The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling smart thermostats you can buy. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. And through geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E realize when you’re at your residence or gone and can change 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 good idea to check the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing 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 confirmed it’s compatible, you can either hook it up on your own or contact a HVAC professional like J.L. Brady Company LLC. If you’re wiring it without help, you’ll notice 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 because the thermostat can draw adequate 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 Problems
The Google Nest Thermostat is better than aging programmable thermostats that use 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 operate your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Malfunctions
If it can’t get adequate electricity, Nest says you may run into some of these problems:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing is disabled.
- 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 constantly running, won’t turn on or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You may think something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, we advise you check your thermostat right away. This is especially timely if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Pros Can Fix Nest Thermostat Problems
If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t fix the issue, a smart thermostat specialist like one from J.L. Brady Company LLC can support you. We can diagnose the problem and add a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats like the Nest are created to make your life easier, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to keep an eye on temps while you’re on the go. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t run properly, but our heating and cooling experts at J.L. Brady Company LLC can take care of the problem in no time.
If you’re running into unexplained heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at 309-517-7511 to schedule your appointment right away.