Tesla Seat Heater Keeps Turning On (Causes and Solutions)

Imagine you are driving your Tesla and enjoying the cold weather and then you suddenly feel that the chill weather has started vanishing.

You check everything and see that your seat heaters have been activated without any input. You turn your seat heaters and start enjoying your journey. And then the same happened. Won’t it be frustrating?

Of course, it would. You will start to worry about it because your Tesla heated seats keep turning on. The same happened to us. So we did a lot of research and found out all the possible causes and solutions for the Tesla seat heater that keeps turning on.

In this article, I am going to explain to you the causes of this issue and their solutions.

Let’s get started…

Tesla seat heater keeps turning on

There could be many reasons why Tesla seat heaters keep turning on. These reasons include software glitches, sensor malfunctioning, calibration errors in the sensors, proximity sensors, automatic heat seater, electrical issues, app glitches, firmware compatibility, environmental factors, and electrical interference.

Now I am going to explain these causes and their possible solution to avoid the problem of Tesla seat heaters keep turning on. So stay with us…

1. Automatic heat seater

Automatic seat heaters are a very convenient feature found in your Tesla. This feature is designed to provide comfort by detecting the temperature in the cabin and seats using sensors and turning the seat heaters on when needed. This feature is a cause for this inconvenience.

Solution

Turning off the automatic seat heaters is the best solution. When the automatic seat heaters will be turned off, the sensors will not measure the temperature and will not turn on the seat heaters.

Follow these steps to turn off the automatic seat heaters,

  • Tap the Tesla “T” icon on the touchscreen to access the main menu.
  • Select the “Climate” option.
  • Tap the seat heater icon to turn off the heat seaters.
  • Repeat it for all the seats.
  • This will turn off the automatic seat heaters.

2. Tesla software glitches

Glitches in software are a major reason for its malfunction. When the Tesla software gets glitches it also starts performing unexpected functions like on the seat heaters.

There could be many reasons why Tesla software can get glitches. These reasons include outdated software, incomplete software installation cache data, and tired party apps or device interference.

Solution

1. The first thing you should do is check and update the Tesla software if available.

 To check and update Tesla software follow these steps,

  • Ensure that your Tesla vehicle is connected to a stable network.
  • Tap on the “Controls” icon on the screen.
  • Select “Software” from the menu.
  • Look for the “Software Update” button to check for available updates.
  • Click on “Install Now“.

2. Third-party apps and devices are also the reason Tesla software getting glitches. Removing these third-party applications or disconnecting the third-party devices can also fix the problem. Disconnect any third-party drive or uninstall apps that might be causing interference.

3.    A soft reset can also be a good solution for Tesla heaters that keep turning on due to software glitches.

Follow these steps to perform a soft reset; 

  • Ensure that you are seated in the driver’s seat and the vehicle is parked.
  • Press and hold the two scroll wheels buttons.
  • Hold the buttons until the touchscreen turns off and the Tesla logo appears.
  • Now release the buttons and wait for the touch screen to reboot.

4.    If the software set does not remove the clutches and solve the problem, a hard reset is the last thing you can do.

Follow these steps to perform a hard reset;

  • Ensure that your Tesla is parked, and the vehicle is turned off.
  • Open the front trunk and locate the 12V battery.
  • Disconnect the Negative Terminal from the battery.
  • Leave the negative terminal disconnected for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Reconnect the Negative Terminal and Turn on your Tesla.

3. Sensors malfunctioning

The malfunctioning of sensors of Tesla is a primary cause that leads to false positives and causes the seat heaters to malfunction. There are many factors that cause malfunctioning of sensors like dirt and debris accumulation, wear and tear, or electrical failures.

Solution

  1. The first thing you should do is clean all the sensors that involve in detecting the temperature and activating the seat heaters.
  2. If cleaning doesn’t help, you may need professional assistance to diagnose the problem and fix it. For this purpose visit the nearest dealership or contact Tesla support service. Professional mechanics will help you in fixing the sensors.

4. Calibration errors in the sensors

This problem can also be related to the calibration errors in the sensors. Calibration errors in the sensors can produce false positives which leads to issues like this.

Solution

Recalibrating the sensors of your Tesla is the solution to fix the problem caused due to calibration errors.

You can recalibrate the sensors by the following methods;

  • Restart the vehicle.
  • Clean the sensors.
  • Perform a system reset.

5. Proximity sensor

Tesla uses proximity sensors to detect the presence of someone and adjust the seats accordingly. Malfunctioning proximity sensors can mistakenly register the presence of a passenger, leading to the seat heater activating automatically.

