iRobot Roomba 530 Robotic Vacuum

How to Identify and Fix Common Vacuum Problems ?

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Clean the dock`s charing contacts

If the contacts get too dirty, the vacuum will have a tough time getting a solid charging connection, and it may be unable to dock as a result. The best way to clean the Roomba`s charging contacts is with a damp melamine foam, like Mr. Clean`s Magic Eraser.

Spot Mode. Press SPOT Clean on the robot. Roomba spirals approximately 3 ft ( 1 m ) in diameter and then spirals back to where it started, intensely cleaning a localized area.
Factory reset on a Wi-Fi Connected Roomba® and Braava jet®

e Series Robots: Press and Hold the Home and Spot Clean and CLEAN button down for 20 seconds then release. 900 Series Robots: Press and Hold the Dock and Spot Clean and CLEAN button down until all LEDs illuminate.

To pause your robot during a cleaning job, press CLEAN on your robot. To send your robot back to the Home Base®, press Dock on the robot. To end a cleaning job and put your robot in standby mode, press and hold CLEAN until all indicators turn off.
You can spot clean a designated area by tapping the Spot button on top of the vacuum; the robot will clean in an outward spiral up to about 3 feet until the floor is scrubbed clean.
With the Spot Clean mode selected, Samsung POWERbot Robot will clean a localized area intensely. It can be used to clean bread or cookie crumbs.
If the CLEAN indicator is blinking when it is on the Home Base®, this means a robot software update is in process. Allow the update to complete before attempting to start the robot. This could take up to 10 minutes.
If the red light ring around the CLEAN button is pulsing, the Roomba i Series battery charge is too law to start cleaning.
Pulsing red: Charging, too low to start cleaning. Solid red: Error (tap Clean for details). Red sweep toward rear: Empty the bin (s Series), Filling the tank (m Series) . Blue clockwise spinner: In Wi-Fi pairing mode.
Ensure proper maintenance on the rubber brushes, and filter is also being performed. If the brushes are not spinning properly, this could cause Roomba® to fail to pick up debris off the floor.
A: Yes. I use about 10-20% vinegar and distilled water. Works great and the slight smell dissipates within minutes once it dries.
With its Child & Pet Lock users can disable physical start buttons on the device to prevent children or pets from accidentally turning the robot on. Users can also enable a Do Not Disturb feature to set windows of time when the robot shouldn`t run.
Your Roomba goes to its Home Base when it`s done cleaning.

When it`s done vacuuming, it will emit a series of beeps before heading back to its Home Base. Once the Roomba docks at its base, check that the battery symbol on the device lights up.

Keep your robot plugged in and charging on the Home Base® or Clean Base™ when not in use. If your robot will not be used for more than a few weeks, we recommend placing the robot in ship mode.
All you need to do is to open the lid which is installed in the chimney and pour water into the hole. After pouring the water press the auto clean switch which will help in cleaning the inside of the chimney. It will take only 45 secs to 1 min to clean and you will be done in no time.
A “Spot clean only” label means that you can only clean the visible spot or stain by hand without subjecting the garment to any dry cleaning, wet cleaning, hand-washing and/or restoration process.
Treat stains as soon as possible prior to laundering using a stain remove which has been tested on the garment in an inconspicuous area. “Do Not Spot Clean” means this kind of treatment is not recommended and may damage your garment.
In general, Spot Clean Only refers to clothes that have some part that is too delicate for machine washing, dry cleaning, or even hand washing. For example, the combination of fabrics in a garment may require different and mutually exclusive cleaning methods.
Try to disconnect and reconnect the docking station to the laptop. Disconnect both ends of the video cable and check for damaged or bent pins. Securely reconnect the cable to the monitor and docking station. Ensure the video cable (HDMI, or DisplayPort) is connected properly to the monitor and the docking station.
To view a Clean Map™ Report of the most recently performed cleaning job, open the iRobot® HOME App and select the card under History from the Home screen. To see other previous cleans, either scroll through the cards to the left or select the > next to History.
Try to disconnect and reconnect the docking station to the laptop. Disconnect both ends of the video cable and check for damaged or bent pins. Securely reconnect the cable to the monitor and docking station. Ensure the video cable (HDMI, or DisplayPort) is connected properly to the monitor and the docking station.
Roomba finds the dock using an infrared sensor located in its front bumper. Once the battery level drops, the vacuum starts looking for an infrared signal emitted by the charging station. Once located, your roomba follows the signals and docks itself easily.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

the most relevant questions and answers related to your specific issue

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.

