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IRobot Roomba won't charge

I had my iRobot Roomba in storage for 8 months. I didn't take the battery out and when I tried to charge it, it came up with the message "error 3" I did what the trouble shooter said many times but it is still flashing red and has the same "error 3" message. Does this mean I need a new battery?

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  • fumanchew Feb 02, 2014

    I just cleared error code 3 on my roomba 551. We replaced the battery and received error code 3. After searching the web for answers most replies recommended changing out the remote charger or power supply, and ultimately replacing the roomba itself. I read the manual again and noted that the roomba has the option for a direct charge from the power supply without the remote charger. With the roomba disconnected from the charging unit press and hold the large center "CLEAN" button, the unit will reset and start the language options beginning with "ENGLISH". Stop there and let the unit time out, the clean button light will go out. Disconnect the charger plug from the remote charging unit and find the direct charge receptacle on the side of the roomba (located at about 3 o'clock). Plug the power supply directly to your roomba and it should begin charging without error. This will also allow you to use your remote charger again. If this fails then perhaps you do need a new unit. But if you get error 3 after installing a new battery this may be your fix. Best wishes and regards.

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