The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling smart thermostats you can buy. And for good reason. It figures out your temperature preferences and makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. And using geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E know when you’re at your residence or out and about and can adjust temperatures to help you save even more.
The Nest is compatible with a full range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a smart idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to check with 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 pro like Solar Air Inc.. If you’re wiring it without help, you’ll spot a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is solely used for powering your thermostat. If your residence 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 pull 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 a step up from older programmable thermostats that use a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It uses 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 Issues
If it can’t draw adequate juice, Nest says you might have some of these problems:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
- Your system is making strange noises, including 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 notice on your Nest thermostat’s screen, such as “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is always working, 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, it’s best to start with your thermostat first. This is especially true if the weather is temperate, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Professionals Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting without help but can’t fix the issue, a smart thermostat professional including one from Solar Air Inc. can support you. We can pinpoint the issue and add a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are made to make your life easier, by automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to keep an eye on temperatures while you’re away from home. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t work like it should, but our heating and cooling specialists at Solar Air Inc. can fix the trouble quickly.
If you’re going through atypical heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at to set up your appointment today.