The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It figures out your temperature preferences and develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. And through geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E realize when you’re at your house or away and can adjust temperatures 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 smart idea to visit the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to contact your energy supplier for valuable rebates, since you could 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 on your own or contact a HVAC professional like Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling. If you’re installing it without help, 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 most cases, Nest says this isn’t a problem as the thermostat can pull ample power from other heating and cooling wires.
Sometimes, your heating and cooling system might have to have that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Problems
The Google Nest Thermostat is a step up from aging programmable thermostats that rely on a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to link to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and operate your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t receive adequate electricity, Nest says you could run into some of these troubles:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat sometimes disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system suddenly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
- Your system is producing weird noises, including chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
- Heating or cooling is short cycling, or constantly 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 turn on or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You might worry something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, it’s best to begin with your thermostat first. This is especially pertinent if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning frequently.
Our Specialists Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t repair the dilemma, a smart thermostat specialist including one from Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling can support you. We can diagnose the problem and install a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are created to make your life simpler, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to monitor temps while you’re out. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t work like it should, but our heating and cooling pros at Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling can take care of the issue fast.
If you’re going through unexplained heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at (815) 914-6197 to book your appointment today.