The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It picks up on your temperature preferences and creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. And through geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E know when you’re at your home or out and about and can adjust temperatures to help you save even more.
The Nest can be used with a wide range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a wise idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to check with your energy provider for valuable rebates, as you could be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve confirmed it’s compatible, you can either install it yourself or call a HVAC specialist like Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc. If you’re putting it in without help, you’ll see a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is just 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 get adequate power from other heating and cooling wires.
Sometimes, your heating and cooling system may need that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Problems
The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement from outdated programmable thermostats that use a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power.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 Malfunctions
If it can’t draw ample power, Nest says you might experience some of these issues:
- Bad battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing is disabled.
- Your thermostat every now and then disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
- Your system is creating strange 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 notification on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is always on, won’t run or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You may think something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, we recommend you begin with your thermostat right away. This is especially timely if the weather is temperate, and you haven’t been relying on your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Pros Can Solve Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t repair the issue, a smart thermostat professional such as one from Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc can provide support. We can pinpoint the problem and add a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are made to make your life easier, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to monitor temps while you’re away from home. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t work like it should, but our heating and cooling specialists at Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc can fix the trouble in no time.
If you’re experiencing strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at (815)914-6197 to request your appointment now.