Are you having trouble with your Roomba?
Compared to other cleaning robots, Roomba robotic vacuums offer cleaning with the most convenience and comfort.
However, they may encounter with some problems at times, such as running out of battery power.
Of course they require frequent maintenance to extend the life span.
If you want to give your Roomba the best care, then make sure you see all the error numbers or listen to the beeps as that let you know what you should do for your Roomba needs.
In this Roomba troubleshooting guide, I’m going to discuss some issues often happening to the Roomba vacuum and give tips to deal with them.
Let’s have a look!
How Do You Get the Roomba to Dock?
You find your Roomba not docking?
For those who don’t know, the Roomba is a vacuuming robot. Therefore, it will return to the home base to dock itself once the cleaning cycle is over or it runs out of battery. When it docks itself, the system also starts recharging.
Surely you can manually send your robot home so that it can dock itself if prefer. This means you don’t have to wait for the cleaning cycle to be over or until the battery gets low.
The issue here is: your Roomba just won’t dock!
Or much worse, some find that their Roomba dies before docking.
Is there any way to fix it and how?
I must say this is a common issue with the Roomba 650, and the common reasons could be because of:
- Debris on the Roomba sensors underneath the unit
- Bad or no continuity of the Roomba sensors
- The docking station pins do not operate correctly
You can fix these problems, but it’s just temporarily.
In case your Roomba is out of the warranty period, you are recommended to give it a temporary fix to verify the issue first and then quickly purchase a new docking station for the replacement.
Most docking stations aren’t really cheap; nonetheless, it’s much better than buying a brand-new Roomba as well as more reliable than a temporary fix. Note that adding tape or paper in the docking station will lead to a potential fire threat.
How Do I Reset My Roomba ?
Actually, resetting the software in your Roomba robot is quite simple.
Hold down the two buttons marked ‘DOCK’ and ‘SPOT’ simultaneously. You can find them located on either side of the ‘CLEAN’ button. Press and count to ten and then simply release them.
You will hear the ‘beep’ sound meaning the system will be reset. The progress will remove all scheduled cleaning times and resolve some problems relating to the software.
When you need to give Roomba battery reset?
If you see the dock light flashes, this means your Roomba’s power is getting low and needs to return to its charging station. However, as I said above, sometimes your robotic vacuum cannot find the docking station.
Or after a long time using, you may notice the time for charging becomes longer while the device quickly runs out of power.
Those signs let you know your Roomba robot’s battery needs a reset.
- Initially, you have to charge the unit as fully as possible
- Press the ‘CLEAN’ button to turn the Roomba unit on; next, press and hold down both the ‘DOCK’ and ‘SPOT’ buttons until you see the dim light from ‘CLEAN’ button
- The robot will chirp to indicate it’s been reset
- Plug your robot into the charger until the ‘CLEAN’ button turns green
- Continue charging the Roomba throughout 3 days, and the progress should not be interrupted
- Put the robot to work to drain out of its power so that you can do the battery reset again
If the run times do not improve, then you may want to buy a new Roomba battery.
How Many Years Does a Roomba Battery Last?
If you keep it properly, then the battery life expectancy for this robotic vacuum cleaner will increase.
I’ve been using iRobot Roomba for almost 2 years and it still works like a new one, just incredible. So personally I think the life expectancy of a Roomba battery would last more than 5 years.
For the long-term storage of a Roomba battery, you must remove it from your robot and put in a cool, dry place. Significantly, only store Roomba batteries after giving them a fully charge. In order to use the Roomba again, simply insert the battery and charge the device 100%.
Also, get the answer for why my Roomba won’t charge!
How Long Does a Roomba Take to Clean a Room?
Did you just buy a Roomba vacuum?
Well, a new Roomba will happily clean away all the dirt and debris from any where in your house within one and two hours.
If you use the machine weekly for a year or two, you will realize the battery power has been reduced – the cleaning time lasts for 30–40 minutes after two years. And, 40 minutes are not be enough for the robot to clean a single room.
That’s why you must give your Roomba the maintenance constantly.
Should you get one for your home?
If you dislike vacuuming and are interested in gadgets, then the Roomba machine is definitely a choice for you.
Reliable and versatile, this well-maintained robotic vacuum cleaner will give you hours of free time and let you enjoy the comfort of your sofa because it enables to clean everywhere in one go.
If you want to keep the Roomba moving around your place for a long time, the key is to provide it proper maintenance and care.
- Clean it frequently
- Protect it from the stairs
- Keep your Roomba close to the charger so that it can dock itself with ease
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