Question about iRobot 5800 Scooba Vacuum
For the first dozen times that I used my scooba my filter had dirt in it (as it should) but now it remains clean and the scooba leaves the dirt behind on the floor. Can anyone suggest a solution? Any help gratefully accepted. Thanks!
I have had the same problem for six months and finally found the solution.
The problem is that the air duct into the dirty water tank was blocked. The air flows up the black removeable hose, into the dirty water tank and out through the filter. With the air duct into the dirty water tank blocked, no dirt gets anywhere near the filter.
The black removeable hose is the hose in the base of Scooba that the instructions tell the user to clean after each use. Despite cleaning this hose after each use, plenty of cat hair and other dirt passed by the hose and got lodged above it on the tank side of the incoming air duct.
The air duct into the dirty water tank is formed out of the blue plastic the tank is made from. You can find it by looking to see where the black removeable hose lines up with the tank when it is placed on Scooba. It is the same diameter is a the removeable black hose so you can't miss it.
Getting the gunk out is tricky because there is a bend in the duct. I fished most of it out with my fingers and then poked a bendable plastic spoon handle to get further down the duct. I then flushed water down it and shook the tank to get more out. After cleaning, water dripped into the air vent would come out the dirty water tank drain hole with little resistance.
After cleaning the air intake duct I ran my Scooba and got dirt in the filter for the first time in months.
Posted on Aug 10, 2008
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