Roomba Troubleshooting- Common Roomba Problems and Fixes
Your beloved vaccuming pet robot is acting funny. He spins in circles instead of sticking resolutely to his daily rounds. He loses power at strange intervals or won’t charge at all. And if he’s already out of his warranty, getting someone to fix the little droid might cost more than it cost you to bring him home.
Before you panic: You can do simple Roomba troubleshooting without opening up the unit. Opening up a Roomba unit means losing your warranty if it’s still in force. Try these easy fixes before you tear your unit apart and get stuck having to send him out for service anyway:
1. Perhaps a bath.
Since Roomba combats dirt all day, sometimes he can get dust or other particles trapped inside. You won’t be able to get to all the working parts inside Roomba without taking him apart, and it’s not a good idea to put him in the tub. Instead buy a can of compressed air and give him an air bath. Make sure to blast around the wheels and into the undercarriage.
Sometimes the power cycle on Roomba needs to be reset. Take out the battery and hold the power button down for fifteen seconds, just like you would to reset your modem. Then put the battery back in and give him a recharge for a full 72 hours without interruption. If you try to get him running again before the 72 hours is up you might have to go through the whole process again. And if that doesn’t work, you may need a new battery.
3. Circle Dance of Death.
If Roomba is whirling in a circle and acting confused, there could be a problem with his sensor. Motoring around all day wheel-high in dust can take a toll on sensors, which are optic controls that need to be able to “see” what’s going on. There are some of these both inside and outside the Roomba unit. But before you decide to take him apart, turn Roomba over and check all areas for dust, string, and especially hair. Dust off his sensor carefully and clean the brush, and remove anything he might be carrying around from a particularly nasty confrontation with your floor. For some people this little bit of Roomba troubleshooting is all it takes to get him back on track.
4. Stopped in his tracks.
Sometimes Roomba keeps trying to move forward but can’t seem to do it. Check the drive wheel. Sometimes a bit of string or hair, ( or gum or Mystery Substance) can be clogging the wheel, much like what happens to that really annoying grocery cart that keeps ruddering left instead of straight down the aisle. Clean debris from the wheels as best you can, and let him try again. ‘
Most simple Roomba troubleshooting tricks can be done without opening him up or sending him out for service. If all else fails though, there are repair services avaiable online and even a DIY repair kit you can order if you’re not concerned about the warranty. So if your droid is sick, don’t give up hope. He might just need a little TLC.