Solution

  1. Ensure that the sensors are clean and there is no dust and debris accumulated on the sensor.
  2. If sensors are clean you need professional help. Visit the nearest dealership or contact Tesla customer support. Expert mechanics will check them and will fix them.

6. Electrical issues

Electrical problems within the seat heating system can also lead to the seat heater turning on unexpectedly. Loose connections, damaged wiring, or faulty relays can trigger an electrical malfunction which can cause problems like this.

Solution 

Inspect your vehicle from the nearest car dealership or contact Tesla customer support. They will inspect the vehicle and will fix the electrical issue.

7. App glitches

The Tesla app could also be the reason why the Tesla is facing this problem. Because you can use the through the Tesla app on your smartphone.

The app can get bugs and glitches due to glitches and bugs in your smartphone. The other reasons for these glitches could be outdated versions of the app and cache storage.

Solution

  1. Sometimes due to glitches in your smartphone, the app can also get temporary glitches that can be fixed when you log out and again login to the app. So you must try logging out and logging back in. Wait for 5 – 10 seconds before logging in again.
  2. Restarting the phone can also remove the temporary glitches and bugs from the phone and apps. So restart your phone once.
  3. The glitches and bugs enter in cache storage and when the app runs, they run with it. So clearing the cache storage of the app is also a good solution.
  4. The outdated app could also be the reason for such glitches and bugs. So updating the Tesla app can solve the problem.
    • To update the app follow these steps;
    • Go to “Apple Store” or “Play Store”.
    • Search “Tesla” or “Tesla mobile app”.
    • Now update it.
  5. Re-installing the Tesla app is also a solution that can fix the problem of Tesla seat heaters keeps turning on due to glitches and bugs in the app.

Follow these steps to reinstall the app;

  • Delete the app first.
  • Go to “Apple Store” or “Play Store”.
  • Search “Tesla” or “Tesla mobile app”.
  • Now download and install it.

8. Firmware compatibility

Incompatibility between different firmware (software and hardware) versions within the vehicle’s systems can cause unexpected behavior like this.

Solution

Perform a full system update. This helps ensure that all software components are compatible and working properly.

Follow these steps to update the firmware.

  • Ensure that your Tesla vehicle is connected to a stable network.
  • Tap on the “Controls” icon on the screen.
  • Select “Software” from the menu.
  • Look for the “Software Update” button to check for available updates.
  • Click on “Install Now“.

9. Component Wear and Tear

With the passage of time, components such as seat heater switches or buttons may wear out due to regular driving, causing them to become sensitive and start the seat heater.

Solution 

Replacing the worn-out components with new ones can fix this problem. Tesla customer service can help in identifying the problem and fixing it.

10. Electrical interference

External factors such as electromagnetic interference and radio frequency interference or interference of frequency of nearby electrical devices can also be the reason why your Tesla climate control system keeps turning on.

Solution          

The best solution is moving away from strong electromagnetic fields or turning off the nearby electric devices which can interrupt and cause this problem.

Can I disable the automatic seat heaters permanently in my Tesla?

Yes, you can disable the automatic seat heaters permanently by adjusting the settings in the climate control menu.

Will disabling the seat heaters affect other climate control features in my Tesla?

No, disabling the seat heaters will only affect the seat heating function not any other.

Can I disable the seat heaters for specific seats while keeping them active for others? 

Yes, you can. Tesla vehicles allow you to individually control the seat heaters for each seat.

Will disabling the seat heaters improve my Tesla’s energy efficiency?

Disabling the seat heaters when not needed can help conserve energy and improve the overall energy efficiency of your Tesla.

Can I adjust the intensity of the seat heaters without disabling them completely? 

Yes, you can adjust the intensity or temperature of the seat heaters individually for each seat without completely disabling them.

Final thoughts

So far we have discussed all the possible causes and solutions for the problem Tesla seat heater keeps turning on. The problems and solutions are explained in this article. The solutions include

  1. Updating Tesla software
  2. Disabling automatic heat seater feature.
  3. Soft resetting the Tesla software
  4. Hard resetting software
  5. Fixing Proximity sensor
  6. Changing the worn buttons
  7. Updating the Tesla app
  8. Reinstalling the app
  9. Fixing the sensors
  10. Firmware capability
  11. Removing the electrical interference
  12. Recalibrating the climate control system

We have discussed all these in detail and answered some questions that you might have in your mind.

If you have something to share with us about this topic feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

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