The Nest thermostat is one of the top-selling smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It figures out your temperature preferences and makes 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 change 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 smart idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before purchasing one. Don’t forget to contact 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 wire it on your own or contact a HVAC pro like Stanford Heating & Cooling. If you’re putting it in without help, you’ll see a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is solely 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 setback because the thermostat can pull ample power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system could require 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 run your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Malfunctions
If it can’t get adequate electricity, Nest says you could run into some of these troubles:
- Poor battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat sometimes disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system unexpectedly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
- Your system is creating odd noises, such as 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 message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is constantly on, won’t run or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You might think something is wrong with your heating and cooling system, but if you just started using the Nest, we recommend you begin with your thermostat initially. This is especially true if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning frequently.
Our Specialists Can Solve Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t fix the dilemma, a smart thermostat pro such as one from Stanford Heating & Cooling can assist you. We can identify the problem and put in a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are made to make your life easier, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to keep an eye on temperatures while you’re on the go. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t run like it should, but our heating and cooling experts at Stanford Heating & Cooling can take care of the trouble in no time.
If you’re experiencing atypical heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at 812-825-8695 to schedule your appointment right away.