The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. And using geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E are aware of when you’re at your house or gone 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 smart idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to contact your energy supplier for valuable rebates, as 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 hook it up yourself or hire a HVAC pro like Heartland Heating & Cooling. If you’re wiring it yourself, you’ll spot 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 problem because the thermostat can draw adequate power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some instances, your heating and cooling system might have to have that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Malfunctions
The Google Nest Thermostat is better than outdated programmable thermostats that have a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It has 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 ample power, Nest says you could encounter some of these troubles:
- Bad battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
- Your system is producing odd noises, like 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 notification on your Nest thermostat’s screen, along the lines of “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is constantly working, won’t switch on or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You may worry something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just started using the Nest, we suggest you begin with your thermostat initially. This is especially timely if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been relying on your heat or air conditioning frequently.
Our Professionals Can Solve Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t fix the dilemma, a smart thermostat specialist like one from Heartland Heating & Cooling can provide support. We can identify the issue and add a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are created to make your life more convenient, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to check temperatures while you’re on the go. It’s a time-consuming experience when yours won’t run correctly, but our heating and cooling professionals at Heartland Heating & Cooling can resolve the problem quickly.
If you’re experiencing weird heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at 515-344-3579 to schedule your appointment today.