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Roomba stops and beeps three times and the max light keeps flashing....

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  • graptak May 20, 2008

    My roomba scheduler 4230 will run for a few minutes and then stops. It gives the "uh oh" tone and then beeps three times. Supposedly this indicates that the vacuum is not functioning. However, even with the bin empty, everything scrubbed clean, the rotating vacuum device behind the grill in the back of the bin cleared, it does the same thing. It does the same thing even with the bin completely detached -- and that's where the vacuum is. So clearly the three beeps signal is not correct. I just bought a new battery for this unit and hate to just toss it. Any ideas?

  • kipas0314 Jun 21, 2008

    I have a roomba discovery and the same thing happens to my unit. I tried cleaning all the brushes and the collection bin, but to no avail.

  • mcescher38 Sep 18, 2008

    I have the same problem and I also just bought a new battery for it.

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Just fixed my roomba that was doing the stop after 2-5 minutes of running, beep 3 times ect... What I did was took off the back part (the trash bin) removed the 5 screws on the bottom, this removes the top and bottom shell, then I removed the 2 screws that are at the bottom of the vacuum's motor. And I cleaned it with a damp cloth. Once clean I let it air dry. She is running like she is new :-)

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

  • ray moreau Nov 24, 2011

    yes this is the proper solution for all Iroomba machines with a 3 beep indicator.
    just did mine and its running without the beeps, thanks

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After reading Solution #4 and not feeling much of any air come out of the vent, I used a flat head screwdriver to remove the grill at the back of the debris bin. I then spun the vacuum impeller around, shaking out any debris that was stuck (a little wad that had plugged it came out). I then replaced the grill and put the dirt bin back on, and my Roomba worked!

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I had the same problem - 3 beep codes. According to iRobot's beep code table, this meant "The robot's vacuum is stalled". To verify this, put your hand in back of the rear vent - if you don't feel a decent amount of air coming out, then the vacuum impeller is indeed not functioning.

iRobot agreed to send us a new dirt cup/impeller assembly, but I figured I'd take a look at the original one and see if I could fix it.

In my case, a ground wire had come un-soldered from the side of the impeller motor casing - crappy factory soldering job. I suspect this is a rather common problem w/ the Roomba design - properly soldering a wire to a bare metal surface like a motor case is tricky to unless it's properly tinned & cleaned.

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Anyway, I cleaned & tinned a small area of the motor case and reattached the wire the *RIGHT* way. Works great now.

If you're reasonable handy, it's not really a major job - about 10 screws & a little patience. The hardest part was removing the impeller from the motor shaft - use a flat head screwdriver, prying gently, and work it off a little at a time.

Now I've got a spare dirt cup / impeller assembly!

I hope this is helpful to others with the same problem.

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Most likely the vacuum motor in the dustbin is stuck. Mine had a piece of grape branch stuck in it and wouldn't turn. Removed the 6 screws and cleaned it out and it works like new.

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I took the whole thing apart completely apart and removed every inch of hair and carpet fibers, removing the yellow wheel inserts and even the white cog wheels (powering the brushes), then took a toothbrush and clorox and scrubbed the front wheel. I took everyone's suggestions and applied them. This is the first time since the day I bought it, this thing worked! Am I going to have to do this every time?

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My roomba scheduler did kinda the same thing. EASY FIX!

It would make one big long beep when I turned it one... yet it would still work. After about 2-3 mins it would stop working, with the power & clean light still green,yet a red status light came on.

As the man suggested, I checked my rear vaccuum thing to see if air was coming out, which it wasn't. I took off the dirt bin, unscrewed like 6 screws, ,wiped it down, & now its running around the floor like it's brand new! (knock on wood!)

Thanks guy!

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In my situation (3 beeps), removing the vent and cleaning out the wads of dirt and hair (see other solutions) enabled the unit to start working again... but only for less than a minute before stopping and giving 3 beeps again.

Here's what solved the problem for me. On one side of the removable dust bin you will see two flat parallel metal "blades" that are actually electrical connections that plug into two spring loaded sprockets when you insert the trash bin into the main unit. When I examined these two metal blades, I noticed they were completely covered in dust and preventing a good electrical connection. I wiped off the dust with a damp rag. For good measure, I also used a very fine sandpaper folded in half and then inserted/jiggled between the spring clips in the main unit to remove any dust there. I then tested, and my Roomba Discovery 400 ran perfectly (30-45 minutes?) until the battery was fully discharged. Before this simple fix, it would run for around 30-45 seconds and then die.

For good measure, don't forget to change the filter in the dust bin every so often (available on eBay and Amazon). Good luck.

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My 4000 also stopped and started. I tried all of the above. Called customer service-they go by the number of beeps it makes to troubleshoot. Mine was four beeps-he asked me to turn it over and make sure the big wheels were turning freely while manually rotating. One was fine-the other was barely moving, which explains its erratic behavior. Tech said it was a mechanism problem witht the drive shaft and the wheel and was not fixable. They are sending me a replacement. Be careful to register your Roomba and save paperwork-there is a one year warranty. Tech service was very nice.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009

Try cleaning the front wheel. it is black and white. when it moves, a sensor detects the change from black to white. if the white part of the wheel is too dirty, the sensor can think the roomba is stuck.

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