Roomba is one of the most popular robot vacuum cleaners on the market today, but it does come with its share of problems. According to customer reviews, one of the most common problems with this device is that it doesn’t charge properly or at all.
Most of the time, this isn’t an indication of your device being defective or broken. Sometimes, it’s something simple you can fix yourself! This article will give you the quick and easy solution to fix your Roomba’s not charging problem, as well as some general tips on keeping your Roomba in top condition so it will be ready when you need it most.
Why is your Roomba won’t charging?
There are a few reasons your Roomba may not be charging.
- Your Roomba’s Battery may be completely dead and need to be replaced.
- Your Roomba’s power cord may be damaged and need replacement.
- The charging dock itself may be damaged and will need to be replaced.
- Your Roomba’s charging contacts might be dirty and can’t make a proper connection.
Steps to fix Roomba not Charging issue
In short: First, make sure that the charging dock is clean and debris-free. If the dock is dirty, Roomba may not be able to make a good connection and charge correctly. Next, check the charger cable. If the wires are the problem, you may need to replace them. If neither of these solutions works, you may need to replace the Battery.
Relax! I’ll go over all possible reasons and solutions below, including what you should do to fix the problem. So, read the whole article and then consider contacting customer care. But before that look at the following table for a better understanding.
|Defective Battery||Replace the Battery|
|Damaged power cord||Replace cord|
|Dusty charging contacts||clean the contacts|
|Software issue||Factory reset Roomba|
1. Use another power Outlet.
It may seem like a simple thing. But the most common method of getting your Roomba charging again is to unplug it from the wall socket and plug it into a new power outlet. It’s best to double-check the power outlet before diving into more profound and complex troubleshooting techniques.
When you plug the Home Base into a power outlet, the charging dock light will flash and then go off, indicating that your Roomba is charging correctly. But the power outlet has most likely been damaged if you don’t see the flashing light. To ensure this, take an outlet tester and check if your outlet is working. Try plugging your Roomba Home Base into another outlet.
But if your power outlet is good and your Roomba is still not charging, then the power outlet is most likely not supplying enough power. Try changing the power cable or moving it to another power outlet.
2. Clean the charging connectors.
If the power outlet is OK, charging connectors might be the problem. Roomba collects dust, hair, and debris during a cleaning session, especially if the ground hasn’t been vacuumed in a while.
There are some charging connectors on the bottom of the Roomba for charging, and power will not pass through if they get dusty. So the second step to fix the problem is to clean the charging contacts. You can use a lightly moistened melamine foam to clean them. Follow the video👇
After cleaning the charging contacts correctly, try to charge it once again. If the problem persists, move to the next step!
Before cleaning the Home Base’s contact points, ensure it’s unplugged. This will keep you safe from electric shocks while you clean.
3. Clean the caster wheel.
The caster wheel aims to keep the Roomba at the proper height and provide sufficient space under the device to sweep away dirt and dust. It gathers dust every time your Roomba cleans. As the debris accumulates, the wheel is pushed further away from its housing, causing it to rise higher.
If the caster wheel is pushed up, the Roomba’s charging contact points will not reach the Home Base’s contact points. As a result, the device will be unable to charge itself. So, clean your Roomba’s caster wheel and check if the problem is fixed.
4. Remove and then Reinstall Battery.
If your Roomba is still not charging, the Battery might have been displaced from its original position during shipping. Before you consider replacing your Battery, try repositing your vacuum battery. To check and reposition the Battery, follow the below steps:
- Rotate the Roomba device upside down.
- Remove the screws from the base.
- Detach the base cover.
- Make sure the Battery is in the right place.
- Return the cover to its original position and tighten the screws.
It is also possible that your Roomba isn’t charging because of an issue with the Battery. In this case, you need to replace the Battery.
Before replacing the Battery, you must buy a replacement battery from an authorized retailer. You can also buy it from Amazon, but don’t forget to buy it from an authorized seller.
6. Factory reset your Roomba
If you have tried all of the above methods, but your Roomba is still not charging, you should reset your Roomba. Various models have different ways of doing this, and Wi-Fi-equipped models will be able to do it directly from the Home App. But if you wish to do this manually by pressing the reset button, here are the instructions from iRobot’s support page:
- For s/i Series: Hold down the Home+Spot Clean+CLEAN buttons until the light around the CLEAN button blinks.
