why is my roomba so loud

Asking why is my Roomba so loud? We will answer that question for you! Roomba can often become too loud if you don’t maintain its hygiene levels.

Luckily, there is a solution. Here you’ll learn what could make your Roomba louder than usual and how to reduce the noise in minutes!

Roomba could become loud if the brushes or extractors have a lot of dust on them. The problem could also be with the vacuum impeller or whenever the extractors are rubbing together. You should also check the surface of the floor.

Let’s learn more about what could cause loud Roomba noises and then identify where they come from.

Why Is My Roomba So Noisy?

Your Roomba could become noisy due to dirt on the internal parts that are actively moving while the device is cleaning.

Here are the potential causes that could make your Roomba noisy:

1. Dust on Brushes/Extractor – Any dirt that has fallen on top of the brushes or extractor of your Roomba might generate additional noise.

2. Vacuum Impeller Problem – A general malfunction or improper movement of your Roomba’s vacuum impeller could also make the device louder.

3. Extractors Rubbing Together – Both of your Roomba’s extractors could be rubbing one another, and this can generate a lot of noise.

4. Cleaning Head Problem – An issue with the cleaning head of your Roomba might be the source of the unusual noise.

5. Problematic Floor – Sometimes your Roomba might have issues going through a certain set of surfaces, thus producing a higher noise.

Even though there could be more causes related to this noise problem, those were the most general suspects users are reporting.

Let’s now proceed with suppressing that noise as soon as possible!

How To Suppress Roomba’s Noise?

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To suppress the noise when Roomba is loud, you need to inspect the device or try to identify the source.

Following our solutions, you’ll achieve that goal so let’s start with some cleaning.

Solution #1 Clean The Brushes And Extractors

The most common way to resolve high noise coming out of your Roomba robot is to clean the brushes and extractors.

It is possible that they are either worn out or got clogged, so you must inspect these components of your Roomba and clean them.

Follow the steps below to clean both of your Roomba’s brushes and extractors:

  1. Turn your Roomba upside down.
  2. Push the extractor’s frame upwards until it’s completely opened.
  3. Grab the extractor and pull it towards you, until it comes out.
  4. Remove the debris out of the extractor’s ends, located on both sides.
  5. Inspect the brushes on your Roomba and clean them firmly (they should be visible once you turn the robot upside down).
  6. Assemble the extractor and pull the frame down, until it’s locked.

Note: It is recommended to clean your brushes & extractors once every week and replace them in a diapason of 6-12 months.

Solution #2 Clean The Cleaning Head

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The loud noise coming out of your Roomba might be caused by the cleaning head.

Just to clarify, the cleaning head is where the extractors or your Roomba’s brushes sit.

While in the previous solution you’ve cleaned only the dirt collectors of your device, here you should check and maintain the cleaning head.

Follow the instructions down below to maintain the cleaning head of your Roomba:

  1. Turn Roomba upside down and locate the 2 screws that hold the cleaning head.
  2. Unscrew the screws, grab the cleaning head by its latches and pull it out.
  3. Look for dirt inside of the storage compartment in your cleaning head.
  4. Use a cloth to collect all of the stuff inside of the cleaning head.
  5. Re-install all components you’ve taken out of your Roomba back into place.

Once you’ve re-assembled the cleaning head, turn on your Roomba and check if the noise is still louder than usual.

If this couldn’t help the loud noise coming out of your Roomba, let’s proceed with the next solution.

Solution #3 Dust Off The Filter

On your Roomba robot, there is a dust filter that could collect quite a lot of dust if left uncleaned for too long. This is why we suggest dusting off your Roomba’s filter.

Note: Keep in mind that Roomba’s filter is not designed to be washed with water. You must use a napkin to collect the remaining dust after a good shake on top of the garbage can.

Here is how to clean the dust filter:

  1. Remove the safety latch on the bottom of your Roomba.
  2. It looks like a panel with soft woolen stripers that are caught on dust.
  3. Remove the filter and shake until all of the dust falls off.

If you’ve been using it for longer than 2 months actively, replacement is recommended. If that didn’t help proceed with the next solution.

Solution #4 Enable “Quiet Drive”

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If Roomba is routing specific places in your house during its daily schedule, you can enable the feature “Quiet drive”.

It suppresses Roomba’s noise while it cleans but it is only applicable with specific cleaning routes & schedules.

This feature can be accessed and enabled from the Roomba application by going to Settings > “My Robot” > Quiet Drive.

Enabling it won’t only make your robot’s cleaning quieter, but it would also save additional powers in the aspect of Roomba’s overall functionality.

If enabling the quiet drive couldn’t resolve your problem and you still can’t figure out why is my Roomba so loud, proceed with the next solution.

Solution #5 Replace The Vacuum Impeller

The vacuum impeller on your Roomba robot is a small motorized fan that creates a suction for the debris that your robot collects.

It might have gotten worn out or stopped working and the dust won’t be collected properly, therefore it will stack up in an inappropriate place and create additional noise.

The vacuum impeller can’t be replaced easily and it is recommended to take your robot to a technician for a check-up.

Additionally, if your warranty is still intact, you could also deliver the robot for a factory repair since troubles with the vacuum impeller are counted as a fabric malfunction.

Why Is Roomba Loud On Hardwood Floors?

If your Roomba is only loud on hardwood floors, then the problem could be with the directions you have your Roomba.

Although hardwood floors aren’t the thing that Roomba can have trouble with, manufacturers stated that Roomba is one of the best cleaners designed for hardwood floors.

If you’ve taken all of the solutions above under consideration, but the Roomba is still loud on hardwood floors, try some of the things down below:

1. Change the Route

Differ your Roomba’s route throughout your household and guide it through specific paths in your hardwood floors.

2. Check for Loose Planks

Loose planks could cause Roomba to move them and generate more noise.

3. Get Roomba Checked Technically

If your Roomba robot struggles to go through the hardwood floors, check for loose parts. Missing parts might cause Roomba to make much more noise than usual, on hardwood floors.

Pro Tip: Follow Roomba’s route to detect at which surface the noise appears.

Read Next: Why Does my Roomba Keep Cleaning the Same Area?

Bottom Line:

To make Roomba generate less noise, make sure to enable “Quiet Drive” in the Roomba app and clean the filter. Don’t forget to maintain the brushes and extractors, and replace the vacuum impeller if damaged.

Now when you know why is my Roomba so loud, we hope that you were able to suppress the noise coming out of your iRobot sufficiently.

It is strongly recommended from anyone you ask to keep Roomba clean full time since cleaning robots have a great interaction with dirt and debris.

Nicole B