Thursday, July 14, 2011

I buy used/broken Roombas!

Don't throw away that busted Roomba! I will buy it from you. I can be contacted on Robot Reviews or at wynnyelle at yahoo dot com if you need to unload that Roomba you no longer want and want to negotiate a price. If you need proof of integrity I am also wynnyelle on Ebay, where I buy and sell these robot vacuums regularly.

I can pay by Paypal but understandably will not pay until Roomba is shipped.

Who knows? Once your roomba is safely here at "Robo-Haven" :P you may even see it featured on a blog post as "one of the gang."

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Dirt Detect Light blinking constantly - Pippy

All right, you can see the video here, from start to finish on this problem that started AFTER I cleaned the gear box out. Pippy was not doing this before, but she needed the gear box totally cleaned out and re-lubed. Which I did--took almost an hour. There was dust in the motor too, which I cleared out with canned air and tweezers.

Put her all back together and started her up, and here is the result. Dirt detect light will appear soon after starting even though the floor is actually really clean; then after a minute or so it will blink constantly while she goes about cleaning for the rest of the time.

If it's not one thing, it's another! I will keep you posted about how I fix this.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Roomba 530 WON'T TURN OFF!

{{That's our dog in the video! This thing totally threw her for a loop. She couldn't figure it out. The sentiment on it is pretty mutual...}}

So I got this little guy on Ebay and powered him up, charged fine. Then I hit clean on the dock, and nothing happens. So I already know something's wrong by now. I place the roomba out on the carpet and hit Clean again. This time the alert says, "Please check and clean Roomba's right wheel." I check it, turn it manually, set the robot back down and press Clean again. The poor roomba did/said the same thing.

So, I replaced the right wheel module with one that I knew was working from another Roomba {sorry, Ginger..} and then...the fun started.

You can see what happened in the partial video. When I turned the roomba over to remove the battery it gave a single error beep--error 1.

The screws on many of the modules as well as a few of the bumper screws are rusty. I suspect this Roomba is a victim of water damage.

I will keep everyone posted! For now..I think I'll call him Wade :P

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Awesome Roomba 550 for Sale - Ebay

Check it out :)

Roomba 550

Roomba 550 going to a good home hopefully. I always hope they go to end buyers who will give them lots of TLC and enjoy the clean floors. This one I wanted to keep--it works great and has the rubber bumper guard. I'll be sad to see this one go!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Slug - HE LIVES!

The little roomba that could. Slug, you icon of persistence and endurance. You have probably inspired thousands of robots everywhere whose LEDs have seen better days. Until the day I finally fixed you, I was never able to see what kind of a roomba you really were.

Here's a video of Slug in action!

And another picture. Here is is docked after tirelessly cleaning the room, he's next to Snowy here.

Bleh, it rotated to the side. Well, Slug is the one on the right, well, near the top of the photo here. Snowy is more bluish. That's how I tell them apart, when they aren't running. When they are running I can tell them apart because Slug can beep and Snowy can't.

To those who are curious: Both of these are roomba 530's. They're an awesome little robot available used for often under $100 if you shop around, especially on Ebay. I got both these guys under $100. Now that Slug's been fixed he's as good at cleaning as any other.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Stewie - Back in Action!

Stewie was repaired by switching his CHM in for another CHM {sorry, Slug, but you weren't working at the time!} and he's off and going! Watch this little roomba vacuum my brother's room like a pro.

The other two roomba pictured {not moving}were ones I was selling at the time and have since sold.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Amazing Aerovac!

Courtesy of my Costco 550 Roomba, dubbed "Orchid," pictured above. I have nothing but praise for this vacuum. Here at my home we have 4 cats and a dog, as well as a few humans, all dropping hair and fur all over the place. Not to mention the usual {and generally invisible} buildup of dust. While all my Roombas have changed that situation for the better, when I took Orchid out and let her loose on the living room and kitchen, I was amazed by how much hair was not only in that bin, but NOT on the brushes. There was a lot less hair on the brushes themselves, though it still did build up on the ends of the brushes. But the after-cleaning cleanup was much quicker, plus, Orchid with her amazing Aerovac bin picked up way more dirt!

Over time I hope to replace many if not most of my Roombas' bins with nifty Aerovac ones. I definitely recommend it for a home with pets! And now because no entry is complete without a Roomba video here's Orchid and Yoki cleaning the floor:

Orchid came to me as a used Roomba offloaded by an owner who just didn't want a roomba anymore. She'll never wear out her welcome here!