The Shark Robot obstruction problem can be frustrating. With this error, the Shark Robot keeps saying check for obstruction.
This error gets frustrating when you cannot see any obstruction. Most users of the robot have complained that the error seems to occur without a cause.
On the contrary, there are specific causes of this problem and we are here to help you fix them.
The check for obstruction error occurs when either the dirt container or the roller brush is clogged. These parts of the robot are quite sensitive and any type of dirt could lead to malfunction.
If the bin is clogged, you have to dispose of all the dirt. The same goes for the roller brush which must be cleaned to resolve the problem.
To resolve all the errors that cause this problem keep on reading.
Causes of Error #2 on Shark Robots
The check for obstruction problem commonly known as error #2, is caused by a few things.
In most cases, if your robot says that there is an obstruction it actually is. The only problem could be that you cannot track where the obstruction has happened.
The main causes that need to be fixed are as follows:
- The side wheels of the robot are clogged and the robot is unable to move.
- The roller brush has been obstructed by dirt such as strings or hair and should be unclogged.
- The robot wheels could be broken and need to be replaced
- The device could have suffered a technical glitch
- Wifi problems could result in this error sometimes
Note: To be able to fix those problems, you will either have to clean your robot or replace the necessary parts.
Solutions to Shark Robot Keeps Saying Check for Obstruction
The shark robot vacuum says obstruction is a device error that can be solved by taking the right steps.
Nonetheless, some of the solutions provided here are technical.
Do not embark on carrying out a fix you may not complete.
It is recommended to carry out a diagnosis first. If you find the problem, consider your ability to solve it before jumping to action.
Try these fixes before you move to advanced options
- Try removing the main roller brush and cleaning it well then try running the robot again.
- If this does not work, carefully observe the brush for any physical damage.
- Make sure you install the brush in an appropriate manner so that it does not get stuck.
- Observe the robot wheels to see if they are entangled in any dirt that could affect movement
If all these options do not help resolve the problem, you will have to move on and try the advanced fixes.
Solution #1: Deep Clean Dirt From the Roller Brush
The roller brush should be your first target if an error occurs. The obstruction error occurs when the dirt is either affecting the movement of the robot or blocks the vacuum system.
In other words, your robot may be either unable to move or suck in the dirt.
The roller brush is responsible for scrubbing the floors and picking dirt. In most cases, the brush can be affected due to the nature of its work.
If it picks a string or something similar, it could get tangled and struggle to move. If this is the situation, expect your robot to display Error 2.
You can simply resolve this problem by performing deep cleaning on the brush. For this purpose, we are actually going to have to remove the brush from the robot.
How to deep clean your roller brush
- Using Universal Screwdriver, unscrew your brush from the roller
- Lift the brush roll out of its position for effective all-around cleaning
- Clean any dirt on the inside area and remove any hair and strings tangled on your brush.
- Try to manually spin the gear module to ensure that it is working, if it is stuck apply some grease.
- Once you are sure that the brush and its roller are clean, fix it back to the appropriate position
You can go ahead and try the root to see if it works but for effective results, always reboot after such a fix.
Rebooting updates the system to clear out the recorded error so that you can use the robot without a problem.
Tip: If the error still occurs, your robot could be suffering from a problem of broken parts.
Just ensure that you have also cleaned the side brush to avoid any doubts.
Solution #2: Replace Roller Brush Accessories
If the efforts above to clean your roller brush have not yielded fruits, your next step should be checking for any broken parts. In most cases just cleaning your brush should be enough.
However, the situation could persist if you are suffering from broken parts.
In this step, we are going to inspect the roller brush, side brush, and robot wheels. Y
ou should only undertake this complex process if you are sure of what you are doing.
How to inspect and replace broken parts
- Turn your Robot Upside down and unscrew the brush off
- Inspect the brush for any Physical Damages
- Inspect the Side Brush keenly for any physical damage
- If the brushes are okay, inspect the Wheels for any physical damage and try moving them
- If you find any part to be broken, source for replacement parts online
- Replace the broken part
Tip: If any of your robot parts is broken you can simply check for replacement accessories on Amazon.
However, you do not have to handle the task yourself. Find an experienced repairman to help you replace any broken parts.
Solution #3: Restart Your System
If you have tried cleaning your robot but the problem seems to persist, you should restart it.
Rebooting your system may clear a technical glitch that is causing the error.
In many instances, you might be trying to resolve the problem, when the error is due to a technical glitch.
Restarting the system is the best way to solve all software-caused bugs. The Shark robot uses an operating system that can get affected by bugs.
Here are the steps to restart your Shark robot.
- Find the Power button on the rear side of the robot
- Press to Switch Off the robot
- Wait for about 15 Seconds and turn on the robot again
- Give your robot some time to turn on and connect to Wifi
Solution #4 Disconnect From Wifi and Connect Again
There are situations when this error is caused by Wifi issues. If your robot has been experiencing an obstruction problem, it may still fail to work even after fixing the problem.
This occurs when the Wifi signal is too poor. In this case, you need to either enhance Wifi signal or switch to a totally different Wifi.
How to fix Wifi problems on Shark robot
- Try disconnecting your router from the Power source and connecting it again.
- Synchronize your robot and app and try running
- If this does not solve the problem, disconnect your Robot from the app.
- Turn off the robot by pressing the Power Button to Off
- Turn back the robot after 15 seconds
- Connect your phone to wifi and search for the robot
- Select your robot to synchronize and try running it
Tip: It is recommended to try using stronger Wifi if you think that the problem could be caused by a poor signal.
The problem where the Shark robot keeps saying check for obstruction is caused by debris clogging a part of the device. In some instances, it could be caused by broken parts.
Whichever the case, you can easily solve this problem by cleaning your collection container and roller brush.
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