Many of your everyday chores just got a whole lot harder. Your vacuum cleaner is doing the ratchet dance, or your Roomba isn’t even moving anymore. You’re getting frustrated and wondering why it’s happening to your robot.
You hate when that happens to your robot. You’re afraid it might break down, or you’ll have to replace it soon and it will be too costly.
Causes for Robot Vacuum Going Backwards and Fixes
It’s very common for vacuum cleaners to go back and forth when they are first switched on. However, if the vacuum cleaner will not stop going back and forth, then it is possible that the robot has a problem.
It’s important to know what’s happening with your robot vacuum so that you can fix the issue as soon as possible. Here are the causes why your robot vacuum is going backward and fixes:
Debris Stuck with the Wheels
After using a certain period of time, a robot vacuum goes backward due to dirt and debris stuck with its wheels.
When the driving wheels are tangled with long debris like hair it cannot move and if it moves then you see that it is going backward instead of going forwards.
To fix this issue you have to make sure that there are no clogs or debris that can make obstacles to the robot vacuum going forwards. Also, you can detach the wheels to clean them with water.
Your Robot Vacuum Front Bumper Is Stuck
When your robot vacuum’s front bumper rail is stuck with dirt and clogs then it can go backward and it is so embarrassing. It happens when clogs make a barrier moving the device in front of the bumper.
To get rid of this problem clean the bumper properly and detach it and then reset it if it is not in the right position.
Anti-fall Sensors on the Bottom are Covered with Dust
If the anti-fall sensors on the bottom of the bumper do not work when it’s covered with dust, make the device useless for cleaning going backward.
Dust creates obstacles to the sensors and they cannot send signals to the head unit to go forwards and thus it keeps going backward.
Wipe the sensors well with microfiber cloths to work them again and clean going forwards.
When the above reasons are not responsible for going backward your robotic vacuum cleaner then thinks that it is for the software issue.
For software issues, a robot vacuum can circle, go backward and even not move instead of going forwards. And due to the software issues, sometimes it goes forwards and backward on a clean space too.
To fix the software issue, you have to update the operating software and use the latest version.
If your robot vacuum cleaner is going backward, you’re not alone! Many people experience the same issue with their robot vacuums.
It’s embarrassing to call your robot vacuum company and get a list of solutions that don’t even solve the problem.
With these quick fixes, you’ll be able to save your robot vacuum from going backward or getting stuck on things so it can keep cleaning for years to come.