If your home is running on the Nest Thermostat you have probably heard about the recent issues and may be living in fear of the dreaded technology glitch that is causing many Nest users to lose heat in the dead of winter.
But fear not!
For additional information, go to Nest Support page. For a more basic summary, keep on reading:
Nest Thermostats that were recently updated to software version 5.1.3 or later may have some problems, including becoming unresponsive, not effectively charging the battery, or going down completely. Nest recommends recharging and restarting your thermostat to rectify the glitch and get it up and working again.
Symptoms of this problem include the following:
- the thermostat being down on the Nest App and disconnected from Wi-Fi
- the thermostat tells you the battery is low and it needs to shut itself down
- the thermostat’s animated properties are slower than usual
- the thermostat shows an alert that says, “Please remove the thermostat from its base, then reattach it;”
- the thermostat’s display is dark and unresponsive (you may also observe a blinking red or green light above the display)
- the thermostat can’t control the corresponding heating and cooling system(s)
If your Nest Thermostat is on but you can’t control it or it’s slow, try manually restarting it and turn the thermostat off and then back on again. If your Nest Thermostat is off and won’t turn on, take the thermostat off the base and charge it using a a USB charger plugged into the wall or a computer.
ATTENTION: Do not try to restart your thermostat while it’s still connected to a computer for charging. (They didn’t explain why, but if they say don’t do it, DO NOT DO IT.)
After around 10 minutes of charging, unhook the Nest Thermostat from the USB cord. If the component has turned on during this time, shut it down and then turn it back on again, manually restarting the thermostat. Once it has completely restarted, plug it back in to finish charging. After an hour of charging, unhook the Nest Thermostat and reattach it to its base.
You should be good to go and this point, but again, for more detailed instructions and information, please visit Nest Support.
If you have attempted both of these processes and the Nest Thermostat is still giving you trouble, you will need to bring in some experts. Enter us! If Bob Brown Service Experts set up your Nest Thermostat, please give us a call at 623-243-4517 or schedule an appointment online.
Finally, do not let this incident worry you about your Nest’s reliability. By owning and properly operating Nest, your thermostat is actually saving money for you all hours of the day. When set it up correctly, Nest intelligently learns your lifestyle, then modifies your heating and cooling use to optimize energy savings constantly, which typically results in payback within a year. And, Nest is still one of the only thermostats under $300 on the market that does this. So don’t let one problem get you down. You were smart to invest in a Nest, because a smart thermostat is still one of the leading investments in your home that you can make.