“I was trying to activate my Roomba by pressing the “CLEAN” button. But it doesn’t work…”
Many factors can contribute to its occurrence.
But have no fear!
Because if you understand what causes it to fail…
You may resolve the issue in seconds!
Continue to read to learn:
- Whether it is possible to clean a Roomba button.
- How to restart and reset a Roomba to factory settings.
- Six reasons why the Roomba “CLEAN” button may not work.
- Six simple methods to repair a malfunctioning Roomba “CLEAN” button. • Much more…
#Why does my Roomba’s clean button not work?
Your Roomba’s “CLEAN” button does not function due to software problems and a faulty battery. Which impacts the Roomba’s connectivity. Additionally, it will not function if the button and charging contacts are unclean or worn. Similarly, hardware faults, particularly in the PCB, might cause this to occur.
Roomba clean button not functioning: six causes and solutions
1: Software glitches
If your Roomba’s “CLEAN” button doesn’t work, your equipment may be contaminated with software problems.
Bugs in software are errors, faults, or blunders that arise during the development process. Or when the device’s software is updated by its developers.
These insects can render your Roomba inoperable. It can prevent your vacuum from responding to commands.
“Okay, but how can I eliminate these Roomba software bugs?”
removing software issues by updating the device’s software.
Typically, Roomba devices automatically update themselves. However, it occasionally fails to do so due to other issues.
How to repair it
If your Roomba is unable to update itself, you can attempt to update it manually.
Actually, you cannot command it to update. However, you can put your Roomba to “rest” for it to get a software update alert.
Here’s how to proceed:
Place the Roomba in its Home Base.
Then, leave it alone for at least twenty-four hours.
Ensure that your device has a reliable WiFi connection before proceeding.
If this doesn’t work, try rebooting or resetting your Roomba to factory settings.
This also assists in eliminating software flaws and system errors.
Warning: Performing a factory reset will remove all data stored on your Roomba. This consists of cleaning schedules, maps, and other personalized options. Therefore, ensure that this is a final resort.
Your Roomba can be reset to factory settings in two ways. Using either the iRobot Home app or the buttons on the device.
2: A depleted battery
The “CLEAN” button may fail to function if the battery is extremely low or dead.
Your Roomba need electricity to function.
Therefore, if its battery dies, your Roomba will cease to function and respond.
“However, I always dock my Roomba at its Home Base!”
Verify the cleanliness of the charging contacts on your Roomba and Home Base.
If not, then this is the cause of the issue.
If the charging contacts on your Roomba are dirty, it will not charge. Leaving your vacuum’s electrical charge neutral. Even after docking for several hours.
How to repair it
The initial step is to clean the charging contacts of your gadgets.
You must clean four charging contacts: two beneath the Roomba unit and two on the docking platform of the Home Base.
Contacts for charging are delicate.
Ensure that you only use a microfiber cloth or melamine foam to clean them. This will prevent you from scratching the contacts.
Recharge your Roomba vacuum afterward.
Simply keeping your Roomba on its Home Base for at least 24 hours will accomplish this.
Have the charging contacts on the Home Base been compromised? Using the Home Base’s power cord, you can charge your Roomba directly to an electrical outlet.
3: faulty battery
“I’ve charged my Roomba already. However, the “CLEAN” button still does not function.”
If this is the case, your Roomba’s battery may be defective.
If you’ve had your Roomba for more than a year, it’s usual for the battery to become malfunctioning.
This is particularly true if you use your Roomba multiple times per week.
If your Roomba is only a couple of months old…
Then, it may have failed for other causes, such as overuse or power surges.
Electrical circuits and corrosion of batteries
The majority of these issues are outside the control of users. Therefore, preventing it is not simple.
How to repair it
If the battery in your Roomba is defective, replace it immediately.
There is no technique to diagnosing a faulty battery. However, replace it with a new one.
Ensure you purchase a battery replacement that is iRobot-approved when purchasing a replacement. As you can guarantee the quality and safety of the product.
Remember to purchase one that is compatible with your Roomba model.
Here’s how to replace a Roomba battery to assist you:
- Invert the Roomba upside down.
- Remove the brush from the side.
- Loosen the bottom cover’s screws.
- Remove the old battery’s clip.
- Place the replacement battery into the battery compartment.
- Then, replace the underside cover and side brush.
The vacuum will automatically shut off 15 minutes after the battery is removed. Consequently, ensure that a replacement is available before attempting this.
Need a visual guide for replacing the Roomba I and e series batteries?
Then view this brief video:
4: Hardware problems
If the battery is not the issue, it must be a hardware issue.
Your Roomba traverses the entirety of your home. It comes into contact with many types of dirt and occasionally liquid.
Roomba vacuums are not intended to come into touch with liquids. Because it may cause harm to the Roomba’s hardware, specifically its printed circuit board.
A printed circuit board facilitates the flow of electricity throughout the entire Roomba system.
Therefore, if your Roomba is damaged, it may malfunction. It may be unable to store or receive electrical charges.
Without electrical charge, your vacuum’s “CLEAN” button will not function.
How to repair it
Fixing a faulty PCB is difficult. It requires an understanding of electricity and PCBs.
Therefore, if you are not an expert on the equipment, you should bring it to a service center.
Permit an electronics specialist to diagnose and repair your device.
Caution: opening the Roomba’s hardware automatically voids the warranty. Therefore, only perform this action once your device’s warranty has ended.
If your Roomba is still covered by its manufacturer’s warranty, please contact iRobot’s customer service.
Describe the state of your Roomba. And inquire as to whether you qualify for a Roomba replacement.
5: Unclean button contact
The “CLEAN” button on your Roomba may no longer function if its contact becomes soiled.
Important: only Roombas with mechanical buttons are compatible with this section.
Occasionally, dirt and dust can accumulate underneath the button.
It does not appear to be a problem, does it?
However, such particles can become lodged between the button and button contacts.
By “touching” the button contacts, the “CLEAN” button communicates with its motherboard. And when it is dirty, it may be unable to communicate.
Consequently, the “CLEAN” button will not function.
How to repair it
To fix this issue, you must clean the “CLEAN” button.
If your gadget is still under warranty, you should never take it apart.
Instead, use a compressed air duster to remove debris and dust from behind the “CLEAN” button.
Simply aim the device at the sides of the mechanical button. You can also use a flashlight to determine if any dirt remains on it.
Here’s an alternative method:
Turn the Roomba on its side.
Use a single hand to hold it.
Position the other hand on the vacuum’s top.
Then, tap the Roomba quickly to remove any sticky dirt.
To prevent this from occurring, ensure that the button is frequently cleaned. Once per month is plenty.
6: A worn button
Still doesn’t work?
The button’s wear is the last conceivable cause for its ineffectiveness.
Over time, the button, whether mechanical or automatic, might also become worn out.
However, how does it become worn?
Several factors can cause the “CLEAN” button to wear down quickly, including:
Exerting excess force
Applying force to the edges.
These factors are controllable. But I’m not suggesting it’s simple. As these are also readily neglected.
You should avoid performing these acts with your new Roomba vacuum.
How to repair it
iRobot doesn’t sell button replacement. Therefore, even if you know how to replace it, you cannot.
The only remaining option is to purchase a Roomba replacement.
“Can I request that iRobot replace my vacuum?”
Unfortunately, worn-out buttons do not qualify as a valid replacement issue.
Therefore, you must purchase a brand-new Roomba.
Consider acquiring an iRobot Roomba j7+ for optimal efficiency! The latest Roomba technologies and features are included.
Therefore, you may anticipate amazing performance and cool features.