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 home or out and about and can adjust temperatures to help you save even more.
The Nest can be used with a full range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a good idea to check the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to contact your energy provider for valuable rebates, because you may 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 without help or hire a HVAC specialist like Forster Heating. If you’re putting it in yourself, you’ll see 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. In the majority of cases, Nest says this isn’t a setback as the thermostat can draw enough power from other heating and cooling wires.
Sometimes, your heating and cooling system might require 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 use a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to connect to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and run your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t draw enough electricity, Nest says you may run into some of these troubles:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
- Your thermostat sometimes disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system unexpectedly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
- Your system is creating 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 message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, such as “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 could believe something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, we suggest you start with your thermostat initially. This is especially true if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Pros Can Solve Nest Thermostat Problems
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting without help but can’t repair the issue, a smart thermostat specialist such as one from Forster Heating can provide assistance. We can pinpoint the issue and add a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats like the Nest are designed to make your life simpler, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to check temps while you’re on the go. It’s a time-consuming experience when yours won’t work like it should, but our heating and cooling professionals at Forster Heating can fix the problem quickly.
If you’re experiencing strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at 530-885-8081 to schedule your appointment today.