How To Fix Roomba Error 17 | Cannot Complete Cleaning
Roomba is an AI Robot vacuum cleaner that cleans through an advanced navigational system of your home. But, Roomba may get into minor troubleshooting errors which stop Roomba during its cleaning cycle.
What is Error 17 on Roomba?
Error seventeen (17) means Roomba cannot complete cleaning job due to an issue in the navigational system and it has revoked cleaning.
Error 17 can be for a number of reasons described below:
Key Solution points
When Roomba is having issues with its navigational system due to a problem with sensors, it stops immediately. For example, Roomba won’t enter a room where it is not sufficient light and Roomba is unable to locate and see through.
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Roomba also stops cleaning when it sees clutter on the floor and when Roomba detects stairs or cliffs, it also stops to avoid any damage.
How To Fix Roomba Error 17
Clean the Sensor properly
Multiple rounds of Roomba for cleaning purposes in the house gather dust and dirt particles in its bags. You should clean your Roomba regularly for about half an hour to make them work smoothly in the house and avoid getting stuck.
Clean the Sensors of the Roomba properly and it will fix most of the sensors’ issues and errors which are hindering the Roomba’s cleaning and allow the Roomba to move all around the home.
Cliff Sensors in the Roomba are small rectangles around the edges of the Roomba. Cliff sensors avoid your Roomba from dropping off or falling off steps.
Dirt Sensors are rectangular blocks and are present in the right and left areas of the Roomba’s dustbin.
Provide Sufficient Light in all Rooms
Roomba is an AI device that uses motion sensors, optic sensors, and Infrared technology. It requires sufficient light in the room to clean properly and identify objects completely. But, not enough light can cause Roomba to stop suddenly.
Roombas clean their house and their rooms very efficiently with their advanced technology and proper navigation system.
Roombas navigation system is operated through the camera installed in the device. These cameras locate the room’s position and its areas with the help of light. In the absence of proper light, Roombas are not able to detect the proper mapping of the house which creates a hassle in cleaning the room properly.
Make sure that all your rooms have adequate lighting installed to make them work and clean efficiently.
Relocate Roomba Home Base
Usually, Home base is placed at a point where there is no clutter, and Roomba Base is also away from Infrared radiation such as ultraviolet lights, Radio transmissions, and Bluetooth connections.
Some light-emitting sources have strong IR waves which can cause Roomba Home Base to cause interruptions for Roomba sensors.
Just relocate your Roomba Home Base somewhere else where you don’t have to deal with these obstructions.
Remove Clutter and Clean Surface Area
It could be possible that Roomba has run over some kind of transition like a door threshold that was hard to get over and it can’t run back. If there is anything like that you might want to Remove the Clutter or use Virtual Wall Barrier to keep it from going there.
Different types of small wooden items, clothes, and toys create clutter on the floor which hinders the movement of Roomba.
- If Roomba detects any kind of these objects, it will stop immediately.
Different household items in the room cause obstacles to cleaning. If you have created a mess of furniture and other decoration items in the room then try to throw them away from the room and try to remap the room and make sure that this time, you make the room clean and simple on its surface.
Setup Virtual Wall
Roomba users must have seen the virtual wall feature, it is really a handy feature through which you monitor and control the Roomba movement in the house.
By using the virtual wall feature, you can disallow Roomba to go to a specific area of the house. If you don’t have enough light n the room, you can disallow Roomba to enter your room. Turn off virtual if Roomba keeps cleaning the same area.
Most people use the virtual wall feature to:
A short restart can give relief to your Roomba from bugs and refreshes its sensors to enable it to function again. Restring Roomba helps it to resolve many other errors like Error 15
Because, sometimes, there may be a software malfunction that is stopping the device from working properly.
For S and I series models,
For the 700, 800, and 900 series,
It means that you are about to start a brand-new cleaner that has no maps, no settings, and no customizations. It will remove all of your data saved. But, it has worked in many similar cases such as Roomba not charging.
So I recommend it to everyone if they have not got rid of the Roomba error which is not cleaning due to sensor issues.
If you are unable to get the solution from all the above-mentioned methods, you must try resetting your Roomba which will surely help you.
(I have done this reset for my model 560 series but it is almost the same for other models as well.)
Make sure that you keep the Roomba on the charging base for a little longer time.
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If you have tried all the approaches mentioned above and cannot find the solution, this indicates that the problem is in your device by the factory. You must contact the Official Roomba Support. They will surely guide you to the best and resolve your problem.
Your Roomba may find issues with its internal system due to the battery not charging and causing error 2. So, first Resolve Error 2 in case none other steps worked for you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my Roomba i7 not emptying?
If your i7 Roomba is not emptying even when you press the bin button, you need to restart your Roomba by pressing the Clean button and hold it for about 20 seconds. Now, you can retry emptying your Roomba.
Must Follow Roomba Error 14 which is all about bin issue in Roomba.
Can I wash my Roomba bin?
First of all, remove its filter and now you can rinse it in warm water.
Hamza is a passionate technical writer with more than 5 years of experience. He has a keen interest in PC games, and Windows OS Security Systems. He loves technology and Alexa products and he has used multiple automated gadgets at home, with almost every version of the Echo and Rumbas especially. Now, He writes detailed information on every issue and feature of Alexa, Echo, and other smart and automated gadgets and also reviews them according to my use and personal utility experience.