roomba persistent error 14

What do you do against the Roomba persistent error 14? Well, this guide covers everything.

Many homeowners get frustrated when their Roomba vacuum suddenly displays error 14.

The error is proven to be very persistent and so if you’re facing the same issue, we’re here to help!

If your Roomba displays error 14, this indicates that there is an issue with the dustbin or the dustbin installation.

The only thing you need to do is make sure the bin sensors are clean and the bin is properly installed on the Roomba vacuum.

Continue reading to find out more… 

Everything About Error 14 Roomba – Potential Reasons!

everything about error 14 roomba potential reasons

Error 14 on the Roomba robot appears when the robot is having difficulty detecting the dustbin, which can occur due to different factors.

Well, once we identify the root causes of error 14, the troubleshooting of this error will be organized and effective so let’s unveil everything important.

  • The device’s bin is not properly installed in the Roomba.
  • The Roomba dust collector is full or overfilled with debris.
  • The bin sensors on Roomba are dirty, smudged, or covered.
  • Your Roomba bin sensors are malfunctioning or defective.

There are many other surrounding factors that we’ve made sure to include in the below guide so let’s jump into the troubleshooting!

Roomba Persistent Error 147 Best Ways to Resolve!

Note: Ensure to implement each troubleshooting method to effectively resolve error 14!

1. Reboot Your Roomba Unit

reboot your roomba unit

Rebooting your iRobot Roomba is a quick DIY fix that will most likely resolve errors from the unit that appear due to temporary bugs or glitches in the software.

Do not worry; this process will not take any longer and will not remove the device’s in-app configuration either. 

Note: Steps to rebooting your Roomba may vary between models!

How to Reboot Your Roomba Robot?

  1. First, ensure that your Roomba is turned on.
  2. Locate the “Clean” button on your Roomba.
  3. Press and hold the Clean button on your robot.
  4. Then hold the button for at least 10 to 20 seconds.
  5. Release when the white light and a beep come up.
  6. Wait for up to 60 seconds until your Roomba reboots.
  7. The process is complete when the white light turns off.
Reminder: Test whether error 14 appears by pressing the “Clean” button to start a session!

2. Remove and Reinstall the Bin!

remove and reinstall the bin

As we previously mentioned, error 14 appears on Roomba when its sensors are unable to detect the bin.

There is a chance that the bin may be incorrectly aligned and installed on the Roomba unit and that is why sensors are not detecting and recognizing the component.

The Solution?

Simply remove the bin from the robot and reinstall it in the proper alignment. 

Warning: Follow these steps carefully to avoid damaging your Roomba robot! 

Step #1 Remove the Roomba Bin

  1. Turn off your iRobot Roomba cleaner.
  2. Hold the vacuum robot in your hand.
  3. Find the bin release button on the back.
  4. Press and hold the bin release button.
  5. Hold the bin and pull the bin straight out
remove the roomba bin

Step #2 Reinstall the Roomba Bin

  1. Align the bin’s front with the front of the bin compartment.
  2. Gently slide and insert the bin back inside to embed it.
  3. Give the dustbin a gentle tug to fully seat, align, and lock it. 

When you are sure that the bin is properly aligned and seated on the bin sensor on Roomba, press the Clean button and look for error 14.

In case the error is still there, keep on reading!

3. Thoroughly Clean the Bin

Another quick fix to attempt against Roomba’s error 14 is to thoroughly clean the dustbin, which will exclude the possibility of dust accumulation.

The Roomba vacuum is less effective than other powerful vacuums, so daily maintenance and cleaning are essential for performance.

thoroughly clean the bin

How to Automatically Clean the Roomba Bin?

  1. Set up the Roomba robot on the base.
  2. Push the HOME button on the Roomba robot.
  3. Launch the iRobot app on your device.
  4. Locate and press the Empty Bin in the app.

How to Manually Clean the Roomba Bin?

  1. Push the Release button from the back of the robot.
  2. Then hold and pull the dustbin out from the robot.
  3. Press the door opener button on the bin to open it.
  4. Gently remove the filter from the bin and set it aside.
  5. Use compressed air to clean the dustbin inside out.
  6. Hold the filter and shake it to unclog the filter from dirt.
  7. Reinstall the filter into the bin and re-embed it back.
Note: When you Turn on your Roomba robot and restart the scheduled routine to begin the cleaning cycle to see if error 14 persists!

4. Clean the Bin Sensor Contacts

clean the bin sensor contacts

The next step is to also clean the bin sensor on your Roomba because the dust and dirt also clog the sensors, which results in a malfunction.

From there the performance will ultimately decrease and prevent the sensors from communicating with other components – the dustbin.

Here’s how to clean the Roomba bin sensor in easy steps:

  1. The first step is to turn off the power to your iRobot Roomba.
  2. Release the bin and remove the dustbin from the Roomba.
  3. Ensure the bin and filter are completely unclogged and clean.
  4. Inspect and locate the bin sensor inside the bin compartment.
  5. Clean the bin sensor using a soft and dry cloth to wipe dust. 
  6. Set up the bin back into the compartment and secure it in place.

When ready, start your Roomba and run a cleaning schedule to see if the bin sensor is working properly and detecting the dustbin.

In case the same error 14 continues, keep reading further!

5. Reinstall the Roomba’s Battery

reinstall roomba's battery

The Roomba may sometimes behave strangely and show error 14 when there is a power issue.

In this case, reinstalling the battery can help resolve Roomba errors by resetting the robot’s internal components and completely discharging them.

How to reinstall the iRobot Roomba’s battery in easy steps?

  1. The first step is to turn off your iRobot Roomba robot.
  2. Next, flip over the iRobot in order to access the bottom.
  3. Remove the sweeping brush screw with a screwdriver.
  4. Remove all screws from the lower area of the Roomba.
  5. Lift the bottom cover of the robot to expose the battery.
  6. Gently take out the battery from your Roomba robot.
  7. Then clean the battery contacts using Magic Eraser
  8. Reinstall the battery back into the battery compartment.
  9. Set up the bottom cover back and tighten the screws.
Reminder: Don’t forget to test whether the iRobot Roomba will now work without error 14 showing up upon starting a cleaning session.

6. Factory Reset iRobot Roomba!

factory reset irobot roomba

In case nothing else from this guide managed to help and your iRobot Roomba is still showing the persistent error 14, it’s time for a factory restoration.

This is not an ideal solution because the process erases all robot in-app settings so everything must be reconfigured from scratch!

However, the factory reset is the last resort so here’s how to perform it effectively:

  1. Connect your mobile to WiFi same as Roomba.
  2. Launch the iRobot HOME App on your mobile.
  3. Locate and click on the Product Settings.
  4. Head over to the About section of your Roomba.
  5. Find and tap on Remove Device from Account.

Once your Roomba has been reset, you must re-configure everything to control your Roomba vacuum. If error 14 persists, there could be a problem with your Roomba bin or robot hardware. 

  • For more help, simply get in touch with iRobot Support for assistance!
contact irobot customer care
Tip: You can get an iRobot Roomba Dustbin Replacement on anytime!

Quick Recap:

When Roomba persistent error 14 appears, restart your vacuum, remove and reinstall the dustbin and clean all of the operational sensors. If that doesn’t help eject and re-embed the unit’s battery and finally perform a factory restoration on the iRobot Roomba!

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