the hose
Attachment holder
Made of durable vinyl, it
conveniently holds all your
accessories. Hang it on your hose
holder, to keep all accessories at
Operating Instructions
push button here
Speed Variation Module
The light emitting diodes on the Speed Variation hose will signal, by flashing, that
it is time to check the Integrated System Monitor or the Remote Monitor installed
in your home. They do not indicate a problem with the vacuum system, and will
not hinder or stop the use of the vacuum power unit.
Unit equipped with a progressive start and
delayed shut-off to improve motor longevity.
Allows selection of 4 power levels. Fingertip
control conveniently located on the handle.
LEDs indicate the power level selected from 1
to 4.
Bilinking LEDs refer you to the unit for status. It
may be time to change the bag or the unit may
need preventive maintenance (see page 23 for
more details).
The use of an “SV” hose with a vacuum unit other than that of the Cyclo Vac
GX series will cause irreversible damage to your hose which would not be covered
by the warranty.
Operating Instructions
Integrated System Monitor
(GX series only)
Your central vacuum unit is equipped with an electronic timing device which will
recommend by a series of light emitting diodes (LEDs) proper maintenance of
your vacuum system. These signals are only suggestions and will do not indicate
a problem with your vacuum system. They will not stop or hinder the use of the
When you initially plug in your vacuum, the LEDs will signal “OK”. Then, according
to the number of hours the system has been use the LEDs will suggest the proper
preventive maintenance.
OK, system is operational
Change the bag
Change the carbon dust filter
Have the vacuum power unit inspected by an
authorized service center
RESET – press to stop flashing diodes and reset the
electronic timing device.
Remote System Monitor
(Optional — GX series only)
Installed in a strategic location in your
home, it provides the same information as
the Integrated System Monitor. Once you
have reset the electronic timing device (on
the unit itself), the remote monitor will once
again signal “OK”.
Operating Instructions
Progressive Start and Delayed Stop
(GX series only)
Each GX model is equipped with a special module allowing for a smooth and
gradual start-up of the vacuum system, to prolong motor durability. It will also
come to a complete stop within a few seconds after it has been turned off, to
allow for the complete evacuation of dust from the conduit system.
Automatic Stop
(GX series only)
In case you’ve forgotten it or it’s been turned on by mistake, your vacuum system
will automatically stop after 30 minutes of uninterrupted use. Simply restart the
vacuum system with the switch on the hose handle.
Operating Instructions
Please note that Cyclo Vac motors do not require lubrication. Each motor
contains two carbon brushes which will wear normally, and may eventually require
replacement. For warranty purposes, this should be done by an authorized service
center. Brush life is affected by the number of hours used, frequency of start-ups
and shut-downs, humidity, altitude, and temperature. In order to avoid damage
to the motor itself, brushes should be replaced before they are completely worn
out. We therefore recommend that you have your unit and motors inspected by a
service center every 5-6 years.
Electrostatic Bag
Change the bag when the one in place
is full. Frequency will depend on use of
the unit. For the GX series,the integrated
monitor will indicate when to change the
bag. These indications are provided by an
electronic timing board, only as a reference
1. To access the bag, unlatch the two
clips and remove the dust receptacle
(figure 17).
figure 17
2. Remove the used bag and seal bag
opening (adhesive seal provided on each
bag). Discard used bag.
3. Install the new bag, ensuring the tabs
on the bag adaptor are aligned with the
slots in the bag collar (figure 18).
retention ring
4. Ensure adequate sealing by inserting
bag as far as the retention ring.
5. Replace dust receptacle and seal by
latching both clips.
Use only genuine Cyclo Vac replacement bags. Failure to
do so could void the warranty on your vacuum unit.
figure 18
Carbon Dust Filter (Patent pending)
We recommend changing this filter after
three bag replacements. For the GX series,
the integrated monitor will indicate when
to change the filter. These indications are
provided by an electronic timing board, only
as a reference guide.
To do so:
1. Unlatch the opening on the carbon filter
case and gently flip it upward (figure 19).
figure 19
2. Remove the used filter, and discard
(figure 20).
