I turn turn my roomba on, I push a nd select the size of the room and it plays a little tune, then the spin brush does spin for like 2 seconds and then nothing else. Please help me fix this problem. Thanks
My Roomba has had a battery issue for some time now. I haven't used it in quite a while (months, years, I don't know for sure) because it would complain of a discharged battery after only a few minutes of cleaning. However, now when I finally tried to use it again, a new problem appeared.
Now, it charges normally, if I plug the cord directly into the Roomba. It will not mate with the home base, however, even if I place it on the contacts manually.
When I start it, all the buttons come on green. I then press a button to make it begin cleaning. The motor whirs up and runs for about 1 second, then it shuts down. About one second later, the power light and lights behind whichever button(s) I pressed (to give it a job) flash green then the system sits silent, and doesn't do anything else.
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TYhe iRobot Roomba has different model designations. Here is a webpage with a list of what the beeps mean in the 400 series. I am thinking that is what you have. 3 beeps means the dirt cup is dirty, filters are dirty, or debris in collecting and it needs to be cleaned.
Here is the webpage: http://uksupport.irobot.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1047/kw/iRobot%20Roomba%20Discovery%20SE%20Bagless%20Robotic%204200%20series%20Vacuum%20beeps%203%20times/related/1
Hope this helps. If it does, I would appreciate a vote. Thanks,
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.
Try running your roomba with the dust bin removed to see if the brushes turn. Take the brushes out and make sure they're clean. You may need to replace the brushes if they're worn. Failing that, you can find instructions on how to take your roomba apart. Take out the brush assembly and open the screws on the side of it to expose the gears that drive the brushes. There will probably be a lot of gunk in there jamming them up. You might need to check the motor too.
Unscrew and remove the side brush. There is probably a wad of hair and dirt underneath it that's keeping it from spinning. When it's clean, *snap* the brush back on, then screw it into place. If it still doesn't turn, you'll need a new module. Call support: 877-855-8593. Good luck.
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.
I thought my brushes were clean, but here is what I discovered, and it fixed my Roomba.
The yellow bearing on the opposite end the brush rollers from the gearbox will pull off the shaft. These bearings spun freely and looked clean, but when I pulled them off there was hair and junk between the end of the brush and the back of the bearing. When installed in the Roomba this gook warms up and gets sticky causing friction and stopping the brush from spinning.
Use a toothpick to pull this stuff out and the brushes spin free again. I was very frustrated, and this fixed it, works like new again.
Make sure you take off the little cap at the end (the one that spins -- just grab it and pull it straight off) and clean under it too. The rest of the brush may look perfectly clean but what happens is that hair gets stuck under spinning cap and, like a slowly growing washer, it pushes the whole brush toward the gear box. When it gets pushed over enough, the large yellow ring starts to rub against the side of the brush deck making it harder for the motor to turn the brush and you get that "remove and clean brushes" message.
Roomba does much of its cleaning by the brush and roller on the bottom, but an important part is the little fan at the back of the debris bin which provides 100% of the 'suction.'
First, take off the vent cover on the back of the debris compartment and start Roomba on a mission. You will see the little turbine spin (if it's working) and probably a little dust cloud will come out.
It may not be working at best efficiency, however, because dirt gets sucked into the housing and blocks much of the air flow. Now that you know what the fan/turbine looks like (it's quite small, only the size of two stacked silver dollars), peer down into the larger opening of the debris bin and view the turbine from the other side. Chances are there's some crud stuck down there which is impeding air flow. (There's a hollow part of the turbine where the air is sucked into before being expelled out the back, that's probably filled with pet hair/dust/etc.) Clean that out using a long knife, chopsticks, or anything else that can reach down in there. Bang the dust bin down (lightly) to dislodge any more hair that's up there and continue cleaning until it's all gone.
I've had 3 Roomba's and they all get hair stuck up there. I only have to do this once a year or so (multi-cat and dog household here!) but it makes all the difference in the world.
I was having the same problem. Roomba would run for 30 seconds and then stop. I tried everything -- then I took the small rubber brush out and removed the small nut at the end. It was packed with dust to the point that it could not turn easily. I cleaned it out and now it is working like a champ. I think the automatic shut down was just a sign that there was too much strain to turn the brushes.