While this isn’t necessarily a common error (it doesn’t happen on every Roomba), it still happens often enough that you may need to know how to fix it if it ever comes up!
To help you get back up and running quickly, I’ve put together this step-by-step guide on troubleshooting and fixing “charging error 8” on a Roomba. Before that, take a look at the below table.
|Dirty charging points||Clean the connectors|
|Malfunctioning power cord||Check the power cable|
Why does my Roomba says “charging error 8”?
“Charging error 8” on a Roomba means that something is wrong with your charging station, so your Roomba isn’t charging. Another possibility is that you are charging your robot near a heating vent, baseboard heater, or radiator; your Roomba is showing this message.
There are also several reasons your iRobot Roomba displays this error. The most common issues which can cause charging error 8 are,
- A lose power cord connection.
- Improper house wiring.
- Broken or damaged wire in the power cord and damage to your Roombas internal wiring or circuit board.
- Or your Roomba may be charging near a heating vent, baseboard heater, or radiator.
You have to make sure of the following things before we dive into the solution so that this error doesn’t occur in the future.
- Check to see if the Roomba is charging at a normal temperature. Charge the battery away from extremes of heat or cold.
- Make sure Roomba isn’t charging near a fireplace, radiator, or baseboard heater.
- Also, ensure you’re using an actual iRobot Lithium-Ion battery because counterfeit batteries can create charging errors.
How to fix Roomba’s charging error 8?
Inshort: To troubleshoot charging error 8 on your Roomba, first ensure that the charging contacts of the Roomba and Home Base are clean. If not, clean them with a dry cloth. Next, if using an extension cord to charge your Roomba, ensure that the cable is rated for at least 16 volts. And finally, ensure that you are using an original irobot battery.
You can also try fixing this issue by cleaning the bin and unclogging the filter. To do that, follow these steps:
- On the back of the robot, there is a bin release icon. First, remove the bin by clicking the icon.
- Then push the bin door release button (generally recognized by a bin icon) to empty the bin.
- After emptying the bin, you have to clean the filter too. Generally, the filter is placed on the bin’s left side. Take hold of the filter on either side and pull it out.
- Now shake out the dirt that clogged the filter into a garbage can.
- Put the filter back in place.
- And finally, put the bin in the bin slot and secure it.
Try watching this video guide if you’re having trouble understanding this article. If you’ve tried all these solutions and are still getting an “Error 8,” don’t hesitate to contact iRobot customer care for further assistance.
1. Nothing worked! What to do?
In this case, you have nothing else to do. It would be best to visit your nearest repair shop to discuss the matter.
Also, if your Roomba is under warranty, call Irobot customer care and inform them about the issue. They will assist you with suggestions to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
2. Will resetting fix this issue?
I don’t know that! When I encountered this problem on my 600 model vacuum, I just cleaned the charging points using a soft cloth with some rubbing alcohol, and fortunately, it fixed my issue.
But if none of the above troubleshooting steps fix your issue, you can surely try resetting your Roomba to its factory settings. Please read our complete guide to reset your Roomba.
Only do this as a last option, and remember to note your essentials settings. Because, after a factory reset, you have to reconfigure your Roomba as well as remap your house.
3. What can you do to prevent this problem in the future?
To prevent this error on your Roomba in the future, consider the following: These will help you to avoid this error.
- Make sure you’re using an original iRobot battery. When you use counterfeit batteries, it will cause various types of issues.
- Make sure your Roomba is charging at room/cool temperature.
- Ensure your Roomba isn’t charging near any heated devices.
Abdul Kader is the CEO and founder of Homespoiler.com. With his expertise in electronics repair, he provides in-depth information on how to fix appliances, wiring, and other electrical-related issues. More about us