Roomba Error Codes – Troubleshooting Your Roomba

roomba error codesIn the robot vacuum market, it doesn’t get much better than iRobot. The company is considered to be the originator of the robot vacuum and revolutionize the market with the release of each new product. Just because the company is considered the elite producer of robot vacuums around the world doesn’t mean they don’t run into certain problems. There error codes can let you know exactly what the problem with your device is and what you need to do to fix them.

There are many different types of errors that can display on your Roomba ranging from charging errors to general troubleshooting errors. Some of the errors appear as error codes on the device along with beeps, you are informed of other errors by just the number of beeps from the device. Many of these have easy to fix solutions which can all be found below.

Troubleshooting Errors

1 Beep. Move Roomba to New Location and Restart

When you hear a single beep, it means that there is either a wheel hanging or the Roomba vacuum is stuck. If this happens, the first thing you should do is examine the side wheels to see if there are any obstructions. You can do this by flipping the unit on its back and push the wheels back and forth to ensure that there isn’t anything in the way. You should also turn each wheel separately to determine whether or not they have the same resistance. The final step you should take is to clean the wheel assembly with either a vacuum or air.

2 Beeps. Open Brush Cage and Clean

What this error message means is that the brushes on the Roomba are unable to turn. The first thing you should do when this occurs is to check the brushes on the vacuum to ensure that there is nothing preventing them from turning. You should clean the bearings and the brushes themselves, replace the brushes if required, and also clean gears and brush casing. When it comes to the brushes, one helpful hint would also be to check and make sure they were installed the correct way.

5 Beeps. Spin Roomba’s Side Wheels to Clean

This error will let you know that one of the side wheels on your vacuum is stuck. To fix this issue, first check to see if there are any obstructions that would prevent the wheels from turning. Then, much like with the first error, you will want to put the unit on its back, push the wheels to make sure they aren’t stuck, and then turn them by hand to see if they have the same amount of resistance. You can also clean the wheel assembly with air or a vacuum.

6 Beeps. Move Roomba to New Location and Restart

When you see this error message with six beeps, it will tell you that either the cliff sensors on your unit are dirty or it is stuck over a cliff. To fix this, you simply need to wipe the sensors with a clean cloth and/or use compressed air to clean them off.

7 Beeps. Spin Roomba’s Side Wheels to Clean

Seven beeps and this error message will inform you that one of the side wheels on your Roomba is stuck. Check to see if there are any obstructions in the way that are preventing the wheels from moving. Further examine your vacuum by checking if the resistance on the wheels is the same on both sides. If needed, you can use compressed air or a vacuum to clean out the wheel assembly of any dirt, dust, or debris.

8 Beeps. Roomba is Stuck (not an error code)

When you hear eight beeps, what the Roomba is telling you is that the front wheel is stuck, or the entire vacuum itself is stuck. If this problem persists, you may need to clean the front caster wheel on the Roomba. If this doesn’t help, you will need to replace the front caster.

9 Beeps. Tap Roomba’s Bumper to Clean

The first thing you need to try when you get this error message is clean the Roomba between the frame and the bumper along the entire unit. This message usually means that your device is either stuck or the sensors are dirty. By cleaning in this area, you will be working to clean the sensors so they work as designed. You can also push the bumper on the unit in and out to ensure it is functioning properly.

Error 10. Spin Roomba’s Side Wheels to Clean

This message is the same as several others that are typically found on Roomba products, but this message usually means that the device has not registered an obstacle yet. In larger rooms with little furniture, this is likely the problem. It can also mean that one of the side wheels is stuck. To fix this issue, you will need to check for obstructions, ensure that the same resistance is felt with each wheel, and the final touch will be cleaning the wheel assembly with compressed air or a vacuum.

11 Beeps. Roomba Has Not Encountered Obstacles (not an error code)

Much like with error 10, this error means that the unit hasn’t registered any obstacles. To fix this problem, try using the vacuum in a smaller room where there will be obstacle that the vacuum can find.

12 Beeps. One of Roomba’s Cliff Sensors is Dirty or Broken

The most amount of beeps you will hear on a Roomba product is 12 and this means that one of the cliff sensors is either dirty or broken. To make sure it is not the latter, wipe the cliff sensors off with a cloth and blow off with compressed air. If this error continues, you will need to replace the cliff sensors.

Please Charge Roomba

This basic message means you need more charge to your Roomba by either plugging it into the charger directly or connecting it to the home base.

Please Inspect and Clean Cliff Sensors

This message means the cliff sensors need to be cleaned or replaced. To ensure they need to only be cleaned, blow off with compressed air or wipe with a clean cloth.

Please Inspect and Clean Roomba Wheels

When this error comes up, first check the wheels for obstructions, turn the wheels to make sure they are working with the proper resistance and before it’s ready for operation again, use compressed air or a vacuum to clean the wheel assembly.

Please Remove and Clean Roomba’s Brushes

This error message means that the main brushes on the vacuum are not able to turn as they should. To fix this problem, check to see if there are any obstructions in the form of debris. You can also check to make sure that the brushes are installed the right way. If problems persist, you can also clean the brushes, as well as their bearings.

Charging Errors

1 Blink or Charging Error One

This error message means that the battery is not yet connected. Check to make sure the battery is installed properly and the pull tab has been removed.

2 Blinks or Charging Error Two

This charging error means that there is a charging error that will require it to cool for about an hour. The unit will also need to charged in a cooler environment to make sure it doesn’t overheat further.

3 Blinks or Charging Error Three

This error says that the Roomba has a charging error, which can be corrected by resetting it and recharging it.

5 Blinks or Charging Error Five

This “Roomba has a charging error” message can be corrected multiple ways. One way is to remove the pull tab fully from the vacuum and also by resetting the unit and charging it until the clean light turns green.

6 Blinks or Charging Error Six

When you see this charging error, it means that the Roomba battery has overheated. This can be corrected by letting it charge in a cooler environment and/or by letting it cool off for about an hour.

7 Blinks or Charging Error Seven

The seventh charging error you will see says that the battery on the Roomba is not properly cooling off. If you let the vacuum charge in a cooler environment and let it cool off for an hour and it still overheats, it is likely defective and will need to be replaced.