iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuum

How to Identify and Fix Common Vacuum Problems ?

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Dead battery

If you see the flashing red light or don`t see any lights on, place the Roomba on the charging dock.

The light on the Home Base® will go on for approximately four (4) seconds and then turn off and remain off while the robot continues to charge. The light ring on your robot will illuminate to signal that it is charging.
Flashing red indicates a problem with battery charging. Either the charger is bad, or the charging circuit in your Roomba is bad.
Solid red:

There is an Error. Tap Clean for the robot to repeat the error. Errors are also shown in the iRobot HOME App on WiFi-enabled models.

Light Ring while idle

Pulsing red: Charging, too low to start cleaning. Solid red: Error (tap Button for details). Red sweep towards rear: Bin full. Blue clockwise spinner: In Wi-Fi pairing mode.

You can easily check the status of the battery in the iRobot® HOME App. A battery icon will be displayed in the top-right corner, indicating the current status of the battery.
Charging time under normal conditions is at least 2 hours. For best results, use only the battery type compatible with your robot and ensure that it is an authentic iRobot Lithium Ion/NiMH battery that comes with Roomba or purchased from iRobot authorized dealers.
If your Roomba® i Series Robot Vacuum is not turning on or is not able to charge, rebooting your robot tends to solve most related issues. To reboot your Roomba: Press and hold the CLEAN button for 20 seconds. After you release the button, the light ring will show a white clockwise swirl while it reboots.
You can easily check the status of the battery in the iRobot® HOME App. A battery icon will be displayed in the top-right corner, indicating the current status of the battery.
If a malfunction occurs during the cleaning process, the ring-shaped indicator of the device will flash rapidly in red and the voice message will turn on.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

the most relevant questions and answers related to your specific issue

I have a Roomba 560 (it’s still in warranty !!) and, after my summer vacation, it has a problem.
When I’m charging Roomba, the orange light blinks (and this is normal!) but this orange blinking continues forever…. the light doesn’t change to green.
If I detach Roomba from the charger, the light become green and it works normally until the light changes to red and I have to charge it again.

WHY, DURING THE CHARGING PHASE, THE LIGHT DOESN’T CHANGE FROM ORANGE-BLINKING TO GREEN?

HAVE I

ANSWER : The problem is not with the charger itself but it is with the battery inside the Roomba. It sunds like one or more of the cells has gone bad so its not holding the same charge as it did. I would recomend sending it in while the warranty is still valid so they will replace it. Your charger and the Roomba itself should be fine.

A few tips to keep the battery working longer:
Only charge the battery when it is drained all the way to zero. It will help keep the battery active.

Only charge the battery until it is full and then disconect it from the power source. It will keep it active longer plus it will help keep your electric bill down.

Roomba 560, the small red light above the schedule button will not reset and the roomba will not run. The problem started when I the roomba sat dead for 12 hours. I tried the spot dock reset trick with no luck. The clock and sunday light stay let also.
ANSWER : This work ok for me ihave a 560 thanks

Roomba Discovery My Roomba turns on and moves but the brushes won’t turn. Someone told me that I had forgotten to put in the yellow and black end bearings, but I did. Help, I miss my Roomba
I have a Roomba 530, I have had it for 2 weeks and really loved it. I have followed all the cleaning instructions etc.. Then the Roomba wanted it’s brushes cleaning “please clean Roombas brushes” So thinking that something was stuck I removed and cleaned the brushes, (yellow tabs on and in place by the way)
ANSWER : I read somewhere that you need to clear the software in case there is a glitch. To do this, take the battery out and then, simultaneously hold down the “spot” and “clean” buttons for 30 seconds. Replace battery. This has worked for my Discovery model.

After being on the charger for days and the green light is on I press the clean button. The Roomba leaves the charging unit and travels about 1 foot then the red light comes on and it beeps and won’t do anything more the red light continues to pulse.
ANSWER : Buy a new battery ,the old one isn’t holding a charge

I have iRobot Roomba 4210 and I have a problem with charge battery. The battery is new. When I charging a battery in other iRobot Roomba the battery was full charged. When I charging in my iRobot Roomba the battery was empty. My fast charger is OK.
ANSWER : The charging circuit on the main board is fried. This is a common issue. You need some good electronic repair skills, and equipment, to replace the problem components

Red light stays on
ANSWER : It sounds like the plates inside the vacuum that detect the dirt have become dirty. I don’t remember where they are, but I think they’re accessible if you remove a certain hose. Again, I don’t know which hose it is.

Roomba Charging? Flashing Lights
ANSWER : Call iRobot. Your charger is broken.

Press the power button on – good got a green light (new battery)
press the clean button – got a green light

iRobot runs for a couple of seconds and stops, then starts, then stops. After two or three times I now have a red light on for the Status.

All of the wheels seem to be clean. I used compressed air to clean the underside. But still have the start stop problem.

ANSWER : How many times does the red light blink before it pauses?