My Roomba 560 does not automatically dock as advertised either..
ANSWER : You may not believe this, but the new 500 series lighthouse virtual walls have both infrared and radio frequency communication. How they work and associate with the Roomba is pretty complicated. The best posting I’ve ever seen about how they work is here:
http://www.robotreviews.com/chat/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=11048

Check out that link to understand how the communication works.

If your Roomba is contained by the virtual walls, then you can assume the IR sensor on your Roomba us good….you should test that though. Then you might have to replace the “home base” which could have a bad IR transponder . New ones can be found for reasonable price at www.RoboticVacParts.com or you could order straight from iRobot for twice the price.

If the Roomba is not contained by the virtual walls, then the IR sensor on the Roomba is likely bad and you’ll need to change the bumper on your Roomba. Again ….parts are available through ebay, or www.RoboticVacParts.com. Follow this link if you need it.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Roomba-500-series-white-bumper-510-530-532_W0QQitemZ270400281066QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3ef51cd9ea&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A30

Roomba keeps saying clean brushes yet are clean!
ANSWER : Make sure you take off the little cap at the end (the one that spins — just grab it and pull it straight off) and clean under it too. The rest of the brush may look perfectly clean but what happens is that hair gets stuck under spinning cap and, like a slowly growing washer, it pushes the whole brush toward the gear box. When it gets pushed over enough, the large yellow ring starts to rub against the side of the brush deck making it harder for the motor to turn the brush and you get that “remove and clean brushes” message.

Roomba Stops I’ve had a Roomba for about 2 months. Lately, it runs for about 45 secs, then stops, makes a two-tone (descending) sound, and flashes the CLEAN button while the STATUS button is red. I’ve emptied the dustbin on it. Can you help?
I am seeing the same problem on my roomba today. I cleaned all that I could., the brushes, the pins on the sides and all that and it still gives the same problem..Any other fix?
ANSWER : Run your roomba through a self diagnostic test. I have posted the link below. Tell me your findings....http://mysite.verizon.net/gsplews/Diagnositic-Tests_Proc.v.0.5.htm

Eureka lightforce 300 poor suction, power paw doesn’t spin and self cleaning duster doesn’t clean its self when the button is depressed.
ANSWER : When this happens to me I do two things. The first is to empty the cannister but when you do (with the vacuum unplugged) stick your hand up inside of where the cannister goes.Sometimes that is filled with debris. Pull as much as you can out. There is another part inside there that you can twist and pull out – this will help you pull out more of the trapped debris. Replace that part and the cannister – usually there’s a blockage and just removing some of that debris will cause a bunch more to dump in to the cannister. You may have to repeat this process two or 3 times untill no more debris comes out when you turn the vacuum back on.

The second tip solution is to clean the filter which can be found on the front of the vacuum.There’s a clear plastic cover, a black rectangular this that hold the filter sponge and inside of that, the filter sponge. I just rinse the little sponge inside and shake off the thing that holds the sponge (Sorry, don’t know the technical terms). Put it back together and you should have suction – viola.

Hope this helps.

My sister dropped her roomba than brought it to me complaining it does’nt work anymore. I took it apart, cleaned everything i knew to clean,could not find anything obviously wrong so I put it back together.I charged the battery than tried it. The green light comes on when you push the clean button and it makes a little grunt noise but that’s it.
ANSWER : Have a look at the motor brushes if there broken or poped out this is were the “grunt is coming from” the motor is trying to turn but cant?

Brushes only work when Dust Bin is removed!!
I have cleaned & cleaned this thing! It runs for about 2 mins & stops, says “Clean Brushes”! and now it’s very noticeable it’s not picking up well… but is picking up a bit. I take the dust bin out, and the brushes spin…. and it has much more power…. and is very clear it is working! But it’s useless without the dust bin! LOL It’s only 9 months old…. called customer service, but it was the one time it worked just fine! Of course, I thought I’
ANSWER : HI,
If the brushes work , without the bin, the problem , the problem could be caused , due the failure at the bin lock mechanism. There is a sensor that checks if the BIN is connected properly or not. This problem is best resolved by getting the same replaced .

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I have a new scoba (irobot) the battery is charged the tanks were fillied and every time i hit the power button and then clean the machines “check the tank” light came on. i have done all the proper instruction checks an i have done all the trouble shooting section. the machine will only work (and that is for 5 minutes drying its head) when i hit power and the clean button twice. so obviously the machine is somewhat working
ANSWER : We had to prime the sensor. irobot suggested a turkey baster, but we didn’t have oneso we used an empty visine bottle with the end snipped off and rinsed completely. this worked after the first try. thank you for your interest