The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats you can get. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and makes 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 away and can change temps to help you save even more.
The Nest works with a full range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a good idea to visit the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before purchasing one. Don’t forget to talk with your energy company for valuable rebates, as you could be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve made sure it’s compatible, you can either install it yourself or hire a HVAC specialist like Wallpe Heating & Cooling. If you’re putting it in 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 residence or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. In the majority of cases, Nest says this isn’t a setback since the thermostat can get enough 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 Issues
The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement from older programmable thermostats that have 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 operate your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t draw adequate power, Nest says you may encounter some of these troubles:
- Poor 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 creating strange noises, like 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 notification on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is continuously running, won’t switch on or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You could worry something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, it’s best to check your thermostat initially. This is especially timely 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 without help but can’t solve the issue, a smart thermostat pro like one from Wallpe Heating & Cooling can support you. We can pinpoint the malfunction and add a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats like the Nest are made to make your life simpler, by automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to keep an eye on settings while you’re on the go. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t work like it should, but our heating and cooling pros at Wallpe Heating & Cooling can fix the trouble in no time.
If you’re going through odd heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at to set up your appointment now.