My Scooba runs for about 30 secs. and then stops and I get a red 1 in the Service section. Technical support said the vacuum has failed and there is nothing that can be done to fix it. Does ANYONE have a solution to this? I have only used this machine about 12 times in the last year but my warranty has expired. I am NOT a happy camper.
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Hello, Take the battery out and hold the switch down for 30 seconds, to reset the curcuit board, then charge back up for 12 hours. this should take care of it. If I can help future please call @ 1561-848-3387 Thank you, Teresa. Clean Sweep Vacuums
Do you leave the battery on charge long enough? Try 4-hours up to overnight. If so, then the battery is probably at the end of it's useful life. Getting a new battery depends on cost versus life expectancy of the robot and whether it does the job you want it to do.
Remove and clean all of the wheels, and make sure the cliff sensors under the bumper are clean. Tap the bumper with your hand-- really smack it a couple of times. It sounds like the Scooba believes it's stuck against an obstacle.
Rinse the four ports on the underside of the tank with warm water, particularly the round opening that covers your Scooba's vacuum port and the curved one that matches the filter. Odds are, there's a clog in there and your Scooba knows it. Rinse the two oval ports as well, as thoroughly as you can.
Also, try priming the pump with water. The iRobot website shows how to do this under the Scooba troubleshooting section.
Then run the unit with water and vinegar (in place of the Clorox Cleaning Solution) if possible.
You probably have the manual, but here's the link to the Scooba 5800 manual anyway - just in case this would be useful to you: -->
You could use a voltmeter to check the battery, but only a few months use shouldn't be enough to wear it out. If you don't have a load-tester to verify the battery's load-capacity, then you can check the voltage drop. (Assuming you can get it to contact the Scooba's circuits.)
To do this, just check the battery voltage, apply a load by inserting it in the machine and turning it on, then check the battery voltage again. An excessive drop in voltage may indicate the battery needs replacing.
However, the red blinking light is Scooba's indicator that it doesn't detect the battery at all. The first thing to do in this case is to clean the electrical contacts on the battery and in the Scooba.
Use a damp cloth and a bit of toothpaste to rub the contacts clean on the battery and in the machine. (Toothpaste has mild abrasives in it and will clean the electric contacts without damaging them.) Make sure that both the battery and the Scooba are clean and dry before re-inserting the battery.
Also, if the electric contacts in the machine are flexible matal tabs then verify that the tabs are standing up high enough to make good contact with the battery contacts.
Hopefully the battery just needs it's contacts cleaned for your unit to work, but test the battery if you are sure that they are clean and seated properly to the contacts in the machine. If the battery appears to be failing, then contact www.irobot.com to cheack and see if they are still covered under your machine's warranty.
Hope this helps! :)
I calledthe company and they told me to forcefully flush warm water repeatedly through the valve that is just above the brush release button the the mechanical part of the scooba. It may take 20 or 30 flushes (I used a turkey baster, iRobot suggested a children's nasal syringe) and "Scooby" is running great.