Your thermostat should be your source of convenience, but what if your Ecobee keeps rebooting? The functionalities that are meant to be enjoyed by you and delivered by your thermostat will definitely get interrupted. On the other hand, this constant turning ON and turning OFF thing will make you annoy in the worst possible way.
I myself experienced this issue 2 weeks ago. With my pending work and deadlines dates, I seriously got frustrated. But then I came to know about all the possible reasons which caused this issue for me. To spare your time, I would like to share them with you so you don’t have to worry about this trouble anymore.
WHY IS MY ECOBEE THERMOSTAT REBOOTING?
One important factor that you need to know is that your thermostat requires a power of 24V. If it isn’t receiving this amount of power then surely you will witness Ecobee thermostat restarting error.
But this is not the only issue, there are other reasons as well for the occurrence of this error. We will guide you through this whole process like we did before when you wanted to register your Ecobee thermostat and wanted to connect it to Apple HomeKit.
ECOBEE THERMOSTAT KEEPS REBOOTING – WHAT ARE THE REASONS?
As explained earlier, we know that the Ecobee thermostat needs a 24VAC supply in order to operate correctly. However, if this power is cut down then of course the thermostat will not work properly. The main wires which are involved in this issue are R wire and C wire. There are other wiring problems as well which could make your thermostat to keep going on resetting mode.
The wires of your thermostat might not be connected to their respective terminals tightly. This lose wiring causes a power fluctuation and as a result your thermostat will keep rebooting.
IMPROPER SPLICED WIRES:
If you get across wires which are spliced improperly then this has to be concerning for you. Reason being, these type of wires can become a cause of fire hazard.
Presence of corroded wires is also one of the reasons for why your thermostat keeps rebooting without giving any warning first.
FURNACE GETTING OVERHEATED:
Another reason for this issue is your thermostat’s furnace getting overheated. There is a special mechanism within your furnace which helps a lot when the internal temperature reaches its set limit. When this happens, the furnace starts getting overheated. To prevent future damages, the HVAC system automatically cuts its power to the thermostat resulting in its rebooting. However, the connection is restored once the furnace cools down.
TRIPPED FLOAT SWITCH:
Float switch is another cool thing present in your thermostat. Basically, the furnace contains a float switch which is found near drain pan. If the pan get filled with water then the float switch will trip to prevent flooding. This tripping of float switch will also cut down power to your thermostat and it will turn OFF eventually.
HVAC UNIT SERVICING REQUIREMENT:
Sometimes, there isn’t any technical issue to deal with. However, it is your HVAC unit that is demanding cleaning from you. Presence of dirty/filthy internal components will result in Ecobee restart phase.
WHY DOES MY ECOBEE KEEP RESTARTING? – FIXES EXPLAINED!
After discussing all the possible reasons for the occurrence of Ecobee rebooting error, now is the time to discuss its fixes.
LOSE WIRING – EASY FIX:
If you witness some wires to be lose then the only solution of this problem is to tightly connect it into the terminals. First disconnect the wires and then reconnect them into the respective terminals. To gain surety check the tab next to the terminal, if it is fully pressed then it means the wire has been inserted correctly.
IMPROPER SPLICED WIRES – EASY FIX:
The only possible solution for spliced wires is replacement. Make sure you get these wires replaced as soon as possible because they could cause a fire hazard if not replaced on time. Hire a technician to get this job done.
CORRODED WIRES – EASY FIX:
To clean the corroded wires, first detach them from their terminals. Then clean the corroded area using a wire brush. If you still don’t see the desired results then prepare a mixture of baking soda and warm water. Use this mixture to clean the wires carefully.
FURNACE GETTING OVERHEATED – EASY FIX:
If you experience Ecobee restarting when heat turns on issue then this might be due to the furnace being overheated. This usually happens in cold weather conditions when your furnace does work more than its capacity to keep up with the set temperature. Make sure to use your thermostat properly to avoid facing Ecobee overheating issue.
TRIPPED FLOAT SWITCH – EASY FIX:
The float switch within your furnace gets tripped when the drain pan gets overfilled with water. The solution to this problem is to empty the water from the pan and then trip the float switch manually. Wait for some time and check whether the thermostat got turned ON or not.
HVAC UNIT SERVICING REQUIREMENT – EASY FIX:
If you are still facing Ecobee resetting error then it is time to look at the HVAC unit. Different parts of this unit might be dirty or need a replacement so make sure you check each and every one of it properly.
Firstly, check the air filters. If they are dirty or clogged with dirt then make sure to clean them properly. However, if their usage duration has exceeded then it is time to get them replaced as soon as possible.
Secondly, check the inside of your furnace. Hire a technician to get the internal parts of your furnace cleaned to prevent overheating and other similar causes.
Lastly, check the drain pan and drain pipes. If the drain pan is filled with water then empty it and if drain pipes are clogged then make sure to clean them properly to avoid future inconveniences.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q – Why Does My Ecobee Keep Turning OFF?
A – Your Ecobee keep turning OFF due to the following reasons:
- Tripped float switch
- Furnace getting overheated
- Lose/faulty wiring
- HVAC unit cleaning
Q – Can An Overheated Furnace Make My Thermostat To Go Into Rebooting Stage?
A – Yes, this is possible. The HVAC unit will cut its power to the furnace once it senses that it is becoming overheated. The connection will be lost temporarily but will be restored as soon as the furnace cools down.
Q – Do I Need To Hire A Technician To Replace The Faulty Wires?
A – If you have sufficient knowledge regarding the whole wiring thing then you can do this task on your own. However, if you are not confident enough then hire a technician to get the job done.
You need to resolve this rebooting issue of your thermostat as soon as possible because without it you won’t be able to enjoy the functionalities offered by it. Also delaying in solving this issue might reduce the life of your thermostat so make sure you get this issue resolved so you don’t have to pay more in the future.