Roomba Not Emptying Bin (SOLVED!)

Edwin Parker
By Edwin Parker 14 Min Read
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Hey there! Have you heard about those super cool Roomba Robot vacuum cleaners? The ones that can empty their own dirt? Yep, that’s right! They can clean up and then toss away their own dirt without anyone having to touch it. This awesome feature started with the Roomba I7+ model back in 2018, and since then, many Roomba fans, maybe like you, have loved it!

But, sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Imagine your Roomba not throwing its dirt away by itself. Uh-oh! 🙁

Don’t worry! I’m here to help. Let’s figure out why this might be happening and how to get your little cleaning buddy back in action. Ready? Let’s dive in! 🌟

Why is my Roomba Not Emptying the Bin?

If your Roomba isn’t tossing its dirt out like it should, it’s like a superhero forgetting their powers. Let’s help Roomba get its super cleaning powers back! Here’s why it might be acting a bit shy:

Possible Reasons:

  1. Dirt Buildup: Dirt and dust can sometimes gather under Roomba’s front bumper. It’s like having mud on your shoes – makes it hard to move, right? This dirt can block Roomba from talking to its clean base (its home where it dumps the dirt). A little clean-up might help.
  2. “Do Not Disturb” Mode: Roombas are like us; they have a “Do Not Disturb” mode. If that’s turned on, your Roomba might just be taking a break from throwing out the trash.
  3. Power Problems: Imagine if you tried to do something and kept running out of energy. That’s how Roomba feels if its clean base isn’t getting enough power.
  4. Blockages: Sometimes, stuff can get stuck in the Roomba’s self-empty system. It’s like trying to pour water from a bottle with a lid on – won’t work, right?
  5. Clean Base Issues: Make sure Roomba’s clean base lid is shut tight. Think of it like making sure your cookie jar is closed so no cookies fall out!
  6. Missing Evacuation Port: Your Roomba needs this port to throw out the dirt. It’s like missing a trashcan when you’re trying to toss something away.
  7. Not Properly Docked: Your Roomba needs to sit just right on its charging dock. If it’s not, it’s like trying to fit a square block in a round hole.

Helpful Lights:

Your Roomba’s clean base has a helpful little light (LED indicator) that can give you hints about what’s going wrong.

  • Red Light: This means the bag inside might be full or missing. It’s like when your backpack is too stuffed, and you need to take some things out. You can either replace the bag or make sure it fits just right.
  • Blinking Light: If the light’s playing a blinky game, it means there’s something stuck in Roomba’s trash path or maybe the lid isn’t closed properly. Just clean out any stuck dirt and make sure everything’s sealed tight.
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What Do I Do If Roomba Is Not Evacuating Debris?

If your Roomba’s acting a bit stubborn and not throwing out its dirt, don’t worry! Just like solving a puzzle, we’ll find out the problem together. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get your Roomba back to doing its thing:

First Things First: Power Check! 🔌

Before we dive deep, let’s do a quick power test:

  1. Make sure your Roomba’s clean base (that’s its fancy trash bin and charger) is plugged into a socket that’s working.
  2. For Roomba i7 users, watch for a little light. When your Roomba goes back home to its base, there should be a solid white light that comes on. That’s like its way of saying “I’m home!”
  3. Try opening the clean base lid. If you see a red light, yay! That means your socket and clean base are working perfectly. Now we can look at other stuff.

Clean The Front Bumper and Contact Sensors

Imagine you’re wearing a pair of sunglasses, but they’re super dirty. Hard to see through them, right? That’s how your Roomba feels when there’s dirt on its bumper and sensors. So, let’s give it a nice clean and help it see better!

Why Clean?

As Roomba zooms around your house, it picks up dirt. Especially on its front bumper! It’s like when we wear shoes and walk around, they get dirty, don’t they? To make sure Roomba talks nicely with its base, we need to keep it clean.

Did you know? The Roomba’s makers say you should give it a good cleaning every month. It’s like a spa day for Roomba, and it’ll keep it happy for a long time!

Time for a Roomba Spa Day! 🛁

  1. Top Cleaning: Grab a soft cloth (like what you’d use to clean glasses) and gently wipe the top of your Roomba. Don’t forget to clean its home (the charging base) too!
  2. Special Window: The clean base has a little window called the “IR window”. It’s like Roomba’s special eye. Make sure you give that a gentle wipe to get rid of any dirt.
  3. Bumper Time!: Now, let’s focus on that front bumper. Turn Roomba upside-down (gently!). You can use a can of air (like for cleaning keyboards) or a vacuum to blow off the dirt. If you’re feeling adventurous, grab a screwdriver! There are 10 screws on the bumper. Unscrew them and lift the bumper carefully. There are tiny wires there, so we don’t want to yank it!
  4. Inside Cleaning: Once you’ve got some space to work, use your soft cloth to wipe the inside of the bumper. Remember, it’s like giving Roomba a gentle hug, so be nice!
  5. Sensor Shine-Up: As the last step, let’s make Roomba’s sensors shiny and clean. Gently wipe off any dirt that’s sitting there.

When you’re all done, put everything back in its place, screw the bumper back on, and give your Roomba a test run. It should be happily tossing out its dirt again!

