How to Fix a Roomba Going in Circles? (6 Easy Fixes)

Last updated on April 15th, 2024

A common issue Roomba owners encounter is when it starts to spin in a circle instead of a pre-planned path. It might happen due to a software malfunction, but sometimes this happens due to some minor issues that you can address yourself. In this article, we will provide a list of causes and guide you to troubleshoot this problem.

So why is your Roomba spinning around in a circle?

There are several potential reasons why your Roomba is spinning in a circle, such as a stuck or jammed bumper, malfunctioning wheels, dirty sensors, and software glitches.

How to fix a Roomba that keeps going in circles?

Ways to fix Roomba going in circles
Ways to fix Roomba going in circles

To effectively address this issue, there are several solutions starting with:

Check your floor mapping

The first thing you should do is place the Roomba on a clean section of the floor with no nearby obstacles. This will provide a clear path for Roomba to operate efficiently. Clear any loose wires, toys, or other items that may obstruct Roomba’s movement.

Set Roomba to conduct a basic cleaning cycle for a few minutes and watch how it works. This will allow Roomba to complete its usual cleaning activity without meeting any complicated barriers.

If Roomba operates as it should during the basic cleaning cycle, it is likely that more complicated furniture arrangements or objects that Roomba couldn’t navigate under caused the error. In such cases, resolve the issue by manually cleaning under furniture or removing obstacles.

Check Stuck bumper

A Roomba’s bumper might get jammed due to dirt or debris. As a result, it moves in random directions, or the machine spins in circles. To fix this, gently tap the bumper a few times to dislodge any debris that might be trapped underneath. Once the debris is dislodged, your robotic vacuum should resume normal operation.

Note: The most common cause of a Roomba going in circles is the Stuck bumper problem.

Check the Wheels

If there are no bumper issues, you must check the robot’s wheels next.

Inspect for Debris: To examine the wheels, flip the Roomba over and check whether any debris is stuck inside them. Mostly you will find tangled hairs, carpet fiber, or any other debris stopping the wheels from moving. Gently remove them using a pair of tweezers or a cleaning tool.

Clean the Wheel Sensors: Roomba models have wheel sensors that can detect movement. If these sensors get dusty, they may start to recognize obstacles that are not even there. Ensure these sensors are free from dirt or dust by using a soft, dry cloth to wipe them clean.

Reset the Wheels: If the wheels appear misaligned, try resetting them. Lift the Roomba and flip it, press the wheels up and down a few times to realign them properly. When the wheels are clean and aligned, try using Roomba again.

Check the Sensors

Roomba Robot vacuum comes with advanced sensors that play a crucial role in navigation. Issues with these sensors can cause the robot vacuum to spin in circles. To troubleshoot sensor-related problems, follow these steps:

Clear Obstructions: Ensure there are no obstacles, such as furniture or cords, blocking the Roomba’s sensors. Move any objects that might interfere with its path.

Clean the Sensors: Wipe the cliff sensors (which keep the Roomba away from the stairs) and optical sensors located on the bottom of the Roomba using a clean, dry cloth paying close attention to the sensor section. Remove any dust or dirt that might be obstructing their functionality.

Update the Roomba’s Software

Ensuring that your Roomba has the latest software updates can fix known issues. Follow these steps to update the software:

  • Connect the Roomba to the charging dock.
  • Download and install the Roomba mobile app on your smartphone.
  • Go to the settings or software update area of the app after selecting your Roomba model.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to check for and install any available software updates.

Dark floors may cause this issue

Dark carpets or wood flooring can pose a challenge to the smooth operation of a Roomba Due to its sensors, These sensors help the Roomba navigate a room, avoid furniture, and effectively clean the floors.

However, when confronted with very dark surfaces, such as black carpets or wood flooring, the Roomba’s sensors may misinterpret the darkness as a cliff, causing it to move in circles.

There isn’t much that can be done to eliminate this issue. To ensure proper operation, the Roomba may need to avoid cleaning in dark places and adjust cleaning settings.

How to prevent Roomba from going in a circle?

Cleaning the sensors regularly, inspecting wheels, optimizing room layout, keeping up-to-date software, and conducting frequent calibration keep Roomba robots in perfect condition and reduce the chances of getting stuck in circles.

If the issue persists even after attempting the above solutions, we advise you to contact the Roomba manufacturer’s customer support for further assistance.


Why doesn’t Roomba go in straight lines?

Roombas don’t follow straight lines because these vacuum robots consist of sensors and algorithms to detect obstacles, navigate around them, and follow random paths for thorough cleaning.

Why is my Roomba light spinning?

Roomba’s spinning light signals a type of fault. The probable causes for this include an obstacle, a stuck bumper, a low battery, wheel drop sensors, or a software problem. In this case, consult the manual or contact support.

When I turn my Roomba on, it doesn’t go forward anymore.

Clean the wheels, inspect the sensors, reset the Roomba, charge the battery, and restart the program. If your Roomba is still not moving forward, contact customer service or seek expert assistance.

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Mark Thompson

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