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iRobot Roomba 650 Troubleshooting

Released August 2012, Forth Generation Roomba Device

Troubleshooting light is blinking

Sometimes your Roomba will produce an error tone followed by the blinking troubleshooting light will and some beeping noises or audio.

Common Roomba Errors

Luckily, these problems are usually an easy fix. Directions are provided in the user manual for errors such as these. Here is the link to the online manual if you have lost yours. (Pg. 26)

Error 9, Bumper Sensor Problems

If you are getting error 9 in particular, something is wrong with your bumper sensor. See our detailed guide below describing how to fix this.

*Press Roomba's bumper or CLEAN button to repeat any error messages.

If your Roomba is not producing any error lights or noises read on!

Roomba does not move or will not turn on

Your Roomba appears to be dead and does not light up or move.

Not charged

Check to make sure your Roomba is charged and that your charger is functioning.

Battery Problems

See our battery section below to check if your battery needs replacing.

Roomba dies without returning to charging station

Your Roomba runs out of batteries without returning to its charging station.

Charging station too remote

It is best for your Roomba's charging station to be in a central location. Sometimes when the charging station is far away from the area your Roomba is cleaning it can get lost.

Battery problems

See our battery section below regarding batteries.

Roomba dies quickly after a fresh charge

Your Roomba dies shortly after you charge it.

Software Problems

Try resetting your Roomba. The online manual contains detailed instructions on how to reset your Roomba and discharge its capacitors.

Battery Needs Replacing

If resetting your Roomba does not appear to do the trick, you probably need a new battery. Follow our guide to see how to install it.

Battery Replacement Guide

You can buy new batteries here.

Roomba gets stuck on or avoids dark carpets and floors

Your Roomba does not like going over dark objects.

Cliff sensors problems

This is a common problem with many Roomba devices caused by a misperception in the device's cliff sensors. A Roomba’s cliff sensors are located on the bottom of the device and give it the ability to sense if it is going to fall off a ledge. However, these sensors often mistake a dark carpet or floor for a cliff. There is a fix for this!

Roomba is not picking up dirt or has empty bin

Your Roomba does not seem to be cleaning.

Bin needs cleaning

Check to see if your bin needs to be emptied. It is possible the Roomba's system does not sense that it is full.

Bin needs to be replaced

If your bin is all clean and is still not working, it may need to be replaced. The bin should easily slide out if you push on the large button above it. You can buy replacement bins here.

Battery problems

See our battery section below regarding batteries.

Piece of outer shell broke off of Roomba

There appears to be a broken piece on your Roomba

Shell is detached but still intact

A little glue and tape can often solve the simple body work problems.

Shell is severely damaged

If the problem is more severe you can purchase replacement parts here.

Roomba has to be manually started each day

Your Roomba does not seem to be automated anymore.

Roomba needs reprogramming

See the online manual on how to reprogram your Roomba.

Roomba has dead wheel/motor

Your Roomba can only move in a circle or its movement is inhibited

Check for debris in wheel housing

Check out our wheel replacing guides below to see how to access the wheel housing. Try cleaning some of the accumulated dirt and grit out.

Main wheels needs replacing

If one of the main wheels seem broken it may need to be replaced. We have a guide for that!

Main Wheel Replacement Guide

You can purchase new wheels here.

Caster wheel needs replacing

If the caster wheel (wheel in the front that swivels) seems broken, we also have a replacement guide for that.

Caster Wheel Replacement Guide

You can purchase replacement caster wheels here.

Sidebrush motor no longer spinning or broken

Sidebrush needs to be cleaned

Inspect underneath the sidebrush for debris.

Sidebrush motor needs replacing

Check out our guide on how to replace your Roomba's sidebrush motor module.

Sidebrush Motor Replacement Guide

You can buy a new motor module or motor here.

Or here.

You can buy a new sidebrush here.

Error 9, cliff sensor or bumper sensor damaged

Your Roomba is showing error 9 or you notice that one of your bumper sensors are not functioning.

Debris in Bumper Sensor

Follow our guide below and see if there's any debris interfering with the senor before replacing it.

Shorted IR receiver

Dead IR recievers are a very common problem for Roombas. Check out our guide for how to do this! The fix is a little long, but not too hard.

Bumper Sensor IR Receiver Replacement Guide

You will need a new IR receiver available here.

my roomba works perfectly bu does not return to the base

Primo Turista - Antwort

my roomba is working perfectly bus does not return to the base

aureliano bonini

Primo Turista - Antwort

My Roomba ran over my dogs poop and since after cleaning the whole thing and replacing all needed parts and replacing the battery, it still no longer works. Any help out there would be ever so great full.

Pepper Dillard - Antwort

My Roomba just goes back and forward and small circles and then dies

Mick - Antwort

Is it normal for the DOCK light to be on while Roomba is cleaning?

katiechoate - Antwort

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