- On the Roombas e Series: For 20 seconds, press the HOME+Spot Clean+CLEAN buttons together.
- On the 900 Series Roomba: hold the down+Dock+Spot Clean+CLEAN buttons until all of the LEDs light up.
- Press the Dock+Spot Clean+CLEAN buttons on the Wi-Fi Connected 600 & 800 Series Robots until you hear a beep.
- On Roomba Combo: Open the lid and look for the Reset button. It will be close to the power switch. For at least 10 seconds, hold down the Reset button.
Resetting the Roomba to its factory settings will delete all your saved configurations, including your data and mapping. Try backing up your data so you can recover them after a reset.
Roomba isn’t Charging on Dock -How to fix it?
The most common reason behind this is that the Roomba’s batteries or the charging dock are damaged and need to be replaced. Another possibility is that the charging contacts need to be cleaned.
To fix the issue, you can try a few things. First, ensure that the dock is plugged into a power outlet and that the Roomba is correctly seated on the dock. If the dock is plugged in and the Roomba is seated properly, but the Robot is still not charging, try resetting the Roomba.
If the Roomba still does not charge after resetting it, the next thing to try is to clean the charging contacts on the Roomba and the dock. Use a dry, soft cloth to wipe away any dirt or debris from the contacts and charge once again to check if the issue is fixed!
1. The Home Base light is on, but Robot is still not charging!
If the home base light is on, but your Robot isn’t charging, check the device as soon as possible. Ensure no dirt or dust inside since this could cause a thick layer of dust to form on the Home Base and the Roomba’s charging contacts.
- Use a soft dry cloth to wipe it from the charging connections if you find it. I recommend using a melamine foam sponge to clean it lightly.
- Remove the Robot from the Home Base if you do not find any debris. After that, turn it over and remove the caster wheel. Check the caster wheel for debris; if it is clogged with dirt, the Robot will be unable to reach the charging ports.
If the problem persists, try restarting your device. Press CLEAN and hold SPOT and DOCK for 10 seconds on the Roomba 500 and 600 series to reboot the machine. Press and hold CLEAN for nearly 15 seconds until the display says “rSt.
2. How to charge Roomba without the home base?
Assuming you may have lost or cannot charge your Roomba using the home base charger. So now you are willing to know a way to charge your Roomba without a home base.😄 But unfortunately, there is no way to charge Roomba without a home base. But, If your Roomba has a charging jack on the side, you can charge it using an iRobot charging power supply without a home base.
3. How do I know if my Roomba is charging?
When the Roomba returns to the home base station, a battery icon will appear on the iRobot vacuum, and the charging light on the dock station will also illuminate, but it may turn off due to a power-saving feature.
Keep in mind that not all the Roomba models work similarly. In some models, the power light blinks for a few seconds after plugging in and then stops. In others, like the i3 and i7 series, their light indicators are off when charging, which is perfectly fine.
However, I’ve created a table to share the battery status indicator for every Roomba model to keep things simple and helpful. The top of this table will have older models like the Roomba 500 or 600, while the bottom will have more recent models like the i3 and i7:
|Model||Charging||Partially charged||Fully charged|
|Roomba 500 series||Amber Pulse||Amber||Green|
|Roomba 600 series||Amber Pulse||Amber||Green|
|Roomba 700 series||Amber Pulse||None||Green|
|Roomba 800 series||Amber Pulse||None||Green|
|Roomba 900 series||Amber Pulse||None||Green|
|i3 and i3+||Blinking white||White|
|i7 and i7+||Blinking white||White|
4. The Charger Light on My Roomba Won’t Stay On!
Like other electronics, Roomba provides feedback to the user when charging. If you don’t come back after a specific time, you won’t know. This is true for the Roomba charging point, but if your charger has the energy-saving feature turned on, the light that displays everything is working will turn off after 4 seconds.
You can observe the battery status by pushing the “CLEAN” button to see if your Roomba is charging correctly. The level will show that the device is receiving power correctly.
Last few words
Dirty charging connectors, faulty charging logic, or an outdated battery are all possible causes of Roomba battery problems. A Roomba usually malfunctions this way, but if you think yours isn’t working correctly after trying the troubleshooting procedures above, you can have it serviced.
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