The Nest thermostat is one of the top-selling 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 are aware of when you’re at your home or gone and can change settings 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 good idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before purchasing 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 install it on your own or hire a HVAC specialist like AW Heating & Air Conditioning. If you’re putting it in on your own, you’ll see a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is solely 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 setback since the thermostat can draw 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 Issues
The Google Nest Thermostat is better than older programmable thermostats that rely on a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It relies on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to connect to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and operate your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t receive ample juice, Nest says you might experience 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 making odd 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 constantly working, won’t switch on or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You might think something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just started using the Nest, it’s best to start with your thermostat right away. This is especially true if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Professionals Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t fix the problem, a smart thermostat pro such as one from AW Heating & Air Conditioning can provide assistance. We can pinpoint the malfunction and add a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are made to make your life easier, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to keep an eye on temps while you’re away from home. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t operate like it should, but our heating and cooling professionals at AW Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of the issue fast.
If you’re going through atypical heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at 402-438-7992 to schedule your appointment now.