The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats you can buy. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and develops 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 gone and can change settings to help you save even more.
The Nest works with a wide range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a wise idea to check the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to check with your energy company for valuable rebates, because you might be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, you can either wire it without help or hire a HVAC pro like H&C Heating and Cooling. If you’re putting it in on your own, you’ll spot 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. Most of the time, Nest says this isn’t a problem as the thermostat can get enough power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system may require that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Malfunctions
The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement from older programmable thermostats that rely on a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to sync with Wi-Fi, power its digital display and run your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Issues
If it can’t receive ample juice, Nest says you could run into some of these problems:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing is disabled.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system unexpectedly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
- Your system is making odd noises, including chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
- Heating or cooling is short cycling, or repeatedly turning on and off in a short period of time.
- There is a delay notification 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 switch on or turns off and on rapidly in a short period of time.
You may think something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we advise you check your thermostat right away. This is especially true if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been relying on your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Professionals Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Problems
If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting without help but can’t solve the dilemma, a smart thermostat specialist like one from H&C Heating and Cooling can help. We can determine the issue and install a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are made to make your life simpler, by automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to monitor temps while you’re away from home. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t run correctly, but our heating and cooling specialists at H&C Heating and Cooling can fix the problem quickly.
If you’re experiencing odd heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at 301-960-3247 to set up your appointment today.