Why Does My Robot Vacuum Cleaner Stop After a Few Seconds?

Aug 03, 2023, 11:18am

If your robot vacuum shuts down a few seconds after turning it on, there are several things you can do to fix the problem:

  • Check that the dust bin is in the device
  • Check that the robot is fully charged
  • Clean the wheels of the robot vacuum cleaner
  • Test the battery of the robot vacuum cleaner

If the robot vacuum cleaner starts but stops during cleaning, you will also need:

  • Clean your robot vacuum
  • Test the vacuum motor.

Robot vacuum cleaners are fantastic for hands-free, efficient house cleaning. However, like any electronic device, they can occasionally run into problems. One such issue that users might encounter is their robot vacuum stopping after only a few seconds of operation. This can be quite frustrating, but the good news is that there are common reasons behind this, most of which can be solved with a bit of troubleshooting.

Why Does My Robot Vacuum Cleaner Stop After a Few Seconds?

1. Battery Issues

The most common cause of a robot vacuum stopping prematurely is battery problems. If the battery is not fully charged or if it is deteriorating, it may not have enough power to keep the device running. When you notice the issue, try charging your robot vacuum fully and see if the problem persists.

Remember, after a few years of use, the battery of a robot vacuum may start to degrade. If the battery is not holding a charge as it should, you may need to replace it.

2. Overheating

Like any device with a motor, robot vacuums can overheat if they are overworked or if their ventilation is blocked. If your robot vacuum runs for a few seconds and then stops, it may be because it’s overheating and shutting down to protect its internal components. Check the vents and clean them to ensure proper airflow. Also, let the vacuum rest for a while before trying to run it again.

3. Sensor or Software Issues

Robot vacuums rely on a combination of sensors and software to navigate around your home. If there’s a glitch in the system, it may cause the vacuum to stop after a few seconds. Dust or debris can block sensors, causing the vacuum to think it’s reached an obstacle and stop. Clean the sensors with a soft, dry cloth.

A software glitch can also cause abrupt stopping. In this case, try resetting the vacuum or updating its software (if updates are available).

4. Dust Bin or Filter Issues

Most robot vacuums are designed to stop operating when their dust bin is full or if the filter is clogged. This is to prevent damage to the motor or other components. If your vacuum stops after a few seconds, check to see if the dust bin needs to be emptied or if the filter needs cleaning or replacing.

5. Stuck Wheels or Brushes

If wheels or brushes get stuck due to tangled hair or trapped debris, the robot vacuum might stop. Check the brushes and wheels for any obstructions, and clean them as necessary.

Why Does My Robot Vacuum Cleaner Stop After a Few Seconds?


The suction motor is the component that controls the suction of your device and the rotation of the center brush. If it fails, your robot vacuum will not vacuum or not at all.

To access the vacuum motor:

  • Turn the device over and locate the vacuum cleaner motor. It is usually located near the air intake. On this model, it is located next to the central brush.
  • To remove the center brush, press the plastic parts to remove the cover.
  • Then unscrew the screws holding the center brush support. Now you can remove it by pulling on it.

Do not remove the motor completely as it is connected to wiring that could be damaged. To test a vacuum motor with a multimeter:

  • Set your multimeter to continuous mode, represented by the sound wave icon, or if you don’t have this icon, set it to the lowest value of ohmmeter mode (ohms).
  • Place the probes of your multimeter on the two metal contacts of the vacuum motor.
  • You should see a value close to 0 or hear a high pitched sound. If your multimeter reads “1” or OL, then no current is flowing and your vacuum motor is not working.

In conclusion, if your robot vacuum stops working after a few seconds, these are some of the most common issues to look for. While it’s possible to fix many problems on your own, remember that serious issues, especially those related to the device’s motor or mainboard, may require professional service. Always refer to your device’s manual for troubleshooting and maintenance advice specific to your model.