How To Fix nest Thermostat y1 wire error?

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The Nest thermostat is a very versatile device. It can be used both for heating and cooling. Certain components on the thermostat cater to the heating aspect and some others cater to the cooling aspect only.

There are some error codes on the thermostat that show up when specific components of the thermostat fail to function.

The Y wire which is exclusively used for the cooling function on the Nest thermostat does not work sometimes and this is the error we need to discuss here.

It can be difficult to understand how to fix the Nest thermostat Y1 wire error. This is because of the lack of complete information on the issue.

No worries now, however, as we will explain the issue as well as the solutions for it in the next section.


How to fix the Nest thermostat Y1 wire error?


The Y1 wire as we have discussed is very important for the cooling functions of the Nest thermostat.

You might not even notice any issues with the wire if you are only using the thermostat for the heating functions but as soon as you turn on the cooling, you will notice the trouble.

Here are the solutions that will help you fix the issues with the Y1 wire on the Nest thermostat.

Fix 1: Reconnect the wire

It is possible that when the wire was first connected, it was not properly inserted. Therefore, the thermostat is not detecting the wire.

In this scenario, you will need to reconnect the wire to the thermostat. Here is how you can go through this in easy steps.

  • Power off the thermostat for extended safety on the device. Do not try to open the thermostat machinery while the power is on.
  • Take off the display of the thermostat to reveal the wiring underneath.
  • Check the Y1 wire by pulling it out.
  • Make sure that the wire has an exposed area of ⅓ to ½ inches. This exposed area of the wire should also be straight and long.
  • If you find that the ends of the wire are corroded, cut the wire to reveal the end that is suitable for connection.
  • Now insert the wire again into the designated place.
  • Check the connector button on the wire. If it stays down, you have done the right job on the connection.
  • Now push the display back on and wait to hear a click. When you hear a click, this means that the machine is connected.
  • Turn on the power and check if your issue with the Y1 wire is resolved.

Fix 2: Check the compatibility of the wire that you are using

You cannot use any random wire for the connection on the thermostat. There are certain regulations that you need to follow so that the thermostat can identify the wiring and move accordingly.

Check if the wire is solid-core copper. If you are using standard wires, unfortunately, the thermostat will not detect them. Replace the standard wires with solid-core copper wires to solve the issue.

If you do not understand much about wiring, it is a good idea to contact a professional to replace the wiring on the system.


Fix 3: The wires are smaller than required

There is a certain length that the wire needs to be at for the circuit to get completed. If the wire is too small, it might not reach one end of the circuit no matter how cleanly you connect it to the other end.

The thickness of the wire also plays a part. Make sure that the wires that you are using are above 22 gauge. If it is any thinner, the thermostat might refuse to detect it.


Fix 4: The wire is not configured into the system

The Nest thermostat works on digital controls and there are many components that need to be configured into the system to make sure that the thermostat is detecting them.

If the Y1 wire is not configured, it will not be detected by the system. 

To check if the Y1 wire is configured, open the equipment menu on the thermostat. The orange wires will signify the ones that are unconfigured and the blue ones signify configured ones.

Here is how you can configure the Y1 wire into the system.

  • Make sure that the wire is the correct length, thickness, and material.
  • Reset the thermostat by clicking on Settings and then Factory reset. This will erase the preferences made earlier and you will be able to set it up from scratch.
  • Launch the Home app.
  • Click on ADD+
  • Click on Setup a Nest Product
  • Now setup will initiate 
  • Configure all the wires into the system including the Y1 wire and set new preferences for the thermostat.

Fix 5: Contact the support team or an experienced technician

If none of these solutions help you with the issues related to the Y1 wire on your system, you will need to contact the support team to give you a better insight into the issue.

Also, for the issues that need you to replace the wiring, it will be better if you ask for an experienced technician’s help. This will prevent any mishaps on the electrical front with the thermostat.


To conclude


The issue with the Y1 wire on the Nest thermostat mostly shows up when you try the cooling function on the device.

We have mentioned different ways to deal with the issue on the Y1 wire. Hopefully, you were able to solve the issue on your own without having to call the support team.

Keep following for more technical advice. 


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Falguni Rana is a technology writer who has expertise in software and hardware troubleshooting. He publishes how-to and troubleshooting guides for different apps, websites, games, and consumer hardware products.