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Roomba won't pick up debris

My roomba is only 1 month old and it won't pick up the debris right...not only will it not pick up the debris right, it won't put anything in the actual bin...it only picks up dust in the filter...i have changed everything possible (brushes, filters, cleaned it by the book!) trying to fix this problem and i still can't get it to work properly.

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  • taledo2000 Jun 26, 2008

    I am having the exact same problem. My Roomba is a little older (by months) but still too young to be giving out. If anyone has a solution, I would greatly appreciate it.

  • erich_fritz Aug 22, 2008

    I have the same problem. It seems like the brush roller has lost it's "stickiness" and that hair, lint, etc. isn't being swept into the bin. I've tried replacing the brush roller, but to no effect. So now I think it might be the bin, specifically the "teeth" on the bin that rake lint off the brush roller into the bin, but I can't see what might be the problem there.

  • markes14 Aug 26, 2008

    I have the same problem mine is older by a couple of years. It has been picking up the dust but not any debris off the floor. Should I even try changing the brushes?

  • vejron Nov 06, 2008

    We are on the same boat!;/ My roomba got crazy 2 days ago, but the symptoms are the same...besides I bought it in USA and now it works in Europe.

    HELP ANYONE WHO CAN PLEASE!

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I had this problem until I wiped the dirt sensor, which you will find under the rollers.

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The vacuum is broken, mine started working after replacing the dust bin vacuum unit. Unfortunately it is broken again now, after 6 months :(

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