The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats you can buy. And for good reason. It picks up on 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 residence or out and about 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 smart idea to visit the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to contact your energy company for valuable rebates, since 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 hook it up on your own or contact a HVAC specialist like LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc.. If you’re installing it without help, you’ll notice a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is just used for powering your thermostat. If your house or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. In the majority of cases, Nest says this isn’t a problem as the thermostat can draw ample power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some instances, your heating and cooling system might need that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Malfunctions
The Google Nest Thermostat is better than aging programmable thermostats that have a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to sync with Wi-Fi, power its digital display and run your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t draw ample electricity, Nest says you might run into some of these troubles:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
- Your thermostat every now and then disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
- Your system is making weird noises, such as 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 message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, along the lines of “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is continuously working, won’t run or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You may worry something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, we suggest you start with your thermostat right away. This is especially true if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been relying on your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Specialists Can Solve Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t solve the issue, a smart thermostat professional such as one from LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. can provide support. We can diagnose the issue and put in a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are created to make your life easier, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to check temps while you’re away from home. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t work correctly, but our heating and cooling pros at LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. can resolve the trouble fast.
If you’re running into odd heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at to schedule your appointment today.