Technology is meant to make our lives easier, isn’t it?
The whole point of buying a Roomba was to save me from the monotony of having to vacuum everyday.
But now this- the damn robot can’t seem to find it’s way home consistently.
What is the point of a robot if I’m having to pick it up and move it around everyday?
Well hopefully this post will help you and lower your blood pressure.
I will help you to move your Roomba to a new location and to find the best place possible for the home base.
What is the ideal place for a Roomba home base?
A Roomba is meant to go about its cleaning duties without human intervention, but you’ll have to make sure to place its home base in an open, easily accessible spot so it doesn’t need your help. Let’s see what you need to consider.
Choose a spot close to an electrical outlet
The home base is the place the Roomba goes to recharge its batteries. The home base needs to be plugged into an outlet for that. The obvious solution is to place the home base against the wall, close to the outlet.
Give it some maneuvering space
Your Roomba is smart enough to know where home is and can navigate its way there, but it needs a bit of maneuvering space. To avoid any problems, clear a path for the robot. The home base needs to have at least 4ft of free space in front of it and 1.5ft on each side.
Find a flat surface
A Roomba can navigate around the house quite well, but it cannot climb. The home base needs to be placed on a flat surface, at floor level.
Smart vacuums are equipped with sensors to detect staircases and stay away from them, but why tempt fate? Accidents do happen and you wouldn’t want your Roomba to take a tumble. Also, landings are usually tight spaces so there’s also the risk that a member of your family might trip over.
Smart vacuums can deal with cords on the floor or tassels, but it’s best to clear a path for it to reach the home base safely. Try to remove as many obstacles as possible.
Doors, on the other hand, are an obstacle a vacuum cannot deal with, so don’t even think of putting the home base in a closet. Old vacuums, yes, those belonged in closets and were usually stored out of sight, but you’ll have to get used to the idea of keeping your Roomba in plain sight. And, why not? It will certainly make your guests green with envy.
What are the common reasons that a Roomba can’t find it’s home base?
Here are the most common reasons your robot cannot find it’s home and how to fix them.
When its job is done, the Roomba knows it’s time to get home. The home base emits an infrared signal to guide the vacuum back. One of the reasons the vacuum has trouble finding its home base is that there’s something blocking the signal, such as a Dual Mode Virtual Wall barrier. If you need to install virtual walls to keep the robot away from certain areas make sure to place them at least 8ft away from the home base.
Sounds weird, but Roombas can get confused if you interfere with their schedule. If you pick up the vacuum and move it to a different spot while it is operating, this will confuse its electronic brain.
To avoid confusing your Roomba, always make sure to start the cleaning station from the home base. If your vacuum doesn’t have Wi-Fi or is not connected at that time, it needs to be in contact with the home base at the start of a cleaning cycle.
For a robot connected to Wi-Fi, make sure it’s close enough to the base, like within 6ft, and it won’t have trouble getting back.
If the home base isn’t plugged in or the outlet is faulty, it won’t be able to send out the infrared signal that guides the robot back. If the base is correctly plugged in, you should be able to see a blinking light on it.
Can you move the Roomba home base?
You can move your vacuum’s home base, but it would be nice of you to let it know about it. An older model without Wi-Fi connectivity will find its way following the infrared signal, but for a newer model you should use the app to update its maps.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Go to History and select the Clean Map Report
- Go to the menu in the upper right corner and select Update Smart Map
- Double check that it updated properly and it includes previous edits to your Smart Map so your vacuum won’t have any trouble next time it needs to clean the house.
How do I reset a Roomba for a new location?
If you need to reset your Roomba, don’t worry. It is very easy to do, but remember you will also have to reprogram afterwards, as all the information in its memory will be deleted. Here are the steps you must follow:
- Press the Clean button and hold it down for around 10 seconds. By that time, you should get the message ‘rSt’ on its screen.
- Release the Clean button and leave the vacuum alone. You will hear the noises indicating that the Roomba is turning off and then on again.
- Once the reset is complete, you need to reprogram the time and date on the robot, as well as its schedule.
Can Roomba have two home bases?
If you have a large house with several floors, you don’t need to buy a Roomba for each of them. You can use two (or more) home bases and your vacuum won’t have a problem with that. The important thing is that you always start the cleaning session from the home base on that floor. Once it’s done cleaning, the vacuum will know where it needs to go back.
Most stores sell home base units separately and you can buy as many as you need. The robot can memorize plans for up to 10 different stores, if need be.
However, some customers complain that the vacuum tends to get confused if it’s frequently moved from one floor to another. The most common problems are – trouble communicating with the home base, floor maps getting combined or trouble emptying.
One way of avoiding such issues is to stick with one home base and move it to the floor that needs to be cleaned.
How do I get my Roomba to recognize a new room?
If you need to add a room to your Roomba’s cleaning area, you can easily do that from the Smart Map.
Go to Smart Map and run a Select All from the New Job button. You can also choose a Mapping Run and allow your robot access to all the areas on the floor, including the new room you want to add. Once the robot is done with the task, you’ll see a message in the Clean Map saying New Room Found. The map will update itself automatically.
If this doesn’t happen for some reason, let the vacuum do its cleaning giving it unrestricted access and check the Clean Map Report in its history to see whether it has identified the new space. You can then click on the menu in the top right corner and update the Smart Map with the Clean Map.
How to completely turn off Roomba for transport?
If you’re moving home, you’ll obviously need to turn the Roomba off. That’s easy. All you have to do is remove it from the home base and hold the Clean button down for at least 10 seconds or until all its lights are turned off.
If the Roomba is going into storage until you get settled in, you should put it in vacation mode. Make sure the vacuum’s battery is fully charged before you turn the Roomba off. It is recommended that you take the battery off while you put it in storage. To remove the battery you need to flip the vacuum over, unscrew the lid on the battery compartment and take it off. Make sure to pack the battery carefully so it doesn’t get damaged during transport.