The Nest thermostat is one of the top-selling smart thermostats you can get. And for good reason. It picks up on your temperature preferences and makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. And by geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E are aware of when you’re at your residence or away and can change temps to help you save even more.
The Nest is compatible with a wide range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a wise idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to check with your energy provider for valuable rebates, as you could be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve confirmed it’s compatible, you can either wire it without help or hire a HVAC professional like GV Heating & Air. If you’re putting it in without help, you’ll see a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is only used for powering your thermostat. If your residence or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. In most cases, Nest says this isn’t a setback because the thermostat can get enough power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some instances, your heating and cooling system could have to have that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Problems
The Google Nest Thermostat is a step up from aging programmable thermostats that use a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to link to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and operate your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Malfunctions
If it can’t draw ample power, Nest says you could have some of these problems:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat every now and then disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
- Your system is creating strange 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 message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, such as “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is continuously working, won’t turn on or turns off and on rapidly in a short period of time.
You may think something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we suggest you check your thermostat first. This is especially pertinent if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Pros Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Problems
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t solve the problem, a smart thermostat specialist such as one from GV Heating & Air can assist you. We can pinpoint the malfunction and add a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are made to make your life simpler, by automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to check settings while you’re away from home. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t work correctly, but our heating and cooling specialists at GV Heating & Air can take care of the issue fast.
If you’re going through weird heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at 763-535-2000 to set up your appointment right away.