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If you are new to the world of automated cleaning appliances, you may wonder how to fix a robot vacuum. Many of the best vacuums, after all, are premium robotic vacuums, and this type is susceptible to plenty of repair and maintenance issues. So what causes robot vacuums to require repairs, and how do you go about fixing various issues? Keep reading to find out.
Robot vacuums work alone, without any human help, and, well, accidents happen, particularly if you have not learned how to install and replace robot vacuum bumpers. They can fall off ledges, down the stairs, or simply become gummed up with debris. That said, you’ll want to know how to clean a robot vacuum correctly. In other words, these vacuums fall victim to plenty of nasty repair issues. However, before hiring a pro, consider some simple DIY troubleshooting steps and regular maintenance tips.
Don’t forget to regularly clean or replace the air filters to increase the lifespan of the vacuum.
There is no universal fix here, as each vacuum differs, as does each specific issue. However, there are some common troubleshooting steps worth considering as you try to get your vacuum back in working order.
The rolling brush and wheels head over all kinds of debris and even over some rough materials, like high-pile carpets and mountains of pet dander. Give the roller brush and wheels a close look, sussing out any stuck-on or tangled debris that is causing repair issues. After all, a long string can easily get caught up in these locations during use, among other items. Clean both the brush and wheels according to the manufacturer’s instructions and remove any large pieces of detritus.
Vacuum batteries are getting better all of the time, but they still use lithium-ion designs that are prone to failure, particularly after a few years of use. Remove the battery, and give it a full charge before trying to power on the vacuum again. No dice? It’s likely time for a replacement unit. Luckily, you should be able to get a new battery from the original manufacturer.
If your robotic vacuum is navigating poorly and regularly bumping into items of furniture, it could just be dirty sensors. A vacuum’s sensors are typically located on the bottom and the sides. Take a clean microfiber cloth and give each sensor a gentle, yet thorough, cleaning.
STAT: All Roomba models can be operated by pressing the “Clean” button on the top while the Roomba is on the charging base, causing it to reverse off of the base and begin cleaning; or by manually carrying the Roomba to the room to be cleaned and pressing the button. (source)