Though it might sound funny to hear your Roomba squeaking in the middle of the night, it could quickly get annoying and even stop you from enjoying your hard-earned sleep. But if it suddenly develops this annoying sound, something is wrong with your Roomba.
However, several possible reasons can trigger this issue, including dirty or clogged brushes, damaged or lose parts and worn-out gears. This article will provide a step-by-step guide on why your Roomba is squeaking and the steps you should take to fix this issue.
Your Roomba is squeaking because,
The brushes or wheels are clogged with dirt, hair or tangles. Aside from these, low batteries and worn-out gears can also lead to this issue.
Here are the reasons causing this issue:
- Clogged wheel.
- Dirty Brushes.
- Low batteries.
- Worn-out gears.
- Poorly lubricated Gearbox.
To troubleshoot if your Roomba is squeaking,
Make sure that the side brush and roller brush aren’t obstructed with hair or tangles. Shot some WD40 in the gearbox and the moving parts like side wheels.
Before diving into a detailed solution, look at the bellow table. This will help you understand this issue quickly.
|Low batteries||Fully charge it|
|Obstructed Brush||Clean it|
|Poorly lubricated Gearbox||Lubricate the Gearbox|
Step 1: Make sure the brush is clean and tangles free
Over time, Roomba’s side brush becomes stuck with hair, debris, and tangles. This prevents the brushes from spinning properly. So, ensure that the brush of your vacuum is free of tangles.
Here’s how to untangle the brush:
- First, take a Philips screwdriver and remove the screw that holds the side brush in its place.
- 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.
Step 2: Lubricate the Side Brush Module
If cleaning the side brush doesn’t fix the issue, lubricate the side brush module. Sometimes the Gearbox inside the side brush gets jammed and makes a loud noise. It’s a good idea to lubricate the brush module to ensure it runs properly.
- Open the side brush using a Phillips screwdriver.
- Spray some dry lubricant and spin it around to spread the oil evenly.
- Once you are done, let the device rest for a minimum of 5 minutes, then restart the device.
Now check if doing this reduced the friction and fixed the squeaking sound. This will work!
Step 3: Clean the wheels
Like the side brush, wheels are also crucial for a Roomba to navigate around the home. And over time, they get stuck with debris. If not cleaned regularly, you might experience this squeaking noise.
90% of homeowners claimed that “Cleaning and lubricating the wheel axels fixed the squeaking issue like a magic,” That’s why it’s worth giving a try.
Here’s how to do this:
- Clean both of the wheels with a dry cloth.
- Then look closely, and 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.
- Wipe any extra lubricant from the outside of the wheel using a paper towel.
Once done, rotate the wheel manually. You will be surprised that the squeaking sound has disappeared.
Warning: Only use a dry lubricant like WD40 to avoid dripping down the wheels and creating a mess. Do not flip the robot vacuum over after lubrication and wait for the oil to dry.
Step 5: Disassemble, Deep Clean, and Reassemble
You might need to replace the side brush module, wheels, or roller brush if nothing works. But before that, try again 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.
Note: 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 won’t break easily!
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