The Nest thermostat is one of the top-selling smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. And using geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E are aware of when you’re at your house or out and about and can change temperatures to help you save even more.
The Nest works with a full range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a wise idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to check with your energy provider for valuable rebates, as you could be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve made sure it’s compatible, you can either wire it without help or hire a HVAC pro like Edington Heating & Cooling Inc. If you’re installing it on your own, you’ll notice a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is only used for powering your thermostat. If your home or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. In the majority of cases, Nest says this isn’t a problem as the thermostat can draw enough power from other heating and cooling wires.
Sometimes, your heating and cooling system may need that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Problems
The Google Nest Thermostat is better than older programmable thermostats that use a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to sync with Wi-Fi, power its digital display and turn on your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t receive ample juice, Nest says you might encounter some of these troubles:
- Poor battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
- Your thermostat every now and then disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system unexpectedly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
- Your system is producing odd noises, including chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
- Heating or cooling is short cycling, or frequently turning on and off in a short period of time.
- There is a delay notice on your Nest thermostat’s screen, along the lines of “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is always working, won’t run or turns off and on rapidly in a short period of time.
You may think something is wrong with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, it’s best to start with your thermostat first. This is especially timely if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Professionals Can Fix Nest Thermostat Problems
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t solve the dilemma, a smart thermostat pro like one from Edington Heating & Cooling Inc can assist you. We can diagnose the issue and install a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are created to make your life simpler, by automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to keep an eye on temperatures while you’re away from home. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t run correctly, but our heating and cooling pros at Edington Heating & Cooling Inc can resolve the trouble in no time.
If you’re running into strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at to set up your appointment today.