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Roomba Not Charging? (Here’s How to Fix It)

Roomba Not Charging? (Here’s How to Fix It)

Roomba is one of the most well-known robotic vacuum cleaners available. It’s a popular choice for folks who want to carry on with their daily activities while a machine cleans. But over time, the Roomba’s functionality can experience issues. 

Many consumers claim that Roomba won’t dock or charge at all. Even though they did everything possible, from cleaning the contacts inside the battery to contacting the company’s customer support, there’s still no solution they could find to solve this problem. But don’t worry because we got your back. 

To briefly explain, here are a few things that you can do:

What to do?Explanation
Clean the charging contact points. Your Roomba’s charging and connection to its Home Base are handled by these metal strips. Essentially, it serves as a conductor for electrical charges. Therefore, the power won’t run if dirt, dust, or mud has gathered on it.
Clean the caster wheel.Due to its frontal location, the caster wheel gathers dust. The wheel is raised higher and forced out from its housing by the accumulation of debris.
Remove the battery pull tab. This tab prevents access to the battery contact points. So it stands to reason that if you haven’t yet removed it, Roomba won’t charge.
Reposition the battery.Roomba’s battery may have been moved from its original position during delivery. Roomba batteries need to make contact with their contact points for proper operation.
Reboot the Roomba unitFor the S and I Series, hold down the “Clean” button for 20 seconds. Wait for the light ring to go out before releasing. Only a minute and a half should pass.
The “Clean” button must be held down for ten seconds for the 700, 800, and Series. Wait until you hear the reboot tone before releasing.
Reset the Roomba batteryIt’s not always the software on your Roomba that needs to be reset. Sometimes, it’s the battery. Similar to resetting software, resetting a battery puts its system back in its original state, allowing it to operate more effectively and perform better.
Factory reset the unit. If restarting the software or battery does not solve the issue, it’s time to do a factory reset. Instead of rebooting, a factory reset clears your device’s memory and certain settings.
Replug the unit into a different outlet.The machine is most likely not receiving enough power from that particular power supply, which is the most plausible cause for this. It could be experiencing some electrical problems. Either change the appliance’s outlet or take care of the electrical problem with it.
Move the unit to any other room. Like any other electronic device, you should store your Roomba unit and Home Base in a room-temperature region of your home. If the motor suffers an extremely high or low temperature, it might not operate properly.
An overview of this article.

Why won’t my Roomba charge? 

The most likely explanation for this is that the machine isn’t getting enough power from that specific power source. It might be having some electrical issues. Either move the appliance to a different outlet or fix the electrical issue with it. 

The problem may have also occurred during shipping if you recently purchased a new robot that has never been turned on.

If the battery is displaced, you must first determine whether it is before removing it and replacing it correctly in the same location. 

There are many solutions for fixing your Roomba charging issue, and here are 9 ways to do it:

1. Clean the charging contact points. 

The tiny metal strips that span the length of your device are called contact points. There are two on the underside of your Roomba and two more on the bottom of its docking station. 

These metal strips are in charge of connecting your Roomba to its Home Base and charging it. It functions essentially as an electrical charge conductor. So, if debris like dirt, dust, or mud has accumulated on it, the power won’t run. 

Ensuring proper charging requires cleaning the contact points on your Roomba and its Home Base. Simply wipe off any dirt that has gathered on it to clean. 

Here’s a video to visually explain how you can clean it:

How to Clean the Charging Contacts | Roomba® 800 series | iRobot®

2. Clean the caster wheel 

A modern high-tech vacuum cleaner.
A modern high-tech vacuum cleaner.

The unit’s front has a small, non-powered wheel called a caster. Its goal is to keep the Roomba at the right elevation. Additionally, there should be enough space beneath the unit for sweeping up dust and dirt.  

The caster wheel collects dirt while your Roomba vacuums because of its front position. As the debris builds up, it forces the wheel further from its housing and raises it higher. 

