For anyone who’s using a Roomba robovac, you may at least once experience several problems with the device.
The most common solution of all users is to reset it.
When you feel that your robotic vacuum cleaner does not turn on or charge for example, then you must troubleshoot the issue by resetting the software.
So, how to reset Roomba?
In this article, we’re going to provide you the guide on giving your Roomba a reset as well as tips and advice to solve other problems that you often encounter. Hope the following info will bring ease to all users whenever using this small machine.
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What to do when your Roomba won’t work or charge?
1/ Reset iRobot Roomba 500 and 600 series
The very first thing is to make sure your device if off.
Remove the Roomba vacuum from the charge dock. Turn it off in cast you want to do the battery replacement. When your robot already has the new battery, turn it on by pressing the CLEAN button. Release the button once the green light is displayed.
The next thing to do is to hold both the DOCK and SPOT buttons at the same time in order to make the green light go off.
With this step, you must wait for 10 seconds.
Instantly release the buttons as soon as you see the light goes off, and the beeping sound after that means your Roomba is on the booting process.
Put your Roomba back to its charger for a re-connection and wait until the green light appears. If you have no idea whether or not the robovac has rebooted yet, then simply press the CLOCK button.
In case you find all the clock settings are cleared, the answer is that your device has definitely reset.
Again set your schedule, time and date…and your Roomba is ready to work.
2/ Reset iRobot Roomba 700, 800 and 900 series
You need to press the CLEAN button and hold it down for approximately 10 seconds until the ‘rSt’ text appears on the screen.
When seeing the text, you can release the CLEAN button and leave the Roomba turning off; at that moment, you will hear some weird tones as the indicator implying your robotic vacuum cleaner has reset successfully.
Remember that you must reprogram your schedule, time and date once you reset the iRobot Roomba. Why? All the information and memories will be deleted during the reset process.
When you should reset your Roomba?
It doesn’t mean all problems occurring to your Roomba robovac can be solved by resetting the device; also, it’s not that your unit has an issue whenever it needs a reset.
Here are two primary situations that users usually have to reset the robot vacuum:
1/ Software issues
Just like any other digital equipment out there, your robotic vacuum cleaner needs a software program for operation. If one day it doesn’t work properly or spins around without cleaning at all, then it seems to be that the software has encountered some issues.
Please notice when:
- Your Roomba deletes the set schedule automatically
- The vacuum is unable to load the launcher
- The unit can perform the cleaning process accurately
These signs may indicate that your robot is dealing with excessive data in memory.
For this problem to be resolved, you’re recommended to give it a reset so that it can remove all unnecessary information making the Roomba struggle from its performance.
2/ Battery replacement
If you’re planning to purchase a Roomba, keep in mind this small machine utilizes the rechargeable battery. Of course nothing lasts forever; therefore, the lifespan of a battery will be shortened due to time and use.
You can tell your battery is having problems if you find it won’t dock or running out of power too quickly in one cleaning cycle.
When this happens, you must change a new battery for your robot.
As a must-do step whenever replacing the battery, you need to reset the iRobot Roomba as well as reprogram everything as I said above. Nevertheless, in case the issue still exists after the battery is replaced, then the problem may be from the device itself.
Call the iRobot support if the robot vacuum still doesn’t work after the reset.
How to reset the Roomba battery?
You feel that the cleaning cycle of your Roomba recently is not as effective as before, and it even won’t charge after a session. It’s probably the sign showing the battery is exhausted from time and use. By resetting the battery in a correct way, it can recover and be able to work for a relatively long time.
Some steps to follow:
- Press the CLEAN button to turn on the Roomba
- Hit the SPOT and DOCK buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds
- Release both buttons at the same time as soon as you hear the typical beep sound
- Stop loading the robot for at least 12 hours and then try it
Once the battery is reset, you can immediately feel an increase in the cleaning cycles of your Roomba robovac.
Most importantly, always keep the robot’s rollers clean or all the debris and dust can drain much energy from moving around more than you expect. For a great maintenance, it’s a must to clean the brushes once per week and the whole machine once a month.
Apply our tips and advice here to prolong your battery life!
Now you already know simple ways on how to reset Roomba via this post.
The thing is: you can’t reset the device all the time! Resetting your iRobot Roomba only solves certain problems, not everything. If you’re sure that the unit is struggling from software-related issues, then giving it a reset is the first solution.
On the other hand, if you have no idea why the robovac doesn’t work properly, especially the reason is not from the software, then you need to quickly contact a Roomba expert or the manufacturer.
Don’t try to resolve the issue when you know nothing or it can backfire on you!
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