Is your Roomba brush not spinning?
Well, if that’s the problem you’re having with your Roomba, then this is the right place. When it comes to Roomba brush stops spinning, there are various reasons. Perhaps the connectors or wires have a problem, or the motors are jammed.
In the modern day, the robot vacuum has become more popular. Compact, comfortable, and easy to use, it’s the best solution for many households. In case the brush of your iRobot Roomba is not working, keep track of the following info.toc
When Your Roomba is NOT Spinning…
If this happens, please take a look at your device and answer these questions first:
- Have you charged and plugged it in?
- Have you checked the battery status on the robot cleaner?
- Is there any object blocking the sight of your Roomba and causing its brush not to spin?
You must check carefully; sometimes the brush stops spinning because it runs out of battery or hits a hindrance.
If it’s not because of any of the reasons above, let’s continue reading to find out tips for solving this issue as well as other problems related to Roomba brush. No need to worry because this kind of matter will occur at some point when owning a robot vacuum cleaner.
It can’t work well all the time, right?
Tips to fix a Roomba won’t dock here!
1. Why is Roomba brush not spinning?
When you find your robot vacuum works more quietly than usual or completely stops the cleaning process, it’s the time to come up with this question. Yes, probably the brush has stopped spinning.
As mentioned earlier, this could be the result of a jam in the motor caused by hair, dust, as well as other debris in general. If you don’t clean your device for weeks, all the dirt will be stuck and make the brush unable to spin.
You may need to purchase a replacement brush module if Roomba brush is not spinning and debris is not the reason. However, what to do if it still doesn’t work properly after you already change the brush? At this point, have a look at the wires or connectors of this iRobot to see if there’s any loose, corrosion or damage.
Search for a DVOM (digital volt-ohm meter) around the house and check the connector in order to make sure the motor has power. For any defect in there, you can consider either giving necessary repairs or changing the whole engine.
Most significantly, you need to examine the motherboard to figure out if any component is damaged, burnt, or loosened inside.
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2. Why is Roomba side brush not spinning at all?
Aside from the main brush, you also encounter the same problem with Roomba side brush. The thing is that sometimes it doesn’t stop at once; it still spins, not always but more like occasionally.
The first thing you can do is to check to see whether or not the device shows any error code. If not, then it’s time to consider how old your Roomba is. If you have just been using it for a while or only ordered it to clean dirt areas, the matter for both is possibly the same. You may need to clean the robotic vacuum or replace the old side brush with the new one.
Here are steps to clean your Roomba device:
- Open the brush part and motor compartment.
- Use a screwdriver to remove all the screws on the case holding the motor section and find out if any wear on the body of the case.
- iRobot says that wear is the reason causing movement restrictions to the brush; that explains why it can’t spin constantly.
- Clean the main brushes, brushes from the corners, and bin then turn off the robot.
- Scatter a bit of debris (bread crumbs, cereal, paper, etc.) in front of it.
- Now turn on the vacuum; then, press and keep the cleaning option for 3 seconds to clear the previous task.
- Press the clean button again to start the cleaning session.
Another fault making Roomba side brush unable to spin is from the mapping run.
If the problem still occurs after all the repairs, I suggest you to contact the iRobot customer support for guide.
Read more: How to reboot Roomba correctly?
3. Why is the side brush not spinning even after cleaning?
Now this is a real problem.
There are two main problems causing this:
- Firstly, it seems like the brush or motor is physically damaged.
- Secondly, hair and debris built up can become clog in the middle of the brush and motor stopping them from moving.
How to fix this?
Remove the screw with the screwdriver to open the side brush and its module in order to have a look at the underneath there. You then surely see the area with hair, dirt, and other debris. Clean them all and reassemble the robot vacuum. If it work normally again, then the problem is solved.
In case it still remains, take out the current side brush module for the replacement.
Of course contact iRobot customer service for support if the product is still under warranty.
To Wrap up
Keep in mind that hair or debris is the main reason making Roomba brush not spinning most of the time.
So, regular maintenance for your robot vacuum is necessary.
You should often check and remove stuff wrapped around its wheels and brushes. For consumers having a cleaning tool, you can clean the brushes and head module at least once every week. In case you find any damage on Roomba brush, please quickly replace it with a new one to remain the device’s efficiency.
When it comes to cleaning machine, the technology development is great overall but damages are something we can avoid. The best thing we can do is to reduce them with regular maintenance.
It’s advised that you should change the brushes after 6 months using.
Please leave your comment below if having any question about iRobot Roomba.
Dee Meadows says
The 2 brushes on the bottom (not the side brush) will not spin. Our roomba is only 3 days old. There is no debris or hair in it.