Are you scratching your head as you don’t know what to do when your robot vacuum cleaner sends you error message saying “empty the bin” when you have already emptied it? Many users, including me, faced the same issue, which is why we researched the causes and solutions to this problem.
When Roomba vacuum dustbin sensors send keeps sending full bin signals, then you have likely not cleaned all six of its sensors and ports properly. To clear this error and get back to cleaning, be sure to clean all sensors and ports thoroughly before rebooting the robot.
In this article, we will explain what you must do to prevent this error from appearing in the future and the reasons. However, you can read our another blog if you have any confusion around how to empty Roomba bin.
- How do I know when the Roomba Bin is Full and needs to be emptied?
- Why Won't My Roomba's Bin Full Indicator Go Off?
- Roomba Error Codes For Dust Container Issues
- Why does Roomba keep telling me to empty the container?
- Reasons why Roomba thinks its dust container is full
- Solution: Roomba Keep Saying Empty the Bin
- Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know when the Roomba Bin is Full and needs to be emptied?
iRobot recommends emptying the Roomba bin after each use. The Roomba’s front end houses the garbage compartment bin.
Cleaning Roomba frequently also increases the device’s battery life.
The robot vacuum consists of two black sensor ports on the outside and inside the bin compartment that notifies you whenever the bin is full or dirty.
A Roomba may alert you in several ways if the dust canister is full and needs to be emptied like a red light will sweep down, a trash can icon will light up, or Roomba will give an error code.
- A Clean button on the Roomba I Series will occasionally glow red. The light will spin to the bottom of the button when the dustbin is full.
- When using Roomba E Series, the iRobot Home App will let you know when the trash bin is full.
- When the red trash can-shaped light flickers at the top of the Roomba 700, 800, and 900 Series, you know it is full.
Why Won’t My Roomba’s Bin Full Indicator Go Off?
If your Roomba’s full bin indicator refuses to go when you have already cleaned the dustbin, it’s because there is still some dirt left on the sensors in the dirt container that makes the sensors believe that the dustbin is full.
Consider cleaning your Roomba’s dust container under a tap to let any residue dust wash off so that you don’t receive this message any longer.
Roomba Error Codes For Dust Container Issues
‘Empty the bin’ is not the only error code you get when you see a red light on your Roomba. There are other problems you might face with the dust container of your Roomba.
So, you must play the error message by pressing the ‘Clean’ button and follow the machine voice’s instructions when you get such an error code.
Below are some common error codes in a table, along with their causes and solutions:
|Error code||Error Message||Reasons||Solutions|
|Error 8||Vacuum Cleaner Problem||Vacuum cleaner has poor suction power||Clean the dust bin and its filter |
thoroughly and check for any
blockages like dirt, hair or sludge.
|Error 14||Replace dust container||The dust container is not detected||Check whether the dust container |
and filter are properly connected.
If not, connect them to work properly.
|Error 26||Vacuum cleaner problem||Filter of dustbin is clogged||Clean the Roomba’s dustbin|
filter or replace it with a new
and authentic one.
|Error 30||Vacuum cleaner problem||Vacuum cleaner cannot start||Clean the Roomba’s dustbin filter |
or replace it with a new and
|Error 36||Empty the dust container||Full dust container sensor is full||Clean the dust container well |
under the tap to remove even
the last bits of dirt and let it dry.
Why does Roomba keep telling me to empty the container?
If your Roomba continues telling you to empty the bin, it might not be completely cleaned. You must remove all kinds of gunk, oil, and dirt from the Roomba bin, sensors, and filters.
Especially don’t forget to clean the filter, as it frequently gets clogged up with hair and dirt. When this happens, the Roomba will assume that the trash bin is still full.
You can fix this problem by properly cleaning it; inspect closely for pet hair trapped inside the bin side sensors and ensure to unclog the filter on priority.
Reasons why Roomba thinks its dust container is full
Dust accumulation over time may blind the sensor, which can make its sensors mistakenly believe that the bin is full when it is empty.
