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Roomba Scheduler will not dock

I have just recently gotten my roomba and it works great. Only thing is, when the power light goes from green to yellow/orange, it is my understanding that it should automatically dock itself when it comes across the charger/home base. It acts like it sees the charger - like when it gets close to it, it changes directions. I even set it to 'spot', when it gets done with the spot cycle, it circles around a bit and shuts down right in front of the base. I have to manually set the roomba on the charger. I have ordered a remote, not sure if that will help. I'm about ready to send it back. Please help

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  • srfugger Dec 28, 2008

    roomba 560 will not return to its dock after vacuuming--it just runs itself out of battery charge

  • MuddBuddha Mar 19, 2009

    Same problem.....

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2009

    Which contact?

  • Confused 2 May 11, 2010

    If the Roomba does not even try to dock, how would cleaning the contact do anything? The problem is not about charging after it docks.

  • Anonymous Jul 08, 2016

    I had the same issue and a new battery did the trick.

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Clean the contact on the robot and it will dock.

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Clean every part, maybe a hair slow down the wheels and thats why need more power.

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With proper care, one iRobot Roomba battery can last for hundreds of cleaning cycles before you need to replace it. Here are some things you can do to extend Roomba's battery life and keep Roomba cleaning at peak performance:



Use your Roomba frequently. Your Roomba is powered by a rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery, which lasts the longest when you use it regularly.



Keep the brushes clean. If the brushes and brush axles get clogged with hair and other debris, your Roomba will strain to spin them, using more battery power than normal. In extreme cases, the battery can even be damaged. See How to remove and clean Roomba's brushes



Keep your Roomba plugged in when not in use. If you have a Home Base®, keep your Roomba docked in the Home Base and plugged into the charging brick. If you don’t have a Home Base, keep your Roomba plugged into the APS Fast Charger.



Make sure you are charging your Roomba correctly. When your Roomba is plugged in correctly, the solid green light should be illuminated on the charger or on the Home Base.



Plug your Roomba in as soon as possible after using Max Mode. Leaving your Roomba unplugged for more than 24 hours can damage the battery.



Place your Roomba and the Home Base on a smooth, hard surface when yourRoomba is plugged in. Make sure your Roomba and the Home Base have plenty of space for ventilation. Do not charge your Roomba on a carpet or rug.



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Remove the battery when not using your Roomba for a long period of time. If you will not be using your Roomba for more than a few weeks, fully charge the battery, remove it, and store it in a cool, dry place. When you want to use your Roomba again, insert the battery and fully charge it. Leaving your Roomba plugged in for weeks when it is not being used can damage the battery.

You can purchase a second battery or replacement online at the iRobot Store.

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