The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats you can get. And for good reason. It figures out your temperature preferences and makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. And using geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E realize when you’re at your house or out and about and can raise and lower temps to help you save even more.
The Nest can be used with a vast range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a good idea to check the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before purchasing one. Don’t forget to talk with your energy provider for valuable rebates, since you could be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve confirmed it’s compatible, you can either wire it yourself or contact a HVAC pro like Anderson Heating & A/C. If you’re putting it in yourself, you’ll notice a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is only used for powering your thermostat. If your residence or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. In most cases, Nest says this isn’t a problem because the thermostat can draw adequate power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system could 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The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement from outdated programmable thermostats that have a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It relies on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to sync with Wi-Fi, power its digital display and operate your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Malfunctions
If it can’t get ample juice, Nest says you may have some of these troubles:
- Bad battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
- Your thermostat sometimes disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
- Your system is creating strange noises, such as 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, such as “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is constantly on, won’t turn on or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You could believe something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we recommend you start with your thermostat initially. This is especially timely if the weather is temperate, and you haven’t been relying on your heat or air conditioning frequently.
Our Professionals Can Fix Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t fix the dilemma, a smart thermostat pro including one from Anderson Heating & A/C can help. We can identify the problem and put in a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are designed to make your life easier, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to check temps while you’re out. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t run correctly, but our heating and cooling specialists at Anderson Heating & A/C can resolve the issue in no time.
If you’re experiencing weird heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at 775-230-7628 to set up your appointment now.