3. Insert the new filter. When doing so,
please ensure that the arrow printed on
the filter itself points outwards. (figure21).
4. Close casing opening, and latch.
figure 20
figure 21
Ultra-Fresh* Permanent Filter
This drum-shaped filter requires no maintenance. It will be checked by the service
center when you have the vacuum power unit inspected, after approximately 500
hours of use (around 10 years, depending on use).
* Ultra-Fresh is a trademark of Thomson Research Associates
General Information
If the vacuum unit does not work, check the fuse or breaker on the unit and/or in the
electrical panel in your home, and replace any defective part(s) as deemed necessary.
Please verify that the unit has been installed properly, according to the instructions in
this manual.
Your vacuum cleaning system is designed to collect everyday dry matter (dust).
It is approved by authorized testing agencies for dry use only. Do not use on wet
Should you accidentally vacuum liquids, immediately unplug the unit from the
electric outlet, then empty and wipe the dust recipient with a dry cloth. Then
operate the system from the vacuum inlet through which you vacuumed the liquid,
in order to eliminate all moisture in the piping system.
We strongly recommend against vacuuming abrasive materials such as cement,
plaster and gyproc dust. This fine dust could work its way into the motor, causing
considerable damage. Should you do so inadvertently, immediately clean the
filters and, as a precautionary measure, contact your authorized service center to
determine the extent of the damage to the unit.
Remember that in order for your warranty to remain valid, maintenance of the
motor and repairs to the unit itself must be carried out by an authorized service
center, using original Cyclo Vac or Trovac parts.
Decrease in suction
Dirt recipient / Bag is full Change bag. (see
page 24)
Dirt recipient is not
properly attached
Check clamps holding
dirt recipient, to make
sure they are tight, and
dirt recipient is aligned.
Open vacuum inlet
Close all vacuum inlets
not in use.
Exhaust line is clogged
Verify that no object is
blocking the exhaust.
Blocked hose
Plug the handle end of
the hose into the suction
inlet, thus reversing the
suction in the hose.
Cover the gap around
the handle, to ensure
suitable suction strength,
and ensure contact with
inlet contacts to start the
unit. This should clear
the hose
Decrease in suction
strength (cont.)
Obstruction in the piping
Remove the screw from
the air intake connector,
to free the central
vacuum unit from the
piping system (see figure
3 on page 8). Start the
unit by plugging the
hose into a vacuum
inlet. By placing your
extended hand over the
air intake opening on the
unit, check the suction
strength on the unit itself.
If suction strength is
normal, the obstruction
is in the piping system.
If suction strength is
diminished or completely
absent, have the unit
checked by an authorized
service center.
If none of these suggestions restore suction strength, contact your authorized
service center.
Vacuum will not start
The electrical power is
not connected properly
Ensure that the
power cord is plugged
into a dedicated
grounded electrical
outlet, according to
specifications on pages
13 and 14.
Low voltage wire not
connected properly
Verify the low voltage
wires, make sure they
are properly inserted
into the low voltage inlet,
as per instructions on
pages 15.
Faulty vacuum inlet
Start the vacuum unit
from other inlets in your
home, to identify the
defective inlet.
Unit circuit breaker is off
Press the reset button
to reset the unit circuit
breaker. If unit restarts
and automatically shuts
off shortly after, contact
an authorized service
In-house circuit breaker
is off
Reset the circuit
breaker in your electrical
panel. Verify that your
central vacuum unit
is connected on a
dedicated grounded
circuit (see pages 13
and 14).
Defective on/off hose
Turn the hose ¼ turn in
the vacuum inlet. If unit
starts, have the vacuum
hose checked by a
certified service center.
Vacuum will not stop
Hose improperly inserted Ensure that the hose
into vacuum inlet
end is properly placed
in the vacuum inlet: the
tab on the hose should
fit into the slots on the
inlet, to ensure adequate
contacts for the hose
switch to function (see
page 18).
Defective on/off hose
If the hose is properly
placed in the vacuum
inlet, and the unit
continues running
despite the fact that
the hose switch is in
the “off” position, have
the hose checked by a
service center.
