Roomba Won’t Dock – Causes and Solutions

The Roomba iRobot vacuum is an automated cleaning robot that vacuums your floors on its own.  One of the most fundamental capabilities of the Roomba vacuum cleaner is “docking.” It can find its way back to its charging station. However, sometimes Roomba has issues with docking or won’t dock. Numerous factors could prevent Roomba from docking. This article will discuss the possible causes of a Roomba not docking with solutions. 

1. Check the home base 

The first thing you should check is the home base to prevent the Roomba from not docking. For some reason, the home base cannot get enough power from a wall outlet, which prevents it from turning on. The robot won’t receive any signals and won’t be able to find its charging base if the home base isn’t turned on. The robot won’t dock if it can’t find its home base.

Make sure your home base has electricity. The Home Base will display a solid green light when turned on. An electrical issue may exist if there is no light or if the light is flashing or changing color. It can be fixed by checking the outlet, power cord, circuit breaker, or wall socket.

2. Check the position of the home base

Place the base against a wall on a flat, hard surface with a clear path for the Roomba to follow. Make sure there is nothing in the way within 1.2 meters (four feet) of the base, whether it be furniture or another object. Do not place the base near the stairs. If the power cord is in the path of the Roomba and the home base, remove it. The Roomba will have trouble docking with the home base if a power cord is in its path.

3. Clean the charging contact and sensor 

A dirty contact point is one of the most common concerns you could face when using your Roomba. Over time dust or debris may cover the charging connector and sensor of the home base. If your home base is covered with dirt, the Roomba may not be able to find the home base and won’t dock. 

You will need to clean the charging contact and sensors of your Home Base and Roomba. Unplug the Home Base from the wall socket, then clean down the electronic contact points of the home base and your Roomba with a dry cloth.

4. Ensure no Virtual walls 

Most Roomba models include the option to put up virtual wall barriers. This feature is quite beneficial for assisting Roombas in avoiding sofas and tables and staying away from the kitchen. However, you cannot put a virtual wall anywhere near the home base, otherwise, the Roomba will become confused when it returns to the home base. 

If there is a Virtual Wall Barrier within eight (8) feet of the Home Base while your Roomba is attempting to dock, this may cause interference with the infrared beam. Remove any virtual walls you may have if they are within eight feet of the home base.

5. Remove obstacles

Remove obstacles from the bumper and path to automatically enable the Roomba vacuum to run to the docking station. It may be difficult for the Roomba to return to the charging station if there are several obstructions in its route, resulting in the Roomba not docking. Heavy objects like vases, coffee tables, chairs, and cabinets should be removed from the docking area to allow the device to dock.

6. Check wifi connection

A Roomba cannot return home or drive anywhere without a Wi-Fi connection. If your Roomba isn’t responding to navigation commands, ensure your Wi-Fi network is working. 

7. Avoid sunlight

Place your home base away from bright windows because sunlight can enter them. Home bases do not perform well in direct sunlight. It obstructs the Roomba’s ability to receive the infrared signal that brings it back to its home. So put your home base away from sunlight. 

8. Check the lighting of the room 

Make sure there is plenty of lighting. Roombas will struggle to map their area if it is dim or gloomy. Dim lighting can obstruct the path of the Roomba to its home base.

9. Avoid moving Roomba while cleaning 

The Roombas won’t dock if someone moves them while they are cleaning because it will be difficult for them to return to the home base. Because the Roomba’s mapping became muddled when it was moved.

Roomba not  Docking Properly

Many Roomba owners claim that their vacuum did not dock appropriately to the home base. There are numerous causes of improper docking. Some of them are covered below.

Roomba not  Docking Properly

1. Check the front wheel caster

Sometimes the front wheel caster drops too low. If the front wheel caster sinks, the Roomba will not dock properly. Because the Roomba’s bumper strikes the docking station as it arrives at the docking station as the front wheels are too low in their proper position. To fix this issue, put two washers on the shaft of the front wheel caster by removing the front wheel caster.

2. Check the charging contacts 

You should check the charging contacts of both the home base and the Roombas to confirm that none of them are lowered. Over time, the contacts may get low down. The Roomba won’t be able to properly dock to the charging station if the pins are pushed downward.

3. Adjust the position of the home base

The home base should be put against the wall on a hard surface. Sometimes when Roomba comes for docking it pushes the dock and shifts the home base from its place. When Roomba docks, it may sometimes push the home base and move it from its position.  Attach velcro straps underneath your home base if you see it move from its position while docking.

Final Words

Numerous factors prevent Roomba from docking. However, if the issue is not serious, you can solve it on your own. Check the power and location of the home base if you observe that your Roomba is not docking.  If the home base is functioning properly, you should clean the charging contacts, take down virtual walls and obstacles, avoid sunlight, etc. 

I have included a few causes and a solution for not docking the Roomba in the previous section of this article. If you can’t find out the problem with your Roomba not docking after inquiring about all of the factors described above, you can contact Roomba customer support.

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