Is your Amazon thermostat schedule not working properly and setting the wrong temperatures?
We have the answers for you in this guide!
Is it possible that artificial intelligence is taking over your home?
It’s highly improbable, but what’s likely is that there is something wrong with your current settings that you can’t put your finger around just yet.
We’re here to help you out.
To fix your Amazon Thermostat not following your set schedule, you want to make sure that the schedules and routines don’t contradict each other. Delete them and configure them, so your thermostat only follows one set of rules. Check your timezone if it’s set correctly, as it can mess up the start times of your settings.
Now that you have a better understanding of the issue, we can identify the primary causes of this issue before attempting to fix it.
If your Amazon Smart Thermostat cools and heats up at odd hours, there is likely something wrong with its schedule and routine configurations.
It’s mostly going to be a software thing, so we will look closely at the Alexa app and the settings you saved there.
Here are the culprits that you’re going to encounter when your thermostat does not follow the schedule:
1. Software Issue
Your Amazon Smart Thermostat relies on the Alexa app to run properly. Minor glitches can affect how it performs and can mess up your schedules.
2. Contradicting Settings
There are multiple ways to set up a schedule on the Alexa app. There are schedules, routines, and hunches that can have settings that contradict each other.
3. Using the Wrong Time zone
Setting the wrong time zone can disrupt your thermostat schedule. Depending on your app’s time zone, it can be offset for a few hours.
4. Alexa Learning Issue
Alexa can learn how you use your thermostats. It’s an excellent feature, but there’s a likelihood that it can automatically change your temperatures at weird times.
We can now proceed to the complete fix guide, so you resolve this issue as soon as possible!
Before you touch any of the settings on your Amazon Smart Thermostat, it’s essential that you try restarting it.
If the issue is temporary, a reboot should get rid of it as soon as your device powers up. It should save you a lot of time since you don’t have to go through the rest of the steps.
However, if your thermostat fails to follow your set schedules or routines, you’ll have to perform some tests to figure out the cause so you can resolve it.
Once your thermostat starts mixing the schedule up, it can get confusing to track it.
The quickest way for you to determine where your schedule messes up is by changing the temperature manually.
This will cause your thermostat to place a temporary hold on the schedule. It will kick back in when it reaches the next temperature change point.
Here’s how to adjust your temperatures manually:
- Open the Alexa app on your phone.
- Go to Devices, then Thermostat.
- Select the thermostat you want to control.
- Change the temperature using the dial.
- Wait for your thermostat to change temperatures.
Note: Doing this will allow you to track whether your thermostat is following the schedule, routine, or with Hunches to change it.
Another reason why your thermostat does not follow your schedule is when your time zone is wrong on the Alexa app.
You’ll know that you have the wrong time zone set when there is a time offset when your schedules activate.
Here’s how to set your time zone correctly:
- Open the Alexa app on your mobile device.
- Click on Settings, then Thermostat.
- Select your active thermostat.
- Go to General, then Time Zone.
- Select the Country and Time Zone you’re in.
Tip: You will need to do this to all your thermostat and Alexa devices to be in sync.
A quick fix that does not require you to redo all your schedules is checking that the pre-warm and cooling functions are switched on.
If you have set straightforward schedules, you can check this as this can make the difference between your thermostat following your settings.
Here’s how to turn on pre-warm and cooling:
- On the Alexa app on your phone, go to Devices.
- Tap on Thermostats, and select the one you want to change.
- Go to Setting, then Thermostat Schedule.
- Switch the Pre-warm/Cool option to ON.
- Select the Use thermostat schedule switch to confirm the changes.
Note: Turning this setting on maintains your temperatures at comfortable levels even if it cools down or heats up outside.
Alexa Routines are the settings that can cause some confusion with your thermostat.
The good news is that you can clear these up quickly and set them up again for a fresh start.
Here’s how to delete your Alexa Routines:
- Open your Alexa app and select Routines from the bottom menu.
- Tap the routine you want to remove.
- Select the three dots on the upper right, then click on Delete.
- Set them up again by selecting the Plus (+) icon.
Pro Tip: We recommend removing all of your routines to avoid any contradicting settings that can confuse your thermostat.
Alexa Hunches is a feature that performs tasks automatically based on your previous behavior. Alexa remembers all these and can adjust your temperature based on your previous settings.
It learns what you do and tries to follow it. It’s definitely an excellent feature, but it can also go against your routines and settings.
If it’s turned on and your thermostat settings go haywire, we recommend switching it off to see if it’s the cause of the issue.
Here’s how to disable Alexa Hunches for your thermostat:
- Open the Alexa app on your mobile device.
- Select More on the bottom menu.
- Go to Settings, then Hunches.
- Tap the gear icon on the upper right, then choose Thermostats.
- Toggle the Automatic Actions to the OFF position.
Tip: If you’ve set up multiple automatic actions, you will need to disable them.
Alert: Alexa Hunches is turned on by default, so you will need to check and disable it.
One of the ways to ensure that your thermostat follows your temperature schedule is to reset it.
You will then need to reprogram your temperature schedules to run on new settings.
Here’s how to reset your Amazon Thermostat:
- On the thermostat, press the Temperature Up and Down buttons.
- Press the Mode button.
- Hold the 3 buttons for 10 seconds.
- Wait for rEs to display on the screen.
- Press and hold the Mode button to restart the device.
Tip: After you complete the reset process, you must reprogram your thermostat’s temperature schedule.
If your thermostat continues to act weird and still refuses to follow your new schedules and routines, contact Amazon customer support for additional assistance.
You might also need to get a professional to check if your hardware is set up properly.
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Now that you know why your Amazon thermostat schedule not working and the steps to fix it, you can start working on it right away.
Since it’s more of a software issue, you should be able to get it working again even if you have no technical experience or expertise.
Finn Wheatley holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from UCL, London. He helped small data science consultancy firms, helping large corporations to grow their data capabilities, deploy advanced machine learning-based analytics and troubleshoot tech-related issues. Check out more about him here.