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

It can be 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.

However, there are some common reasons why your iRobot Roomba might be so loud. In this article, I will discuss the ten reasons that can generally cause a Roomba to make loud noises.

Why is my Roomba so loud?

Your Roomba might make loud noises when its brushes, extractors, and wheels can’t turn properly due to clogging or lack of lubrication. A faulty brush frame release tab, as well as any obstructions, can cause the device to screech on the surface. On the other hand, a faulty head module can also cause this problem.

However, the following are the reasons your Roomba making irritating noises:

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

How to fix it if your Roomba is making a loud noise?

First, ensure that the side brush is not obstructed. Next, check the roller brushes and wheels for any debris. If you see any debris, clean it up with a soft cloth. Apply some lubricant such as silicon spray or something similar to the brush, but be careful not to get any on the wheels or moving parts.

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 cleaning your home with a Roomba vacuum, 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.

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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. Roomba 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, 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.”

You can also mute your Roomba by switching the cleaning option to the “Quite Clean” option. Use the “Quiet Clean” option if you’re cleaning late at night, or if you have a kid or pets at home.

Quiet Clean mode consumes less energy and allows the machine to clean and run quietly. However, cleaning your entire house will take longer.

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

Roomba’s most recent models include another new and pretty useful feature: “Quiet Drive”. It enables users to have more pleasant cleaning sessions.

Because the robot vacuum 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.

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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 dust bin.

Remember, you can’t wash the Roomba filter. So don’t wash it or brush it down with a damp cloth. It’s preferable to replace your Roomba after you’ve had it for at least two months.

Step 6: Clean the device’s brushes and extractors

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

In this case, you must clean the brushes and extractors at least once a week to resolve the problem, and try to replace 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.

Your Roomba may make a loud noise if the gearbox in your Roomba cleaning head module (CHM) isn’t working or is blocked with dirt and debris. You may know that the CHM gearbox is the backbone for your 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.

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