The contact points on the Roomba won’t touch the contact points on the Home Base if the caster wheel is raised. The gadget won’t be able to charge as a result. Just clear the caster wheel’s debris to make repairs. 

This is how to clean it: 

  • To remove the wheel from its case, gently pull on it. 
  • Eliminate the obstruction on the wheel. If necessary, wipe it with a fresh, wet towel. 
  • The wheel should be put back into its case. Once it’s in the right spot, you should hear a “click” sound. 

3. Remove the battery pull tab. 

The yellow pull tab on the battery might have been something you forgot to remove. The majority of new devices have yellow pull tabs on the battery. It’s incorporated by manufacturers to stop devices from turning on accidentally, especially while shipping. 

The battery contact points cannot be accessible due to this tab. So, obviously, your device won’t charge if you haven’t yet erased it. 

The following are instructions for removing the pull tab if this is your first time using a Roomba: 

  • Turn the Roomba machine on its side. 
  • Look for the hanging yellow pull tab. 
  • Afterward, just rip it off. 
  • Once removed, your device should charge without any issues. 

4. Reposition the battery. 

A Roomba iRobot cleaner in black
A Roomba iRobot cleaner in black

“I already took off the pull tab. But my brand-new Roomba is still broken!”

In cases like these, the battery may have been moved from its original position during delivery. 

As you may be aware, batteries need to completely make contact with their contact points for proper operation. As a result, make sure your Roomba’s battery position is right. 

Follow these steps to check and adjust the Roomba battery: 

  • Turn the Roomba machine on its side. 
  • Remove the screws from the base of it. 
  • Taking off the base cover 
  • Verify that the battery is positioned correctly. 
  • Reposition the cover. 
  • Then, secure the screws one more. 

5. Reboot the Roomba unit. 

If the contact points and power source aren’t the issues, it can be the unit itself. Even if the software on your Roomba has issues, it should be able to resolve them. These are computer issues that cause programs to produce inaccurate results. 

Simply said, software problems need to be repaired because they can cause your Roomba to malfunction or crash. In this instance, a software problem can be to blame if you see that the indicator light is on, but the device isn’t charging.   

Software flaws undoubtedly might be annoying. However, a hard reset or reboot can easily fix the issue. 

A Roomba is simple to restart. However, it would be based on the series you’re using. Using the series as a guide, revive the Roomba: 

  • Press and hold the “Clean” button for 20 seconds for the s and I Series. Before releasing, wait for the light ring to turn off. It should only take a minute and a half. 
  • For the 700, 800, and Series: Hold down the “Clean” button for ten seconds. Before releasing, wait until you hear a reboot tone. 

6. Reset the Roomba battery. 

Sometimes a reset is necessary, but it’s not your Roomba software. However, the battery in your Roomba. Resetting the battery returns its system to its default condition, similarly to resetting software, enabling it to perform better and function more productively. 

You can also try to restart your Roomba if you see that the battery is depleting quickly. If you want a replacement, you can buy one. However, resetting its battery will save you money. Additionally, it increases battery life. 

How can I reset the battery in my Roomba?

Deep charging or 16-hour resetting are terms that are frequently used to describe battery resets because your unit would require a 16-hour rest period. 

Resetting a battery in a Roomba 600 series: 

  • Take the battery out of the casing. 
  • For 5 to 15 seconds, press and hold the “Clean” button. 
  • Put the battery back in. 
  • Likewise, charge it for 16 uninterrupted hours until the green indicator light illuminates. 

Resetting a battery in a Roomba 700 series: 

  • A pug inside a Roomba. 
  • Hold down the “Clean” button while waiting for the blue letters “r 5 t” to appear. 
  • Wait for the reset tone as the device turns off on its own. 
  • And give it a 16-hour continuous charge. 

