The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling smart thermostats you can buy. And for good reason. It figures out your temperature preferences and develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. And through geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E realize when you’re at your house or out and about 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 good idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to talk with your energy provider 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 on your own or call a HVAC professional like Cool Air Solutions. If you’re installing it yourself, 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. Most of the time, Nest says this isn’t an issue as the thermostat can get adequate 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 better than aging programmable thermostats that rely on a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to connect to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and operate your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Issues
If it can’t receive adequate power, Nest says you may have some of these troubles:
- Bad battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system suddenly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
- Your system is creating weird noises, such as chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
- Heating or cooling is short cycling, or constantly turning on and off in a short period of time.
- There is a delay notice on your Nest thermostat’s screen, such as “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is constantly on, won’t run or turns off and on rapidly in a short period of time.
You may believe something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, we advise you start with your thermostat initially. This is especially timely if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Pros Can Fix Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting without help but can’t fix the dilemma, a smart thermostat professional like one from Cool Air Solutions can provide support. We can diagnose the problem and install a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are created to make your life simpler, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to check temperatures while you’re out. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t work correctly, but our heating and cooling professionals at Cool Air Solutions can fix the trouble quickly.
If you’re running into odd heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at 951-299-9853 to schedule your appointment right away.