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Like any piece of technology, there will be times when you may run into issues with your robot vacuum. If you notice that it is not cleaning as well as it usually does, or perhaps does not even turn on, then some common troubleshooting methods can solve a multitude of issues.
Clean the Moving Parts
As with any vacuum, robotic or otherwise, the quality of the clean is only as good as the bristles and filters. If they are dirty, they will not operate at peak performance, and the cleaning quality of your robovac will suffer as a result. The rate at which the moving parts can get clogged will vary depending on the environment – longer hairs are a particular bane of robovacs as they tend to wrap around the bristles rather than being sucked into the dust box. They can be removed one by one, or a pair of scissors can be used to cut them out manually.
If you reach a point where it would be easier to replace the filter than clean them, you will find an array of spares on sale online for all models. They are rarely costly – a pair of replacement filters for most Roomba models will run you little more than £12, while a full set of filters and brushes is less than twice the price – and it makes sense to change out some of the moving parts occasionally to keep the more costly aspects from working too hard.
Check the Drive Belt
The most common part of a robot vacuum to fail is the drive belt in models that have them – and even this is rare. A single belt can be responsible for all of the movement within your device, from the rollers to the wheels and everything else besides. It works harder than any other single part of a robovac, hence its predisposition to going out of commission. If it is broken or worn down, essential aspects of your robot vacuum can be compromised. Fortunately, they are not difficult to replace, and while the price will vary depending on your specific model, you will be surprised at how cheap they can be
Test the Battery
Robot vacuums are not corded for obvious reasons, and they rely entirely on their battery to keep them going throughout the home. Most models do not come with batteries that have been designed to swap in and out, so you might need a screwdriver for a replacement. On the positive side, this means that your battery will rarely become dislodged.
Conversely, if the battery does seem to be the source of the issue, it probably needs to be replaced. This is one of the costlier replacements on a robovac unit, and you can expect it to cost between 10% and 20% of a full replacement unit. That still makes repair preferable to replacement, and you will find replacement robot vacuum batteries from the manufacturer and third parties on Amazon.
Reset the Device
It is easy to forget that robot vacuums are tiny computers on wheels when they are whizzing around the floor. Like any computer, something can go wrong in the onboard memory, but it is simple enough to rectify in the same way as any other electronic device. The specific means of doing so varies from robot to robot but generally involves holding down one or more buttons.
On the Roomba 500 and 600 series, for example, a reset takes place when the user hits ‘clean’ and then holds the ‘spot’ and ‘dock’ buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds. It is important to remember that a reset of this nature will likely remove your robovac from the network and also disassociate it from any apps, so make sure you have the connection instructions nearby if you cannot remember the full process!
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