Why Does My Roomba keep Going in Circles? Best 5 Reasons

(Last Updated On: July 21, 2022)

A jammed bumper, malfunctioning wheels, or dirty sensors could be why your Roomba keep going around in circles. A problem with the bumper is the most common reason a Roomba keep going in circles. Let the Roomba keep going for 2 minutes in open space if this happens.

iRobot Roombas are intelligent and can even navigate through complex obstacles. You can give them names or orders using voice assistant compatibility. Roombas can become agitated and irritable when things go wrong. This is terrible news for their cleaning habits.

Owners often have to deal with a Roomba that spins around instead of following a pre-planned cleaning schedule or correctly navigating. Don’t panic if your Roomba starts spinning out.


Reasons Your Roomba Continues to Go Over the Same Area

It was evident that robot vacuum cleaners such as Roomba can make your life much easier. They will clean your house without you lifting a finger.

However, it can be frustrating if the Roomba keep going in circles after you have already spent a lot of money.

Although there are many reasons this can happen, I will only list 5 reasons that are simple and easy to fix.

However, Why does my Roomba keep going in circles?

1. Bumper stuck

A stuck bumper is one reason your Roomba robot vacuum cleaner will keep going over the same area. Sometimes, a bumper can become jammed or dislodged from dirt and debris.

A dirty bumper sensor can also cause problems with vacuum cleaner navigation.

Keep in mind that bumper sensors and bumpers can protect this gadget from potential accidents.

The machine may think it is approaching an obstacle if the bumper sensors get dirty, jammed, or aren’t working correctly. The device might decide to turn around or go in circles if it sees an obstacle.

2. Dirty Cliff Sensors

If the cliff sensors get dirty, your Roomba might also repeat the same move or perform the circle dance. The machine might not be able to recognize stairs or edges if the cliff sensors become blocked.

You can clean the cliff sensors regularly by wiping them with a melamine sponge.

3. Malfunctioning Wheels

If the wheels are damaged, the device can move in circles around the same area. This happens when there is any loose debris trapped in the wheels. This dirt and debris eventually cause the wheels to become jammed.

A robot vacuum cleaner can also keep cleaning the same spot despite uneven surfaces.

If you have this problem, consider moving the smart device to a flat surface. It works best on flat surfaces. Then, press the clean button to start the cleaning process again.

4. The Roomba Gets Stuck Under an Object

Sometimes the iRobot Roomba gets stuck under furniture and moves over the same area. To check if the machine is stuck, lift it.

However, remember that even though the Roomba has a bumper sensor to detect obstacles, it may sometimes get stuck. Either remove the object or switch off the machine to fix the problem.

5. Dirt Detect Technology

Once it detects a spot that is more dirt than usual, Roombas can activate the Dirt Detect Technology and continue cleaning until it cleans thoroughly.

Read More: How to Clean Roomba Brushes?

Simple-Peasy Solutions To The Problem

It will be easier to fix the problem if you have already identified the source of the problem. Let’s look at some simple solutions to the problem.

1. Tap the Bumpers Gently

You can first gently tap the bumper several times. Any debris that is stuck to the bumper will be removed. Then, press the clean button for a restart.

Sometimes, you can get your Roomba to start running as before by doing this simple thing.

Try the following tip if this is not the problem.

2. Reset the Roomba

Depending on your model, there are two ways to reset your iRobot Roomba. If your vacuum cleaner has a charging dock, you can turn it off. Next, press and hold the Clean button for approximately 10 seconds. Continue holding the button down until the status light blinks green and yellow periodically.

Suppose you have a model that does not come with a dock. Press and hold the Clean button for approximately 5-10 seconds. Continue holding the button down until the vacuum cleaner turns off. Then, turn it back on.

3. Replace the Battery

If your Roomba stops working after a reset, you should test its battery. You can remove the battery and then charge it with a different charger.

You can replace the battery if your vacuum cleaner does not change after a few hours of charging.

Please follow the instructions below if the machine continues to go over the same spot.

4. Keep Your Wheels Clean

To remove dirt and debris between the wheels, push the wheels up/down a few times. After cleaning, turn both wheels gently to ensure that they spin freely.

