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 are aware of when you’re at your residence or gone and can raise and lower temps to help you save even more.
The Nest can be used with a wide range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a wise idea to visit the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to contact your energy company for valuable rebates, since you might 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 specialist like TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical. If you’re putting it in on your own, you’ll see a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is only 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 since the thermostat can get adequate power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some instances, your heating and cooling system may have to have that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Issues
The Google Nest Thermostat is a step up from outdated programmable thermostats that rely on a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power.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 sync with Wi-Fi, power its digital display and run your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t receive ample power, Nest says you may experience some of these troubles:
- Bad battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
- Your thermostat every now and then disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system suddenly turns on or off, or won’t stop running.
- Your system is making weird noises, such as 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 message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, along the lines of “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is continuously running, won’t turn on or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You may believe something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we advise you check your thermostat initially. This is especially pertinent if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning frequently.
Our Professionals Can Fix Nest Thermostat Problems
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t repair the dilemma, a smart thermostat pro including one from TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical can provide assistance. We can identify the issue and add a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats like the Nest are created to make your life simpler, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to keep an eye on settings while you’re on the go. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t work like it should, but our heating and cooling professionals at TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical can resolve the issue quickly.
If you’re going through weird heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at 847-362-0262 to request your appointment now.