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No suction on Roomba 560

Roomba 560 suddenly has no suction. Was working perfectly, all brushes working properly, but not picking up larger debris. Any way to check the suction on fix?

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    The roomba is not picking up anything

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Larger debris is usually the responsibility of the brushes. Remove the bin and run the Roomba-- are the brushes actually turning? If not, call customer support for a new cleaning head module. If so, remove the grill from the back of the bin. Make sure that the little fan inside is clean, then reinstall the bin on the Roomba and run it. If that little fan doesn't spin, your Roomba has lost vacuum suction and you need a new bin.

Posted on Jun 03, 2009

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Fan is spinning but nothing makes it into the fine dust bin like when it was new. The big stuff gets into the large item bin because of the brushes. All the fine dust accumulates around the rubber strip. Does someone make a stronger Fan for these units?

Posted on Nov 13, 2012

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