Anyone with a GoControl thermostat GC-TBZ48L Zwave plus have issues with battery life? I purchased it on Ebay and after 2 weeks, without any warning, I woke up to a freezing house. I heard a clicking and realized it was coming from the thermostat, no temp reading just the backlit screen would come off and on and a clicking. I decided to check the batteries and sure enough, they needed replacing. I replaced the batteries and the thermostat started working again.
I have Device Watchdog installed and yesterday it was still showing 100% and in fact, I had even gone in Devices yesterday and that too showed 100% and throughout the 2 weeks, The device page on Hubitat NOR the thermostat showed anything but 100%. I'm using the driver native to Hubitat and wonder if that does not show a correct depiction of battery usage or was it just a bum thermostat. I also do NOT have a common wire so I can't rely on the electric from my furnace and need to use the batteries. The GoControl website states the batteries should last approximately 2 YEARS.
The previous week I had contacted the Ebay seller to see if he had an extra faceplate because the one sent was really scratched. He was kind enough to send a COMPLETE thermostat not just the faceplate. This time the thermostat had a factory plastic film over the backlight screen so I'm thinking this one was never used and was just an open boxed item.
I just replaced the first thermostat with the 2nd that was sent me and I did a z wave exclusion of the old thermostat. I'll have to wait a few weeks to see if there is any difference. ALSO previously I had a wifi Emerson thermostat which has a safeguard if the batteries died. Does this Gocontrol have any such safeguard?
Anyone have any ideas or any experience with using batteries and the life span they are getting with these thermostats? Much appreciated