The Nest thermostat is one of the top-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 realize when you’re at your residence or out and about 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 good idea to check the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to check with your energy supplier for valuable rebates, since you may 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 specialist like Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating. If you’re wiring it on your own, you’ll spot 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 a problem because the thermostat can draw adequate power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system might need that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Issues
The Google Nest Thermostat is better than older programmable thermostats that have a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to link to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and turn on your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Issues
If it can’t receive enough power, Nest says you could have some of these issues:
- Bad battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system unexpectedly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
- Your system is producing weird 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 message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is continuously working, won’t run or turns off and on rapidly in a short period of time.
You may believe something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just started using the Nest, we recommend you begin with your thermostat right away. This is especially pertinent if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Pros Can Fix Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t repair the problem, a smart thermostat specialist like one from Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating can assist you. We can identify the malfunction and install a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are designed to make your life more convenient, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to keep an eye on settings while you’re away from home. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t run correctly, but our heating and cooling experts at Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating can fix the trouble fast.
If you’re experiencing unexplained heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at to set up your appointment now.