The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling smart thermostats you can get. And for good reason. It picks up on your temperature preferences and makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. And by geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E are aware of when you’re at your house or gone and can adjust temps to help you save even more.
The Nest works with a vast range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a wise idea to check the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before purchasing one. Don’t forget to check with your energy company for valuable rebates, because 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 install it without help or hire a HVAC professional like Rescue Heating & Air. If you’re putting it in on your own, you’ll notice a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is solely used for powering your thermostat. If your house or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. In the majority of cases, Nest says this isn’t a setback as the thermostat can pull enough power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some instances, your heating and cooling system may need that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Issues
The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement from outdated programmable thermostats that have a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power.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 turn on your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Issues
If it can’t draw ample juice, Nest says you could run into some of these troubles:
- Poor battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat every now and then disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t stop running.
- 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 notice on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is always on, won’t switch 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, it’s best to check your thermostat initially. This is especially timely if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been relying on your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Professionals Can Fix Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t fix the dilemma, a smart thermostat professional including one from Rescue Heating & Air can support you. We can identify the problem and add a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are created to make your life simpler, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to keep an eye on settings while you’re out. It’s a time-consuming experience when yours won’t operate correctly, but our heating and cooling specialists at Rescue Heating & Air can take care of the problem in no time.
If you’re experiencing strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at to request your appointment now.