Why is my Roomba so Loud?—10 Ways To Fix (Any Models)

It’s hard to figure out why your Roomba is making a loud noise, especially if you purchased it as soon as it hit the market and you’ve never used any other models

Typically, when a Roomba makes loud noise, it’s due to dirty or clogged brushes, worn-out or damaged parts, or misaligned components.

Well, in this article, I will break down why your vacuum is squeaking and making a very loud noise and what you need to do to quiet its movement.

Here we go! Let’s dive into it…

Why is my Roomba so loud?

Your Roomba is making a very loud noise due to reasons such as clogging, lack of lubrication, a faulty brush frame release tab, obstructions, or a faulty head module.

However, here’s a list;

  • Damaged or clogged brush roll.
  • Clogged or worn-out side brush.
  • Damaged wheels.
  • Low battery

How to fix Roomba making Loud noise?

  • Carefully inspect the brushes, extractors, and wheels.
  • Take out the brushes and extractors from the Roomba and thoroughly clean them using a soft cloth or brush.
  • Apply a small amount of lubricant, such as silicone spray or oil, to the brush bearings and wheel axles

How to make Roomba quieter?

Steps to quite roomba

While there isn’t any way of making it completely silent, we do have a few tips that can help lower its noise level.

Here are some ways that you can try to reduce its sound.

Step 1: Check to see if the brush frame release tab is pressed.

Before starting a cleaning cycle, make sure the brush frame release tab is pushed down and locked.

If you don’t lock it correctly, it may touch the ground, resulting in a loud screeching sound when cleaning.

Step 2: Make sure there is no clutter on the floor.

Roomba is programmed to avoid all furniture, walls, or cliffs during cleaning, but smaller debris, such as a pair of socks, small items, or a curtain tassel, is not tolerable.

It might become stuck and make noises when it comes into contact with clutter on the floor.

So, before you start cleaning with your Roomba vacuum, also make sure your floors are free of any kind of clothes, toys, or other items that may hinder your Roomba.

Step 3: Set the cleaning preference to “Quiet Clean.”

Roomba feature’s an amazing option called ‘Quiet Clean”. This is basically designed to use the vacuum at night without disturbing anyone.

This mode consumes less energy and allows the machine to clean and run quietly.

Simply open the Irobot home app, go to the preferences under the settings tab, and then choose the ‘Quite Clean’ option.

Step 4: When cleaning specific areas, turn on “Quiet Drive.”

Aside from ‘Quite Clean’, Irobot recently introduced another feature called ‘Quite Drive’. With this, you can have more pleasant cleaning sessions.

When this mode is activated, Roomba will only start cleaning after it has arrived in the room you want to clean. If you have kids or dogs at home, this is quite useful and convenient.

However, this is only available in some newer models.

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Step 5: Clean the Roomba filter

Before you start cleaning your home with Roomba, make sure the filter isn’t jammed or clogged.

If there is too much dirt on the filter, Roomba will use more power and generate loud, unwanted noises.

To remove and clean the filter, simply place it in the trash can and toss or press it to remove the dirt. You can also check out our full guide on emptying Roomba’s dustbin.

Remember, You can’t wash the filter. Simply toss it with the trash can and you’re good to go! Must replace it after you’ve had it for at least two months.

Step 6: Clean the device’s brushes and extractors

Possible that your Roomba’s brushes or extractors are jammed or worn out, causing buzzing and hammering noises.

Carefully inspect the brush and extractors and clean them with a soft cloth.

Irobot suggests cleaning the brushes and extractors at least once a week and replacing them every six to twelve months.

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Step 7: Run the device several times a day

Another reason why your Roomba makes loud pounding noises when cleaning may be due to the fact that its extractors are relatively new.

Wearing down the extractors will reduce the amount of noise produced by your Roomba.

Or, at the very least, set your Roomba to clean your entire house while you’re away from home. Allow it to clean the same room multiple times every day.

Step 8: Apply lubrication on the wheels

As I mentioned before, your Roomba will make a loud noise due to the lack of proper lubrication. Just apply some dry lubrication to the wheels to make them run smoothly.

If you don’t know how to open a machine to lube it, you can apply lube through the small hole on its side. This is perfect for every user who is not confident in opening their cleaning device machinery. Use only dry lube to prevent the lube from creating a mess on your floors.

I hope with these tips you will be able to stop your Roomba’s loud noise easily. You can see this video guide below to lubricate your vacuum correctly.👇

Step 9: Clean the CHM Roomba to make it less noisy.

Roomba may make a loud noise if the gearbox and cleaning head module (CHM) isn’t working or is blocked with dirt and debris.

CHM gearbox is the backbone for the brushes and extractors, as well as the system that ensures they turn properly.

This gearbox, like brushes and wheels, can become jammed with dirt, mud, and hair. So you have to clean the CHM.

If you’re not confident about doing it yourself, better ask for help from a professional. You must be really careful when removing the gears to clean. As any mistake can cause your whole device to malfunction or not work at all.

Step 10: Replace CHM

Opening machines is not recommended for those who are unfamiliar with machinery.

Consider replacing your Roomba cleaning head module if you believe it is damaged. Because the CHM holds the gearbox and brushes, replacing it should eliminate any noise problems.

Amazon is your only option for replacements. This is to guarantee that the replacement part will work with your Roomba vacuum.


Q. Is it normal for Roombas to be noisy?

Roomba can be as noisy as a typical washing machine. When putting the infant to bed or trying to meditate while the robot cleans the floors, the 70dB level isn’t optimal for creating a noise-free environment.

On the other hand, Roomba vacuums are quieter than most upright vacuums.