The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats you can get. And for good reason. It picks up on your temperature preferences and creates 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 out and about and can raise and lower settings to help you save even more.
The Nest is compatible with a wide range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a smart idea to visit the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to talk with your energy provider for valuable rebates, since you might 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 yourself or call a HVAC specialist like Smyth Air Conditioning. If you’re putting it in without help, you’ll notice a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is just 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 an issue since the thermostat can get adequate power from other heating and cooling wires.
Sometimes, 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 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 Problems
If it can’t get enough power, Nest says you might have some of these troubles:
- Bad battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing is disabled.
- 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 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 continuously running, won’t switch on or turns off and on rapidly in a short period of time.
You could believe something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just started using the Nest, we suggest you check your thermostat right away. This is especially timely if the weather is temperate, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Specialists Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t repair the dilemma, a smart thermostat professional like one from Smyth Air Conditioning can assist you. We can diagnose the malfunction and install a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are made to make your life more convenient, by automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to monitor settings while you’re out. It’s a time-consuming experience when yours won’t operate correctly, but our heating and cooling specialists at Smyth Air Conditioning can resolve the trouble quickly.
If you’re experiencing odd heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at to book your appointment right away.