First aid for robot vacuums
My robot is falling, bumping, or spinning in circles
Depending on how advanced your robot vacuum is, it will have various sensors to help it find its way in the house. Cliff sensors prevent the robot from falling down the stairs, distance sensors ensure that the robot won't bump into anything, and collision sensors will slow the robot down when it's headed for a collision. If the robot is suddenly doing things it doesn't normally do, the sensors or lasers are probably dirty. It's easy to clean them, which will solve many of these problems.
The robot can't find the base station
Do you have a robot vacuum that should return to the base station on its own, but is the robot unable to find it? The most common reason for this is that the base station doesn't have enough space. The robot's manual will tell you how much space should be free around the base station.
In some cases, the robot didn't start from the base station. Make sure the robot always start from the base station.
The robot's not working normally in the dark
Do you enjoy turning the robot on at night, but does it look like nothing happened the next morning? It could be that your house is too dark at night. Most robot vacuum sensors don't do their jobs if the surroundings are too dark. Opening a curtain for some moonlight or light from a street lamp may already be enough to solve this problem.
The robot vacuum gets stuck under the cupboard
Does the robot vacuum get stuck under the cupboard, unable to get out from underneath it again? In this case, too, the problem might be that the robot vacuum doesn't have enough light to function properly. Try to create light under the cupboard and see if the robot finds its way now. If you don't want the robot vacuum to get under the cupboard at all, place a magnet strip or a virtual tower.
The battery runs out faster and faster
That's right. All robot vacuums have rechargeable batteries. As time goes on, their quality decreases, just like it does in a mobile phone, for example. Do you care about preserving the battery for as long as possible? Choose a robot vacuum with a Li-ion battery. These batteries are of the highest quality and last the longest.
The suction power is decreasing
How often should you empty the dust cup? Robot vacuums have a relatively small dust collector compared to regular vacuums. Emptying the dust cup after each time you vacuum is recommended. The robot will then have space again to collect as much dust as possible the next time you use it. If the robot needs to vacuum more than 100 square meters in your house, take a careful look at its collection capacity. The larger the dust cup, the longer the robot vacuum will be able to keep vacuuming.
What should I replace when?
In order to keep using your robot vacuum for as long as possible, you'll need to replace parts now and then. When you do, the robot vacuum will be as new and last longer again. Replacing parts in time also prevents a number of common problems. For example, the suction power will stay optimal and the robot won't leave any dirt lying around. Basically, there are 2 parts on a vacuum cleaner that you should change regularly: the brushes and the filter.
You should replace the side brushes and any center brushes around once every 6 months to once a year. This depends on how often you use the robot and on what surface. On a robot that vacuums the carpet regularly, the brushes will need to be replaced sooner than on a robot that only vacuums hard flooring now and then. When you use the robot at least 3 times a week, we recommend changing the brushes every 6 months.
How often you should replace the filter depends on the kind of household you live in. If you have pets or allergies, for example, you'll need to replace this filter more often. On average, you'll need to replace the filter once every 3 months. In the meantime, most filters can be rinsed under the faucet. If you use the robot more than 3 times a week, it's a good idea to quickly rinse this filter every week.