Roomba vacuums are relatively quiet, with an average noise rating of 48 to 71 dB. The noise level can increase due to various reasons. This article explains the common reasons behind a loud Roomba robot vacuum and how you can make it quiet.
Reasons Why Your Roomba Is So Loud
- Clogged brushes, wheels, and extractors force motor to overwork, resulting in louder running sound.
- 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.
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Tips to Make Your Roomba Quiet
1. Clean Your Roomba’s Brushes and Extractors
Roomba brushes and extractors get clogged with the debris they pick up. If Roomba makes grinding noises every time it cleans, flip it over and inspect the brushes and the extractors. Clean them if you see debris, hair, pet food pieces, or any other mess lodged inside the brushes.
Brush cleaning often fixes grinding noises and increases your vacuum’s suction force. Sometimes a loose brush or extractor isn’t properly connected after cleaning. Your vacuum may fall, get knocked-out or become loose over the years. Check that brushes and extractors are properly fixed in their place.
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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
The brush-frame tab on the latest Roomba models is lift-able. Your Roomba will make loud clicking noises if the tab isn’t closed. The simple solution to fix such problems is to check that all the components are in their place before you put your Roomba to work.
4. Remove Clutter From The Floor Before Cleaning
Remove small clutter like socks, pet food chunks, or anything that can clog Roomba’s brushes. These items block the brushes and prevent them from spinning. As a result, the motor exerts more force and runs louder than usual.
5. Enable the “Quiet Clean” Feature on Your Roomba
Some latest Roomba models have a “Quiet Clean” option. The vacuum operates silently in this mode, but its cleaning power is significantly reduced. Here’s how you can activate this option 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
A few Roomba models have a “Quiet Drive” mode, allowing the machine to go super-silent for particular rooms in your home. You can set this option for a particular room or all areas. It is battery saver option as well because the suction force is much lower.
7. Lubricate the Wheels
Dry wheels make squeaking sounds when your Roomba cleans the floor. Flip over your machine and inspect the wheels. Lubricate the wheels if you haven’t done it in recent times.
Use a dry lubricant to grease the wheels via the small hole on the outer side of the wheel case. The video below explains the process in detail.
8. Replace Vacuum Impeller
The small motorized fan on your Roomba is known as vacuum impeller. The impeller creates the suction force and keeps the motor cool. It can wear out or clog over time.
You can contact customer service to replace vacuum impeller if your unit is in warranty or you can hire a technician to do it for you.