The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It picks up on your temperature preferences and develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. And using geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E realize when you’re at your home or away and can change temperatures to help you save even more.
The Nest works with a vast range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a good idea to visit the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to talk with your energy provider for valuable rebates, because you might 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 contact a HVAC specialist like Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. If you’re wiring it yourself, you’ll spot 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 an issue because the thermostat can get adequate power from other heating and cooling wires.
Sometimes, your heating and cooling system may require that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Issues
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 connect to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and run your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Issues
If it can’t draw enough power, Nest says you could encounter some of these problems:
- 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 stop running.
- Your system is producing odd noises, including chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
- Heating or cooling is short cycling, or constantly 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 constantly running, won’t run or turns off and on rapidly in a short period of time.
You may believe something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, we recommend you check your thermostat first. This is especially true if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Professionals Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Problems
If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting without help but can’t solve the issue, a smart thermostat pro like one from Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can provide assistance. We can narrow down the problem and install a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are created to make your life easier, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to monitor temps while you’re away from home. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t work correctly, but our heating and cooling professionals at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can take care of the trouble in no time.
If you’re running into strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at 303-452-4146 to set up your appointment today.