Roomba, just like every other vacuum, makes some noise during its operation. This noise shouldn’t be louder than the noise of a washer or dishwasher. But if your Roomba is making a loud noise that is hard to hear and irritating to the ears, you need to fix it.
You might be wondering why your Roomba is so noisy and how to fix it. If yes, read this guide thoroughly. This guide will provide you the reasons why your Roomba is making loud noise and some valuable tips to counter them.
Reasons Why Your Roomba Is So Loud
A noisy Roomba is definitely unbearable, especially if you are sensitive to loud voices. Before fixing it, you should understand the reasons behind this noisy behavior of your robotic cleaner. The possible reasons for your noisy vacuum cleaner could be:
- Brushes, wheels, and extractors of Roomba can’t run properly because they are clogged. That’s why they are making unbearable noise.
- An unsecured brush frame release tab could be another possible cause of Roomba’s noise.
- Clutter that blocks Roomba’s way causes it to screech on the floor, which makes a loud noise.
- Lastly, the broken head module can also produce unbearable noise.
Tips to Make Your Roomba Quiet
Here are some valuable tips that help make your loud and noisy Roomba quiet and calm. Follow them.
1. Clean Your Roomba’s Brushes and Extractors
When your Roomba makes clicking and thumping noises, its brushes, and extractors are worn out or damaged. If the brushes have developed bristles, it becomes hard for the vacuum to collect dirt. It will also create strange noises, especially on hard floors.
Besides this, if brushes and extractors are clogged with hair and dirt, you will hear loud noises when your vacuum is cleaning. That’s why; you must clean your vacuum brushes and extractors so they can roll and turn properly. You have to clean them at least once a week. After 6-12 months, replacing old Roomba brushes and extractors is recommended.
2. Dust off or Clear Roomba Filter
If your vacuum’s filter mesh has dirt accumulations, it will cause blockage in the Roomba’s air vent. Ultimately, the device will use more power for cleaning and create unnecessary loud noises.
Check if your Roomba filter is clogged, you should clean it and dust it off. For this purpose, you will have to remove the filter present inside the dustbin. Press the bin filter releasing the button to take out its filter. Shake off the filter and tap it to remove the dust.
Avoid washing Roomba’s filter as it is not designed for washing. Also, avoid using a wet cloth to clean the filter. You should replace your filter after every 2 months for better cleaning.
3. Ensure Brush Frame Release Tab Is Down
In the latest Roomba models, a brush frame releasing tab is lift-able. If this tab is not closed, it will touch the floor. Thus, it will create loud noises when Roomba starts cleaning the floor. Besides making strange noises, it can also damage your vacuum cleaner.
So, you should follow a simple rule before turning on your Roomba; all its parts are secured and properly closed before it starts working. Thus, if you are using Roomba i, s, j, and e-series, then make sure to down and secure its brush frame release tab.
4. Remove Clutter From The Floor Before Cleaning
Roomba is programmed to avoid walls, furniture, and cliffs during cleaning because it has saved maps of your house. But is it not designed or programmed to prevent small clutters like socks, curtain tassels, dainty accessories, etc. So, if your Roomba comes in contact with small clutter on the floor, it gets stuck and creates noises.
Besides this, if your Roomba is stuck with small clutter, it may get clogged also. As a result, your device will be more prone to damage and make unbearable noises.
So, before your Roomba starts its cleaning process, you should clear your floor. Make a tour of your home and collect toys, clothes, and other accessories present on the floor. Remove small clutter so that your vacuum can perform its duty without any hurdles and will not make any noises, of course.
5. Enable the “Quiet Clean” Feature on Your Roomba
You can make your Roomba quiet by changing its cleaning preferences. The latest Roomba models have specific features that make them function quieter than the old ones. Especially if you have toddlers or pets at your home, you may want your Roomba to work quietly. Thus, choose the “Quiet Clean” option from the settings so that your Roomba will not make unbearable noises.
The quiet, clean option doesn’t consume much power and operates silently. But when your Roomba works quietly, it needs more time for cleaning than usual. So, there is a slight drawback also to this feature.
Follow the given steps to enable the “Quiet Clean” setting on your Roomba.
- Open iRobot Home App.
