[Comprehensive Guide] How To Fix The Error 5 Roomba?

Do you have a charging error 5 Roomba?

Don’t be concerned. Many Roomba owners go through the same rough patch. And they all have the same question…

“How can I resolve Roomba charging error 5?”

Keep reading this article to find out how you can easily get rid of this error.

Why Does This Error Occur?

  • Because the docks or terminals of the battery are clogged with carbon or dust, your Roomba keeps reporting charging error 5.
  • It can also happen if your charging cable is faulty or your Roomba’s battery needs to be replaced.

Possible Fixes Of This Error

1. Clean Battery Dock

This is the most common cause of charging error 5 on your Roomba. Every day, gunk and dirt accumulate on your Roomba’s charging points. Charging points are small metal strips that allow you to charge your Roomba.
Electricity will not flow properly if these points are too dirty.

This is why you should maintain and clean your Roomba on a daily basis.

Cleaning the contacts on the battery and the dock terminals is simple. And it only takes a few minutes.

  • Remove the screws from the Roomba’s bottom section.
  • Take off the bottom cover.
  • Examine if the cables and terminals broke or have damage.
  • Check that the yellow battery tag has been properly removed (for the new battery).
  • Wipe the dock connectors and battery terminals with a magic eraser.
  • After that, replace the battery with the iRobot logo facing up.
  • Replace the bottom cover and tighten the screws.
  • Clean the charging port of the Roomba as well.
  • Check to see if Roomba charging error 5 has been resolved.

2. Replace Charging Cables

“I cleaned my Roomba, but the problem persists!” “I’m becoming irritated.”

Relax. Consider this before tossing out your cleaning buddy:

  • A Roomba, like any other smart device, requires a proper working charger.
  • Your Roomba will not charge if the cable connecting it to the Home Base is faulty.
  • It also doesn’t matter if you connect the charging cable directly to the vacuum.
  • It’s still not going to work.
  • So, why not try to replace the charging power cord on the Roomba?

3. Reboot

Of course, the traditional reboot solution has a place on this list. After a crash, most electronics only require a reboot. You can also try this to resolve your Roomba’s charging error 5. It’s one of the most simple solutions. After a reboot, most devices usually work again. This is also the solution if your Roomba’s software fails.

For Roombas equipped with the CLEAN button:

  • Hold down the “CLEAN” button for 20 seconds.
  • Remove the button.
  • Wait for the white light ring to swirl in a clockwise direction.
  • When the ring light goes out, the reset is complete.

For Roomba I and J series:

  • Hold down the “CLEAN” button for 20 seconds (I series robots).
  • For 10 seconds, hold and press the “CLEAN” button (J series robots).
  • Wait for the white light ring to swirl in a clockwise direction.
  • Finally, wait for your Roomba to restart.

For Roomba 600 series:

  • Remove the robot’s garbage can.
  • Underneath, look for a green dot.
  • After that, remove your Roomba’s battery. Please see this comprehensive guide.
  • Removing the battery will cause your robot to restart.

4. Replace Battery

There are warning signs that your battery needs to be replaced.

Among them are:

  • Your Roomba is getting old.
  • The battery is not charging.
  • Its power indicator light is broken.
  • Despite cleaning the bot, performance has decreased.
  • The battery in your Roomba has a shorter run time.
  • Resetting Roomba does not improve its performance.

Also read:- [5 Fixes To resolve] How To Fix The Roomba Error 15?


If none of the other solutions work, a hard reset is your last option.

Attention: A hard reset is irreversible. It will return your Roomba to its original settings.

This action erases your Roomba’s memory, settings, and preferences. The good news is that you can always restart your Roomba’s learning process after a hard reset.

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