The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It figures out your temperature preferences and creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. And using geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E know when you’re at your home or away and can change settings to help you save even more.
The Nest can be used 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 purchasing one. Don’t forget to contact your energy provider for valuable rebates, as you might be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve confirmed it’s compatible, you can either hook it up yourself or call a HVAC pro like Age Heating & Cooling. If you’re wiring it yourself, 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 draw adequate power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system might have to have that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Problems
The Google Nest Thermostat is better than aging programmable thermostats that use a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It relies on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to link to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and operate your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Malfunctions
If it can’t receive adequate juice, Nest says you may run into some of these troubles:
- Short 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 turn off.
- Your system is producing weird 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 message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, such as “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is constantly working, won’t turn on or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You might think something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we suggest you begin with your thermostat right away. This is especially pertinent if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been relying on your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Pros Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting without help but can’t repair the issue, a smart thermostat specialist including one from Age Heating & Cooling can provide support. We can narrow down the issue and install a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats like the Nest are created to make your life simpler, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to check temperatures while you’re on the go. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t operate like it should, but our heating and cooling specialists at Age Heating & Cooling can fix the problem fast.
If you’re going through odd heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at 208-578-4258 to book your appointment now.