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Check Your Do Not Disturb (DND) Settings

I totally get it – sometimes when I’m focused on something, even the little sounds around can be a tad annoying. Your Roomba has this nifty “Do Not Disturb” (DND) feature that tells it to stay quiet. Think of it like asking a younger sibling to play silently while you’re reading.

If you’re anything like me and your workspace is near Roomba’s home, you might’ve turned on DND to enjoy some peace.

🔍 Let’s Check!

  • Grab your phone and open up the iRobot app.
  • Look under the settings for your smart home, kind of like checking your phone’s silent mode.
  • If you see that DND is turned on, tap it to turn it off. Now, your Roomba should be back to its chatty self when it goes back home.

Inspect The Disposable Path

Imagine trying to toss a basketball through a hoop, but someone’s placed a big board in the middle. No score! That’s how Roomba feels if its path to toss out dirt is blocked.

🚦 Look for Warning Signs!

  • If there’s a problem, Roomba’s clean base will blink a red light, like a little alarm saying, “Hey, something’s not right!”

🧹 Cleaning Time!

  1. Carefully lift Roomba away and unplug its base.
  2. Look for a spot called the “evacuation port”. It’s like Roomba’s trash chute. Make sure there’s no dirt or toys blocking the way. Give it a wipe with a soft cloth if needed.
  3. Peek inside the base. See that bag where all the dirt goes? Make sure it’s sitting right, just like when we check our backpacks to make sure everything fits.
  4. Sometimes, lint or hair can gather on the blower cover (it’s like a little fan cover). Give it a wipe, and it’ll be all clean!
  5. If the bag seems too full, like when our trash bags at home are overflowing, give it a gentle shake to settle everything down.
  6. Pop the bag back in its spot, close the lid, and plug the base back in.

Once everything looks good, send Roomba back to its base using the app or just press its button. If it happily throws out its dirt, you’ve done an awesome job!

How Do I Manually Empty My Roomba Bin?

So you know, when Roomba goes home after cleaning, it’s supposed to toss out all the dirt it picked up, right? But sometimes, if we pop it onto its base by ourselves, it might need a little nudge to toss its trash. Here’s how we can tell Roomba to do it:

📱 Using Your Phone:

  1. Grab your phone and tap open the iRobot app.
  2. Look for the big “CLEAN” button for your Roomba. Just below it, there’s the “Empty” button.
  3. Tap that “Empty” button! It’s like telling Roomba, “Time to take out the trash!”

🤖 Using Roomba Itself:

  1. Check if Roomba’s sitting snug on its base.
  2. There’s a “HOME” button on Roomba. Press it once if Roomba’s awake. If it’s snoozing (or turned off), press it twice. It’s like saying, “Wake up, and toss your dirt!”

Roomba Empty Bin Button Missing

It’s a bit like when we can’t find our favorite toy, right? If you’ve peeked at the app and can’t spot the “Empty bin” button, let’s play a little game of hide-and-seek.

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🔄 Try a Roomba Reboot:

  1. Press and hold Roomba’s “CLEAN” button for about 20-30 seconds. It’s like asking Roomba to take a quick nap and wake up refreshed!
  2. Now, pick Roomba up and place it about the length of a bed (or 8 feet) away from its base.
  3. Hit the “HOME” button on Roomba. It’s like saying, “Race you home!” Roomba will zoom back to its base.
  4. Peek at your iRobot app. Hopefully, the “Empty bin” button is back, waving hello!

Remember, tech is cool, but sometimes it needs a tiny bit of our touch. With these steps, you’re all set to make sure Roomba keeps your home spick and span! 🌟🏡🤖

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, if your Roomba isn’t taking out its trash, it’s kinda like when our walkie-talkies lose connection. The main culprit? It’s usually because Roomba and its base aren’t talking right, often because of dirt and dust buildup on its sensors. It’s like trying to chat with our friends in a sandstorm – a little clean-up and we’re back in action!

But hey, if you’ve tried everything and Roomba still isn’t tossing its trash, don’t hesitate to give the Roomba helpline a ring. Their team is pretty awesome, and if your Roomba is still under warranty, you might even score a new one if the old one’s being too stubborn.

Remember, gadgets are fun, but sometimes they need a bit of TLC. Keep those sensors clean, and your Roomba will thank you with a spick and span floor! 🌈🏡🤗

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my Roomba not emptying the bin?

There could be various reasons why the Roomba is not emptying the bin. It could be due to a faulty bin, a clogged filter, or a malfunctioning sensor.

How can I fix the Roomba bin that won’t empty?

First, ensure that the bin is not full. If it's full, remove and empty it. Check the filter and clean it if it’s clogged. Also, clean the sensors at the bottom of the bin.

How often should I empty the Roomba bin?

It is recommended to empty the Roomba bin after every cleaning cycle. However, if you have pets or a lot of dust, you may need to empty it more frequently.

What should I do if my Roomba keeps saying the bin is full?

If your Roomba keeps saying the bin is full, but it’s actually empty, try resetting it. Also, check the sensors to ensure they are not dirty or malfunctioning.

Can I use my Roomba without an empty bin?

No, it is not recommended to use your Roomba without an empty bin. This can cause damage to the motor and other components of the machine, resulting in costly repairs.

How can I prevent future Roomba bin emptying problems?

To prevent future Roomba bin emptying problems, make sure to empty the bin after each use, clean the filter regularly, and check the sensors for any dirt or blockages.
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