My Roomba Won’t Hold Charge: What Do I Do?

My Roomba Won’t Hold Charge: What Do I Do?

Roombas are pretty nifty tools to have no doubt. In case you didn’t know, they are fully automated vacuums that suck up all of the dirt in your home without you needing to lift a finger. If convenience is a big deal for you, a Roomba is definitely the way to go. With one of these things you never have to vacuum again, except for some stairs that is.

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However, Roombas can experience some problems, with battery relate issues being some of the most frequently occurring problems. We’re here today to talk about what to do when Roomba won’t hold a charge.


Causes & Solutions

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There are a few different things which can cause your Roomba to stop holding a charge. Each of these problems has its own specific solution, so there is not too much to worry about. That being said, sometimes things just get old and they break. If the worst comes to worst and your Roomba is just broken beyond any hope of repair, you might just have to buy a new one. However, like we said, there are various issues that can be fixed, so let’s go over those issues right now.

  • If your Roomba will not properly hold a charge, the issue might be that it never charged right to begin with. This could lie with several different things. It could be that the outlet you have your charging dock connected to is not functioning properly. If this is the case, you might have to totally replace the charger. Some Roomba chargers might not work all that well to begin with, in which case you might want to buy a new aftermarket charging dock.
  • The problem might also lie with the electrical outlet itself. If your Roomba is not charging properly, you might just want to test the outlet to see if the proper amount of electricity is flowing through it.
  • The problem could lie with the Roomba itself. If the wires or any other component related to charging is damaged, it will cause the Roomba to not charge properly or not hold a charge. You can inspect the Roomba yourself to see if something is visibly broken or you can bring it to an expert for inspection.
  • The most common problem with associated with a Roomba not holding a charge is the age of the battery. Batteries don’t last forever and they tend to deteriorate over time. This means that an older battery simply cannot hold a charge like a new one can. If you have an older Roomba, you might want to purchase a new battery. This is the most common problem and the most common solution.

The Most Common Solution

Let’s go over the most commonly advertised solution from iRobot to fix a Roomba that will not hold its charge.

  • Take the battery out of the Roomba
  • Press the power button and hold it for 5 to 15 seconds
  • Replace the battery
  • Let the battery charge for at least 16 hours
  • Plug the power cord directly into the Roomba, not the dock
  • After 16 hours, if the light is green, let the Roomba run until the battery has died

CONCLUSION

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As you can see, there are many different things that can cause a Roomba to not hold a charge. The most common issue is simply that the battery is too old to function. This means that you will probably have to replace the battery. Fear not though, because this does not mean that your Roomba is totally broken. You might just need a new battery.

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