How To Make Roomba Quieter | Troubleshoot Noisy Roomba - Smarthome Hut

How To Make Roomba Quieter | Troubleshoot Noisy Roomba

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Roomba is an AI Vacuum Cleaner Robot that cleans our home throughout the day with a single voice command or via the iRobot Roomba app. But, it needs to be very quiet in order to keep calm the whole day. 

Because, if they start making unexpected noises, it will really be frustrating and annoying. Beeps and announcements may get louder which wakes me up and interrupt my phone calls.

In this article, we will discuss the following points:

  1. How to troubleshoot a Noisy Roomba
  2. How Loud are Roombas
  3. Which Roomba is the quietest
  4. When should the noise trouble you

Clean your Roomba Brushes

  1. First of all, remove the brushes and pull them out.
  2. Now, you should remove the obstruction (hair, dirt, debris).
  3. You can use the cleaning tool which was provided by the company with your Roomba device.
  4. Pull out the tiny cover above the brush and clean it. You may see dust and dirt in that area.
  5. When you have cleaned your device’s brushes, you can try turning on and running it and check whether it is all right.

Clean Roomba Extractor Frame

(Part 1)

  • First of all, pull the Roomba extractors out of the device
  • Now, you should clean the area where extractors sit where they move, and rotate freely.
  • Open the Roomba back cover with the help of a screwdriver.
  • Make sure that you remove the battery to avoid any damage.
  • Now, open the screws and remove the side brush.

(Part 2)

  • Take a high-pressure Air Cannon.
  • Now, clean all the dust from the Roomba compartment.
  • Remove the 2nd frame where the extractors go.
  • Flip the extractor’s panel and clean it with an air cannon.
  • Install everything as it is and turn on Roomba.

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Clean Gear Box (Fix Clicking/Knocking Noise)

(Part 1)

  1. First of all, Flip over your Roomba and put out the Gearbox from Vacuum Robot.
  2. Open up all the screws from the back cover of Roomba.
  3. Now, remove the side brush and put out the cover right off.
  4. Now, you will be able to remove the Gearbox by opening its screws.
  5. Keep this gearbox aside with yourself and open up its two parts enough to make adjustments because they won’t get separated completely.
  6. You will notice the side of the gearbox and may expect a clicking sound coming from that part. Because gears are not turning well on that side.

(Part 2)

  1. Open up the screws from the side green part as shown in the picture below.
  2. If you have a dog with a lot of hair, you will notice that hairy stuff here in this portion.
  3. Clean these gears properly one by one. 
  4. You can use toothpicks and cloth to clean those gears.
  5. You may take white lithium and apply it to the edges of all the gears.
  6. Install all the accessories of Roomba as it is.
  7. Troubleshooting is successful.

Clean Roomba Charging Base

Roombas usually create a little noise when they head back to their charging base (Doc). Usually, they come to their charging station when their battery is running low or when their charging cycle is completed.

(i) Clean Charging points of Battery

First of all, you will see four screws on each corner of the back of the Roomba which has the battery fixed in its place. You have to loosen all the screws one by one. Screws are not pulled out, they just get loosened and the outer part comes out fully.

Now, you will pull the battery out and clean its surface points with a clean cloth. You will place the battery again in the compartment. Here, you will see a little brush that you have to hold, keep and pull upward.

Now, tighten all the screws and fit the cover completely. Plug the charger of Roomba with it and check whether it starts charging.

(ii)Clean Roomba’s Charger Contact Points

You can take Mr. Clean magic eraser recommended by iRobot which is used to clean the sensors of chargers. You need to wet it and squeeze it thoroughly and then you must plug out the charging cable and clean the charging sensor on the contact points.

Now, dry the wet points and remove all the moisture and plug in the charger back with your Roomba.

‘Quiet’ Option

Older generations have been very specific with their controls and were artificially trained well to modify the settings themselves.

In the S series, Roomba provides us the option to choose ‘Quiet Cleaning’ in the app.

Replace the Roomba’s brushes

Roomba brushes may get old which impairs the performance of the Roomba device. The average life of Roomba’s brushes is up to 12 months after which they need to be replaced.

  • Make sure that you have a normal-sized screwdriver available.
  • Open the back cover of the Roomba by opening its screws.
  • Now, remove the bottom cover carefully as it is a bit delicate.
  • Remove the brushes by pushing your finger on the tiny button toward the brushes.
  • Now, pull out the brushes with your hand carefully.
  • you need to replace the new brushes and set them in the place of old ones.
  • Line up both brushes and make sure you fit them
  • Now, tighten all the screws and close the back cover.

Check Beeps

Roomba has a way to distribute an error message in the form of beeps. Beeps are the sound code that has a specific meaning depending on the number of beeps Roomba creates.

You must have a deep knowledge of what these beeps mean and try to troubleshoot that error.

Roomba may give you an error message in the form of ‘Number of Beeps’ or an Error Message such as Roomba Error 38 or Roomba Error 15.

  • Five beeps in a row: The side wheel may be jammed.
  • Nine beeps in a row: Bumper error, clean the bumpers, and run your Roomba gain.
  • Roomba Error 1
  • Roomba Error 5

Fix Squeaking Sound from Roomba Wheel

Sometimes, the noise is coming from the wheel or the axle part of the wheel which is annoying and hard to detect.

  • First of all, look at the middle hole of your Wheel where you can have access to the axle of your Roomba wheel.
  • Now, take a Dry Lubrication or Teflon film. I will suggest you use ‘Blaster Dry Lube with Teflon’ as it dries up very quickly.
  • Now, take a stray and attach it with its tip and spray right in the center of the hole.
  • Don’t overspray everywhere if you have done, clean it immediately.


We have different flooring surfaces at our home. We may have a naked floor in the courtyard, a carpeted floor in the room, and a part of the room may be covered with a wooden sheet. So, all these surface types allow Roomba to sound differently.

On a hard floor surface, there may be a louder sound which may not be higher when Roomba is cleaning the carpet area. So, this is normal and you don’t need to worry about your Roomba and its noisy behavior.

Upgrade Your Roomba

The new iRobot Roomba 880 eliminates the need to handle those hair clumps by dispensing with brush cylinders altogether.

There are no brushes to clean, and iRobot says that the new system is also more efficient. iRobot claims the new Roomba’s suction power is five times greater than its predecessors.

The new robot-vacuum Roomba 880 is definitely quieter and faster.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Roomba supposed to be noisy?

Roomba vacuums are generally quieter than its competitor’s vacuums. They have an average noise level of 60 dB. But, there may be some errors or troubleshooting problems that you can resolve by following the article above.

Can my neighbors hear my Roomba?

Yes! If your walls are thin and you have shared your side wall with your neighbors, then there is a possibility of your neighbor listening to your Roomba, especially when Roomba comes in contact with baseboards.

Should you run Roomba every day?

If you have a pet and children, you must clean the home and run Roomba every day. otherwise, it’s good to clean yours after every second day.

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Mahnoor has graduated from <strong>AI Security Specific</strong> Program at PIASS. She has a special interest in technology especially Automated gadgets and Automated Robots. She has also studied programming and Windows security. She is now serving as Professor at PIASS teaching a major in AI. She has got herself into content gathering and now at <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">smarthomehut</a>, she often writes about Alexa programming skills and how different automated related devices and how tackle their various issues. You can find her @ <ol> <li><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Facebook</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Soundcloud</a></li> </ol> More Info <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">About Smarthomehut</a>

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