I just bought a home with a three-zone radiant heat system controlled by Nest thermostats. There's only two wires (red and white) going to each thermostat. This works, but is problematic — in the past two days, I've had to charge two of the three thermostats via USB in order to get them back on the wifi. It's going to be a long winter if I have to keep doing that!
It looks like the wires straight drops through the wall to the basement, so pulling a new one shouldn't be hard. I'm worried about where to hook it up, though. I found this article from Ecobee support: Taco SR503-4 Three Zone Switching Relay which.. is not encouraging. It suggests that I need a separate transformer and then should control the actual switch with an isolation relay.
But with the power requirements of one or more ecobee3 thermostats this transformer will be insufficient in capacity. As a result another external transformer will be needed to power the thermostats and an isolation relay per zone to connect to the R & W terminals of each zone.
However, I found this newer diagram directly from Taco, which has a common terminal clearly marked (where the old one just says "24 VAC Power"). And it doesn't have any warnings about capacity. So........
Maybe this was a problem with older SR503s but not newer ones? If so, how do I tell?
Is this a problem particular to Ecobee? Will I be okay with Nest?
Currently these are gen 1 and gen 2 Nest thermostats. If the current ones okay, might future ones not be?
Anything else I need to be aware of?