Additionally, robot vacuum manufacturers often use rubber materials to make the wheels. This can cause them to deteriorate with time due to constant use.

Your Roomba won’t be able to move effectively in this situation and will likely continue to roam the same area.

You should check the condition of the wheels and, if necessary, change them. If this is not the problem, please see the suggestions below.

5. Clean the Bumper Sensors

Remember that if your Roomba vacuum cleaners bumper sensors are dirty, they will likely continue to move in circles. You will need to use a soft brush to clean the bumper sensors inside.

Flip the robot upside-down, remove the cover, and open the bumper.

Once you have removed the cover, examine the bumper sensors for debris and dirt. Use a razor to remove any tangled debris from the sensors.

If this fails, try the next tip.

6. Wipe the Cliff Sensors

A dirty sensor can cause your Roomba keep going over the same area. Sometimes, a little dampened, clean melamine foam can be enough to solve the problem.

Keep your vacuum cleaners cliff sensors as clean as you can.

If this is the case, please see other tips below.

7. Check out the Motherboard

Lastly, if these suggestions don’t work, there are electrical issues. Check the Motherboard.

You can remove the screws, open the Roomba, and repair or replace the Motherboard. If your warranty is still valid, it’s best to contact the manufacturer.

Comparison iRobot Roomba i3+ vs. E5

Although they are visually similar, the iRobot Roomba i3/i3+ & iRobot Roomba i7/i7+ models have very different features and performance.

However, the iRobot Roomba i3/i3+ as well as the iRobot Roomba i7/i7+ robot vacuum cleaners can be very useful in keeping your home cleaner, safer, and more enjoyable to live in.

iRobot Roomba i3+ (3550) Robot Vacuum

The iRobot Roomba i3+ Robot Vacuum (3550) is a balanced robot vacuum cleaner that combines good vacuuming on different floors with automatic dirt removal. iRobot Roomba i3+ (3550), supports Google Home Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and iRobot App. This allows users to access many advanced features.

The iRobot Roomba i3+ (3550), cannot be used in place of the main vacuum cleaner, particularly not for cleaning the higher surfaces. However, it can help to maintain clean floors and save time.

iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum Cleaner E5

The iRobot Roomba E5 vacuum cleaner is a popular mid-range, WIFI-enabled robot vacuum cleaner. It is designed for small to medium-sized homes and apartments that require a simple but effective vacuum cleaner that will keep their home clean.

The iRobot Roomba E5 design follows the same principles as previous Roomba vacuums with a few minor improvements in terms cleaning and support.


This is it. You now better understand why your Roomba keep going coming back to the same spot over and over. These tips and tricks will help you to solve this problem quickly.

Roombas problems are often caused by minor faults or obstacles to the sensors. It’s better to declutter your home before you start your cleaning routine.

Roombas are a great place to stay, with many perks.

We are grateful for your kindness and support. Have a great day!

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I fix Roomba’s inconspicuousness?

You can push the wheels up and down several times to loosen any debris from the wheel well. You want the wheels to turn freely. Do not forget to press the DOCK button for 10 seconds.

How can I get my Roomba to go straight?

Cleaning the wheels sensors for the Roomba keep going again is necessary. The wheel sensor uses a rotating shutter between an LED emitter (or detector) and a rotating shutter. A pulse is created when the shutter wheel moves between the emitter & detector.

How can you clean Roomba’s wheels?

· To remove the robot’s front caster wheel, pull it down hard.
· You can also spin the wheel manually. …
· Push down to release the axle.
· Remove all hair and debris from the axle.
· Clean the wheel.
· Install the axle again, ensuring the sides are securely in place.

What is the time it takes for Roomba to map a house to be completed?

Usually generates a complete and detailed home map in two to three mapping runs. It may take five to six outings to get a full map. This depends on how large and detailed your home is.

Is it possible to use Roomba with no side brush?

How to use a Roomba without a brush
Using the Roomba with no brushes is a waste. It’s more of a sweeper than a vacuum, but if he does it every day to prevent grit buildup, it will give him better results.