7. Factory reset the unit. 

It’s time to factory reset your Roomba if restarting the software or battery of the device does not fix the problem. Factory reset, as opposed to restarting, clears the memory and particular settings from your device. 

This entails creating a cleaning schedule and mapping out your home. In other words, it returns your device to its default settings. 

Your Roomba can be factory reset using one of two techniques. Either directly from the device or through the iRobot Home app. 

Use the iRobot Home App and the instructions below to reset Roomba to factory settings: 

  • Visit the iRobot Home App. 
  • Go to “Settings” now. 
  • A factory reset option needs to be selected. 
  • Then click on your unit’s robot name. 

You must take into account the series of your unit to perform a factory reset using the Roomba unit itself. 

The series of a Roomba determines how to factory reset it: 

A and I series

The “Home,” “Spot Clean,” and “Clean” buttons must all be depressed at once. Hold it in place until the light ring fills with white color. 

The j-series 

First, take the dustbin out of the appliance. Press and hold the “Clean” button for the following 7 seconds. Release when you hear the reset tone. The procedure is then finished by selecting “Clean” once more. 

Within the e-series 

The “Home,” “Spot Clean,” and “Clean” buttons must all be depressed at once. Hold it for roughly 20 seconds. Afterward, let go. 

Regarding the 900 series 

Pressing the “Dock,” “Spot Clean,” and “Clean” buttons all at once is recommended. Hold this position until each button’s indicator light turns on. 

For the 600 and 800 series with Wi-Fi 

Pressing the “Dock,” “Spot Clean,” and “Clean” buttons all at once is recommended. Up until you hear a beep tone, keep yourself in this position. 

8. Replug the unit into a different outlet. 

Rarely, if your Roomba is plugged into a power outlet that isn’t working, it won’t charge. You can check your outlet to see whether it’s powered if you have an outlet tester.  

Try connecting your Roomba Home Base to a different outlet if this doesn’t work. The Home Base’s indication light ought to come on if the outlet is working. “I checked to make sure the outlet was working.

9. Move the unit to any other room. 

Even though this is exceedingly unlikely, if the surrounding temperature is too high or low, your Roomba unit won’t charge. 

You should keep your Roomba unit and Home Base in a room-temperature area of your house, just like you would any other electronic item. The motor might not function properly if it experiences an unusually high or low temperature. 

When this happens, your Roomba will show an error code until the problem is resolved. Moving your unit to a room that has a normal temperature is the sole remedy. 

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) 

How can I tell whether my Roomba is charging effectively? 

  • Examine the LED indication on the CLEAN button to determine the charging condition. 
  • When it is solid red, the battery is empty. 
  • The flashing amber indicates that charging is taking place. 
  • Green means that the charging procedure is finished. 
  • Another indicator for the 16-hour charging option is a light that pulses amber quickly. 

How can you determine when the battery in your Roomba needs to be changed? 

  • In contrast to typical use, the battery drains unnaturally quickly—like within minutes. 
  • The Roomba can only run for 15 to 20 minutes after leaving the dock. 
  • Not even a flash occurs on the power light. 
  • Either a soft restart or a hard restart has no impact on the Roomba’s performance. 

Conclusion 

  • The caster wheel collects dirt while your Roomba vacuums. As the debris builds up, it forces the wheel further from its housing and raises it higher. Just clear the caster wheel’s debris to make repairs for future use.
  • If your Roomba’s contact points and power source are not the issues, it can be the unit itself. A hard reset or reboot can easily fix the issue.
  • If you want a replacement, you can buy one. However, resetting its battery will save you money and increase battery life.
  • Roomba can be factory reset using the iRobot Home app or the Roomba app. This entails creating a cleaning schedule and mapping out your home. You must take into account the series of your unit to determine how to perform a factory reset.
  • If your Roomba is plugged into a power outlet that isn’t working, it won’t charge. You can check your outlet to see if it’s powered if you have an outlet tester. The motor might not function properly if it experiences an unusually high or low temperature.

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