How to Troubleshoot a Roomba

By Allen Young

Roombas are a lifesaver for many busy housekeepers, but occasionally something goes amiss with these little robotic vacuum cleaners. Troubleshooting the problem shouldn't take long.

Things You'll Need

  • Roomba

Step 1

Re-insert the battery. If your Roomba is continually stalling, the battery may be inserted incorrectly or may have been jarred loose. Drop the battery in and press it down gently.

Step 2

Clean the brushes and bearings. If your Roomba starts, stops and spins, it is probably clogged with debris. Use compressed air for hard-to-reach spots and a paper clip for the bearings. Get all hair out of the brushes.

Step 3

Empty the bin regularly. If the Roomba stops, says "Uh-oh" and beeps eight times, it is probably overfull. Dump the contents of the bin, and wipe it out with a clean cloth.

Step 4

Place the home base in a spot that will not confuse the robot. If your Roomba stops and spins in front of the base, it is getting conflicting signals: one to dock, the other preventing it from docking in cleaning mode.

Step 5

Keep the area you use the Roomba in clear of cords or small objects. Your Roomba can become trapped or entangled, so make sure it has room to do its job by keeping things off the floor.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the virtual wall and the cliff sensor to keep your Roomba from entering areas you want it to stay out of or from falling down the stairs.
  • If your battery is completely drained, the charging indicator won't come on until the battery has charged for about 30 minutes.