The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling smart thermostats you can buy. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. And by geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E know when you’re at your house or out and about and can raise and lower 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 smart idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before purchasing one. Don’t forget to contact your energy supplier for valuable rebates, because 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 without help or contact a HVAC specialist like Goode Bros AC & Heating. If you’re installing it without help, you’ll spot a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is only used for powering your thermostat. If your residence or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. In the majority of cases, Nest says this isn’t an issue as the thermostat can get ample power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system might require that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Problems
The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement from aging programmable thermostats that use a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It relies on 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 Malfunctions
If it can’t draw adequate juice, Nest says you may have some of these problems:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t stop running.
- Your system is creating 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 notice on your Nest thermostat’s screen, such as “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is always running, won’t switch on or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You could think something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we advise you start with your thermostat first. This is especially pertinent if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Professionals Can Fix Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t fix the issue, a smart thermostat specialist like one from Goode Bros AC & Heating can assist you. We can diagnose the issue and install a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats like the Nest are designed to make your life more convenient, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to monitor temps while you’re on the go. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t work like it should, but our heating and cooling pros at Goode Bros AC & Heating can resolve the problem quickly.
If you’re experiencing atypical heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at to request your appointment today.