Low voltage wire not
connected properly
While vacuum is on,
unplug low voltage
wires from unit. If
vacuum stops, there’s a
faulty low voltage wire.
Contact your installer
or authorized service
Warranty Information
Your Cyclo Vac vacuum system is protected by a lifetime warranty. We guarantee
that the unit canister will be exempt of any material or manufacturing defect. This
warranty is valid from the date of purchase, for as long as you are the original
owner, and the system remains at its original place of installation.
The motors and electrical components of both E and DL series are entirely
guaranteed for a period of 5 years. As for our DL series, in addition to the 5 year
warranty, the motors and electrical components are guaranteed at 50 % for an
additional 5 year period. Our authorized service center will repair or replace (at
Cyclo Vac’s discretion) the defective part or parts, free of labor costs, for a period
of 5 years. For the DL series, labor costs are covered at 50 % for an additionnal
5 years.
Cyclo Vac Warranty
Motors and Electrical Components
GS Series
1 to 5
100 %
100 %
GX Series
1 to 5
6 to 10
100 %
50 %
100 %
50 %
In order to maintain your warranty, all repairs must be made by an authorized
Cyclo Vac service center, with original Cyclo Vac or Trovac parts. Failure to do so
could void the warranty.
This warranty excludes normal wear and tear of certain parts such as filters,
damages caused (according to Cyclo Vac) by abusive use (ex. : drywall dust,
water, etc.), commercial use, the lack of appropriate maintenance, inadequate
installation, negligence, natural disasters, accidents, and acts of God.
We are certain you’ll be completely satisfied with your Cyclo Vac central vacuum
system. For one year following the date of purchase, if the performance of the
vacuum unit does not meet your expectations, return it to your local Cyclo Vac
service center for a complete refund or credit towards the purchase of a more
powerful Cyclo Vac model. This warranty applies only to the vacuum power unit.
Warranty Information
Warranty Information
All Cyclo Vac recommended attachments* are guaranteed for three years, subject
to certain conditions. If during this three year period, an accessory presents a
manufacturing defect, return it to the nearest authorized Cyclo Vac service center
along with a copy of your invoice (clearly indicating the attachments purchased),
and we will repair or replace the part according to the conditions of the warranty.
This warranty does not cover normal wear and tear of components such as : belts,
brushes, rollers and their components, nor abusive use. It is valid only for normal
domestic use.
*Your Cyclo Vac recommended attachments are clearly identified by a Cyclo Vac
logo. Any other attachment, even if purchased at a Cyclo Vac sales center at the
same time as your power unit, is not covered by the 3 year Cyclo Vac warranty.
This warranty is valid for domestic use only. This warranty is not a modification
but an addition to warranties required by law. Any claim relative to this warranty
must be accompanied by the original invoice. Any changes or modifications made
to the product may invalidate this warranty. Transportation and service calls are
excluded . This warranty is non transferable.
Keep all payment records (bill of sale, delivery slip). The date on these records
establishes the warranty period. Should warranty service be required, you must
show proof of purchase. If proof of purchase cannot be supplied, the warranty
period will be determined from the date of manufacture of the product.
Cyclo Vac shall not be held responsible for any consequential, incidental, or
special damages arising from the use of this central vacuum.
Warranty Information
WEEE Directive
Important Environmental Information – European Economic Area only
This appliance has been assessed in accordance with the European Parliament
Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, usually referred to as the
WEEE Directive.
The WEEE Directive requires that the appliance be disposed of at the end of its
useful life in an environmentally responsible manner. Parts and materials should
be re-used or re-cycled in order that the use of new resources and amount of
waste going for landfill can be minimised.
The WEEE Directive stipulates that the supplier should collect the used item
without cost to you. Please inform the supplier of your wish to have the old
appliance collected when ordering the replacement.
If you wish to dispose of the appliance yourself, do not mix it with unsorted
municipal waste. The crossed-out wheeled bin symbol on the unit label (figure 22)
indicates this requirement. You must ensure that the appliance is disposed of at
an authorised treatment facility. Details can be obtained from your local council.
figure 22
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