- Access the Roomba settings.
- Find and choose the “Cleaning Preferences” option.
- Choose “Quiet Clean”
6. Enable “Quiet Drive” Mode While Cleaning Specific Areas
“Quiet Drive” is the latest feature added to new Roomba devices. If you want to clean specific areas in your home without any noise, this feature is all that you need. It allows the users to experience a significant cleaning operation.
The vacuum will turn on this cleaning mode when it reaches its destination that you have set for “Quiet Drive.” This mode will save energy also. Your cleaner will not disturb anything in its way. Instead, it will clean that specific room silently and go back to its docking station. So, you can enable this mode to get a quieter cleaning for your toddler’s room or maybe for the guest room.
7. Lubricate the Wheels
If your Roomba makes a loud noise while cleaning but your device is not dirty, it may be due to a lack of lubrication on wheels. If all charging points and dock stations are dust-free, the noise may come from non-lubricated wheels.
Thus, to run your vacuum smoothly and without any noise, you should apply grease to the wheels. You must use a dry lubricate so that your floor will not get dirty. If you can’t open your vacuum to oil the wheels, you can do it by a small hole present on its side.
There is a small hole on the outer side of the wheel case; you can spray your lubricate through this hole. So, if you are afraid of opening your vacuum device, you can lubricate it through this method.
8. Run Device Frequently in a Day
If the extractors are new in your Roomba cleaner, they will make a noise during the cleaning operation. Newly installed extractors may have gaps between them, making it hard for larger dust particles to pass through them. So, extractors touch each other and cause strange noises.
To resolve this issue, you have to let the extractors wear out. Wearing down extractors will make less noise than before. Just run your vacuum a few times a day more than often. You can also set it on cleaning the same room on repeat if you don’t want any disturbance in the house. The extractors will wear out, and your device will make less noise.
9. Clear Roomba Cleaning Head Module Gearbox
The Cleaning Head Module is the base that keeps Roomba extractors and brushes. If you have checked everything mentioned above in this guide but fail to quiet your Roomba, check CHM now.
The Cleaning Head Module Gearbox is responsible for turning the brushes in the right direction. The CHM gearbox can also be dirty with debris accumulations like extractors and brushes. It can be clogged with hair, gunk, and dirt. So, it will power off the brushes, resulting in a thumping noise while cleaning.
Open up the gearbox and clean it to resolve this issue. Unscrew the sides of the CHM gearbox with a screwdriver and clean it with a soft sponge or a cleaning cloth.
But cleaning the Roomba Cleaning Head Module Gearbox is tricky and needs professional help. So, you should call a professional to clean it for you; otherwise, you can damage your entire device.
10. Replace the Cleaning Head Module
After trying all the fixing methods, if your Roomba is still making noises, the cleaning head module is defective. The CHM houses brushes and a gearbox, so replacing it with the new one will resolve the noise issue.
Not everybody can open a vacuum correctly. Thus, it’s better to take professional help while opening your device and changing the CHM of your Roomba. You must ensure that your new cleaning head module is compatible with your device model.
If your Roomba device makes strange and unbearable noise while working, it must be due to any fault in the vacuum or improper cleaning practices. Follow the methods mentioned above to make your Roomba quieter than before. If it doesn’t work, call a professional.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can your silence your Roomba?
You can silence your Roomba from beeping by dissembling it and unplugging the speaker. But dissembling Roomba is not recommended as it can damage your device and void your warranty. And there isn’t any silent mode on the app as well.
2. Why does Roomba make loud noises?
If your Roomba makes loud noises, it could be due to dirt and debris accumulations in brushes and extractors. Any clogging in the device will result in strange and loud noise coming from the vacuum, especially during cleaning. A defect in the cleaning module head gearbox is another cause behind Roomba’s loud noises.
3. How loud is the Roomba i7?
Roomba i7 is relatively quieter than other high-end robotic vacuums. On carpet, the noise level of the Roomba i7 is recorded at 60db, which is quieter than older Roomba models and other high-end vacuums.
4. What is the average noise level of Roombas?
The average noise level range for Roomba models is between 60 to 70 decibels. According to every model, there are some variations, but 70db is recorded as the highest noise level in Roomba 980 model, which is relatively older.