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Robot runs for about 5 min. then says clean brushes. brushes do not turn

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The dust build up in these Roomba's do create a problem in all operating phases
Keep in mind if taken apart every 6 months and cleaned inside they will operate like they should

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Why don't my robot brushes turn?


Remember that at least every week you need to take out the brushes, and pretty much everything else that is removable and thoroughly clean them, including the brush hubs. If you have access to compressed air, gently blow out dust/dirt from all the sensors. Regular cleaning is mandatory to keep your Roomba running correctly. In my experience, a good cleaning solves most Roomba issues. Regular cleaning prevents most issues.

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IRobot rumba 4000 seems to run ok and then starts making a kinda hi pitched growling noise and slows way down. it is very clean(blown clean with air compressor)sensors are clear ,newly installed well...


It sounds like your Roomba's brush gears are not working. Run the robot without the dust bin to see if the brushes are turning. If they are not, the robot will need to be replaced. Contact iRobot CS for support at (877) 855-8593.

Dec 05, 2010 | iRobot Roomba 4000 Bagless Robotic Vacuum

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I have cleaned & cleaned this thing! It runs for about 2 mins & stops, says "Clean Brushes"! and now it's very noticeable it's not picking up well... but is picking up a bit. I take the dust bin...


Ok, this is a "Brush Height Adjustment" issue. It will probably work great on a hard surface but on carpet the brushes bog. If you've taken the unit apart already...Sorry....do it again. When you do, you'll see a String which allows the brushes to "Float" on different surface heights. Loosen the screw a little and pull a bit more string through. Re Tighten the screw and put it together enough for a test run. Now reset the roomba.To reset the Roomba, power the Roomba on, and press the Spot, and Dock buttons together for at least 8 seconds. Until it plays a tune. The clock, and any schedule is erased at this time. Try running the Roomba with the dust bin removed to see the brushes spin easier.

Second method, is taking off the bottom cover, and removing the battery. While it's removed, and not plugged into the charger, press the clean button for at least 20 seconds. This will erase the memory. Replace battery, and cover. Run the Roomba to see if the brushes start to spin. You can also remove the brush housing by removing the 4 screws and reseating it, to see if it was a bad connection, since you have the bottom cover off.

Mar 26, 2010 | iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuum

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Roomba keeps saying "Clean Brushes"!!


Have you made sure the brushes aren't clogged with thread and hair, and that the brush bearings are still good?

1) remove the brush guard.
2) remove the brushes
3) remove any hair or debris using the cleaning tool

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4) replace the Roombas brush bearings

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5) replace brushed and brush guards

If this doesn't work then, try the following:
  1. Power off the Roomba.
  2. Remove the dirt bin.
  3. Place the robot upside down on a flat, padded surface.
  4. Check for any dust or dirt obstructing the Cliff Sensors (with Roomba upside down, the sensors are located in the four rectangular areas just inside the edge of the front bumper).
  5. Next, press the front bumper in to make sure it springs back.
  6. Make sure both yellow brush caps are installed correctly
  7. Make sure the main brush and the flapper brush each have a yellow bearing installed correctly.
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Mar 26, 2010 | Roomba Robotic Floor Bagless Vacuum

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Discovery brushes won't turn. All bearings clean.


usually fibre jammed in wheel / brushes. try small hook run around spaces in unit toremove usuall human hair

Sep 14, 2009 | Roomba Robotic Floor Bagless Vacuum

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Can not charge thr battery


bbaker58,
When you press the "clean" button after charging, does the Roomba give you any audible tones? Those tones are the key to understanding failures in the 400 series. See chart below to decode those tones
If you get no tones at all, then either (1) you're not getting power from the battery to the main circuit board or (2) the main circuit board is dead. You really have to open the unit up to figure out which it is. Circuit board replacement is a pretty involved procedure since it requires disassembly of almost the entire robot. If you are brave and want to try it, replacement PCAs are available from places like www.RoboticVacParts.com. They are my favorite shop because they sell parts tha iRobot refuses to sell to consumers and they're prices always beat what iRobot charges.

Roomba Says
What It Means
What You Should Do
Plays 4-note song as Power button blinks RED
Play sound The battery is low and needs recharging
• Connect the robot to the charger or Home Base® and recharge the battery. “Ehh”
Play sound The Cliff Sensors are dirty or malfunctioning
• Pick up your robot and turn it over.*
• Check for any debris that might be caught underneath the front bumper, around the Cliff Sensors.
• Wipe the Sensors with a lint-free cloth or use compressed air to clean them out.
"Uh-oh"
A wheel is stuck or is not touching the ground
• Lift the robot and place it down again.
• Press the Clean button to restart the cycle. “Uh-oh” plus 1 beep

The robot's main brushes are stalled
• Pick up your robot, turn it over* and remove the wire guard.
• Look for something blocking the brushes; you may need to remove and reinstall the brushes to remove the obstruction. “Uh-oh” plus 2 beeps
The robot's Side Brush is stalled
• Pick up your robot and turn it over*
• Check to see if something is wrapped around the Side Brush.
• Remove the Side Brush with a screw driver and check for string or hair wrapped under it.
• Replace the Side Brush, place Roomba in the center of the room and press Clean to resume cleaning. “Uh-oh” plus 3 beeps

The robot's vacuum is stalled
• Remove and empty the Dirt Bin.
• Use a flat-head screwdriver to remove the grill at the back of the Dirt Bin.
• Spin the Vacuum Impeller around, shaking out any debris that may be stuck.
• Replace the grill and the Dirt Bin. “Uh-oh” plus 4 beeps

Play sound
The robot's Drive Wheels are stalled
• Your robot may be stuck, or something may be caught in a wheel.
• If it's stuck, place it in the center of the room and press Clean. It should resume cleaning.
• If it is not stuck, lift the robot, turn it over* and look for something caught in the wheels. Test the wheels by pushing them in and out and making sure they rotate freely. Place robot in the center of the room, press Clean, and it should resume cleaning.
If this continues to happen every time you clean, you may need a software upgrade. Contact iRobot Customer Support.
“Uh-oh” plus 5 beeps
The robot's Cliff Sensors are obstructed
• Pick up your robot and turn it over.*
• Check for any debris that might be caught underneath the front bumper, around the Cliff Sensors.
• Wipe the Sensors with a lint-free cloth or use compressed air to clean them out. “Uh-oh” plus 6 beeps

The robot's Wheel Drop Sensors are overloaded (robot is stuck in a bumpy area)
• Pick up your robot, place it in the center of the room, then power it off and then on again.
• Select the cleaning cycle you prefer and let it go to work.
“Uh-oh” plus 9 beeps

The robot's Wheel Drop Sensors have failed at startup
• This failure requires you to contact iRobot Customer Support. Click here to send us an email. “Uh-oh” plus 10 beeps

The robot's bumper is not registering obstacles
• If the robot travels for a long distance without bumping into anything (which would be unusual), it might think it’s stuck and can’t move; press Clean again and it should resume cleaning.

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try to replace the filter, that should work.

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Please clean Roomba s brushes warning will not stop after brushes have been cleaned Unit shuts off after one minute of cleaning


Clean the yellow brush bearings. Then run the Roomba without the dustbin, so that you can watch the brush while the unit is cleaning. Is it turning? If not, call customer support. 877-855-8593. Have your Roomba with you; they will want information from it. Good luck.

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4296 Robotic Vacuum _ Brush quit spinning


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