Last night, I noticed that my tried-and-true “Lights Out” routine would not run, no matter how many times I asked Alexa to “Turn it on” or pressed the assigned button my my handheld remote.
So I went to Vera and examined my setup:
- The virtual switch was in the “ON” position (correct)
- The Reactor sensor containing “Lights Out” had no yellow triangle (correct)
- In Conditions, the intended trigger was TRUE (virtual switch = ON) (correct)
- In Activities, some of the “OFF” fields were empty (PROBLEM)
In fact, of the six [Device Action]'s in the .TRUE group, two or three of them were showing:
[Device Action] [Dining Room Light] [Turn On or Off] [CLICK FOR PREDEFINED VALUES] in yellow
I corrected them, saved the Reactor sensor, and all was well.
But why would a routine drop these values when it hasn’t been edited in many days and has been working fine otherwise? The only change to Reactor in the intervening 4 days that might have touched that routine were the 2-3 times I clicked Tools > Update Device Information Database.
Do those periodic updates run any risk of upsetting established values?
P.S. Had I not inspected the routine, I would have had no idea it was refusing to run. This makes me wanna go check ALL my routines, just in case.