There could be several reasons your Roomba may think its dust container is full.
- One of The Roomba’s sensors is still covered with dust even after emptying.
- The vacuum inlet is clogged with debris.
- The sensors in the dust container are still dirty.
- Long hair got caught in the inlet and started to gather dust.
- The filter is worn out or clogged.
- The Roomba case is dirty.
Related Article – How To Make Roomba Go Home
Solution: Roomba Keep Saying Empty the Bin
What to do if your Roomba constantly keeps alerting you that the bin is full? Usually, simply cleaning all of the sensors and ports should keep this error code from appearing repeatedly.
But you might need to restart your Roomba or even perform a hard reset if the full bin light is still blinking.
You should take these troubleshooting steps to fix “Roomba Keep Saying Empty the Bin”:
Clean the dust container sensors
If your Roomba has a persistent red “full bin” light, your first step should be to wipe these two sensors with a cloth. The bin on your Roomba may appear different depending on the model.
Nevertheless, the sensors are frequently located in the same location.
Use a dry napkin to clean the sensors; not required to have a Microfiber cloth.
Make sure that you thoroughly clean them. The primary aim here is to restore their black and glossy appearance. When you’ve finished, put the bin back in your Roomba and give it another shot.
If the bin light is still on, one of the Roomba’s sensors is most likely clogged with dust, or the vacuum inlet has trapped embedded lumps of dust and debris.
Clean Roomba container and filter
Change or clean the filter in your bin if the above method does not solve the problem. Occasionally, dust inside the filter may build up, making removal practically hard.
Ensure you don’t miss any dirt, and clean the filters with running water.
Moreover, you should get in touch with Roomba’s help if you’ve tried everything and the bin indicator still flash red, as a malfunctioning sensor could be a problem.
Reboot The Roomba Unit
Software problems can bring on this issue, and as Roombas seldom get software upgrades, your only viable alternative is to restart the device.
Any software issues that preventes the robot from accurately detecting a bin and determining if you successfully installed it may be fixed by rebooting the Roomba.
To restart/reboot your Roomba, you can follow the below steps:
- Press and Hold the Clean button for at least 20 seconds.
- Release it as soon as the white LED ring around the bin’s lid begins to spin anti-clockwise.
- Wait for some time; the white light will stop flashing once the vacuum cleaner restarts.
- Check to see if the full bin error reappears when you restart your Roomba.
Remember that a hard reset will remove all user-defined settings from the Roomba, including all previously-learned floor plans and cleaning schedules.
So before doing a hard reset, remember them or note them down and get ready to start the setup procedure all over again.
To perform a hard reset, use these steps:
- Open iRobot Home App, Navigate to Settings, and click on Factory Reset.
- Confirm the request to begin the factory reset.
- Once you confirm the prompt, the Roomba will begin the factory reset process; allow it to complete the reset.
- Cycle the Roomba through its cleaning routines when the reset procedure is complete to check if the bin problem reappears.
Contact iRobot Customer Support
You should contact iRobot support if a factory reset didn’t work for you or if you encountered other problems while troubleshooting.
The reason may be a malfunctioning sensor or other technical problem. Once the support personnel is aware of the model of your Roomba and the type of problem you are experiencing, they may provide you with more specialized assistance.
Moreover, you can utilize multiple channels such as mail, contact number, and chats to reach them.
Roomba keeps saying, “empty the bin,” because its dirt sensors still think there is dirt inside the trash compartment. The problem arises when you haven’t cleaned your robot vacuum cleaner thoroughly.
It is a good idea to clean your Roomba every few weeks thoroughly. Doing so can steer clear of such problems in the future.
The device likely spends 3 to 4 hours every week moving across carpet and dirt and collecting dust and hair, based on the dimensions of your home, and therefore, you should make an effort to care for it well.
Frequently Asked Questions
- iRobot Care Procedure Frequency, iRobot.com