Roomba Squeaking? (Just do this and Thank me later)

Though it may sound funny to hear your Roomba squeaking in the middle of the night, it can quickly get annoying and even stop you from enjoying your hard-earned sleep. But if you find that your Roomba suddenly develops this annoying problem, you’re probably wondering why it’s happening!

In this article, I’ll discuss possible reasons why your Roomba might be squeaking and provide tips on how to fix it. With any luck, you’ll find that what you were doing was causing the problem and that once you stop, the squeaking will go away on its own.

Why is my Roomba squeaking?

Why is my Roomba squeaking

One possibility is that the Roomba’s brushes are dirty and need to be cleaned. Another chance is that the Roomba’s wheels are dirty, and the third reason your Roomba may be squeaking is that it is low on battery. When the battery gets low, the gears start to grind and cause a squeaking noise.

So the reasons could be,

  • Clogged wheel.
  • Dirty Brushes
  • Poorly lubricated Gearbox.

How to stop Roomba from squeaking?

First, check to see if anything is caught in the side brush. If there is, try to remove it and see if that fixes the problem. If not, you may need to replace the brushes. Another thing you can try is to lubricate the moving parts of the Roomba with light oil. This can help to reduce the friction and hopefully stop the squeaking.

Wait! There is still much more to be known. I will explain each reason in detail below so you can easily understand and do it yourself without any problem. Before that, look at the bellow table.

Reasons Solutions
Obstructed Side Brush clean Side Brush
Tangled wheel Clean the wheel
Poorly lubricated Gearbox Lubricate the Gearbox

1. Check and clean the Side Brush

Remove tangles from roomba side brush

Over time, your Roomba’s side brush will inevitably become full of hair, debris, and dust. This can cause the brushes not to spin issues to squeak. One of the most effective solutions to fix this issue is to check and clean the brushes from hair, dust, and debris. To clean Roomba side brush,

  • First, use a Philips screwdriver to remove the screw that holds the side brush in its place.
  • Now carefully remove the side brush and cut away any tangles, hair, or debris from the brush.
  • Once you are done, put the side brush in its place.

I hope cleaning the tangles and hair from the side brush will solve the issue. Let me know in the comment box…

2. Lubricate the Side Brush Module

Lubricate the roomba side brush module

If cleaning the side brush doesn’t fix the issue, try lubricating the side brush module. Sometimes the Gearbox inside the side brush can get jammed and start to make a loud noise. So, it is a good idea to lubricate the side brush module. To do so,

  • First, open the side brush using a Phillips screwdriver.
  • Once you have removed the side brush, spray some dry lubricant and spin it around to spread the oil evenly.
  • Once you are done, let the machine rest for a minimum of 5 minutes, then restart the device.

Now check to see if lubricating the Gearbox reduced the friction and fixed the squeaking sound from the side brush.

3. Clean and lubricate the wheels

Lubricate the Roomba wheel

Roomba’s wheels are crucial in their ability to move around the home and clean the floors. Over time, they can get stuck with debris and other materials like pet hair. If they become dirty or dry, it can cause your Roomba to squeak.

If that is the case, you must clean and lubricate the wheel. Many users claimed, “Cleaning and lubricating the wheel axels fixed the squeaking issue like a champ,” So it’s worth giving it a try.

  • First, clean both of the wheels of your Roomba with a dry cloth.
  • Then look closely, and you will find a small hole on the outer side of each wheel.
  • Once you locate the hole, apply a small amount of dry lubricant directly into it using a pinpoint straw application tool.
  • Finally, wipe any extra lubricant from the outside of the wheel using a paper towel.

As soon as you start to rotate the wheel manually after a quick shot of lubricant, you will be surprised that the squeaking sound has disappeared.

Be careful to use only dry lubricant. Otherwise, it will drip down the wheels and cause a big mess. Also, don’t flip the robot vacuum over after lubrication and wait for the lubricant to dry.

5. Disassemble, Deep Clean, and Reassemble

Disassemble roomba

You might need to replace the side brush module, wheels, or roller brush if nothing works. But before that, we will try again to fix the issue by disassembling and reassembling the entire vacuum.

Most of the time, when a Roomba starts squeaking, it’s because something is preventing it from moving. That could be because there are strands of pet hair wrapped around its gears, or perhaps a piece of debris is stuck between them.

Before you disassemble your vacuum for cleaning, read the user manual for your specific device for complete information on how to do so. Don’t worry—it doesn’t break easily!

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