The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats you can buy. And for good reason. It figures out 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 house or away and can adjust temps to help you save even more.
The Nest works with a wide range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a smart idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before purchasing one. Don’t forget to contact your energy supplier for valuable rebates, as you might be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, you can either wire it on your own or hire a HVAC pro like Air-Right Energy Design, Inc.. If you’re putting it in without help, you’ll spot 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 most cases, Nest says this isn’t an issue because the thermostat can draw enough power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system may need 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 connect to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and turn on your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t receive adequate juice, Nest says you may have some of these issues:
- Bad 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 turn off.
- 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 notification on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is always working, won’t run or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You may believe something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we advise you start with your thermostat initially. This is especially timely if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been relying on your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Pros Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t repair the dilemma, a smart thermostat pro like one from Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. can help. We can diagnose the malfunction and add a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are created to make your life simpler, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to keep an eye on settings while you’re out. It’s a time-consuming experience when yours won’t work like it should, but our heating and cooling professionals at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. can take care of the issue quickly.
If you’re experiencing unexplained heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at 703-260-1148 to schedule your appointment now.