The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It learns 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 home or gone and can change temperatures 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 smart idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to check with your energy company for valuable rebates, since you could be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, you can either wire it yourself or call a HVAC specialist like Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning. If you’re installing it yourself, you’ll see 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 draw ample power from other heating and cooling wires.
Sometimes, 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The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement from outdated programmable thermostats that have a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It relies on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to link to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and turn on your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t get adequate juice, Nest says you could encounter some of these problems:
- Bad 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 stop running.
- Your system is making strange noises, including chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
- Heating or cooling is short cycling, or repeatedly turning on and off in a short period of time.
- There is a delay notice on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is continuously working, won’t run or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You might think something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, we suggest you check your thermostat first. This is especially timely if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Pros Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t fix the dilemma, a smart thermostat specialist like one from Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning can assist you. We can diagnose the issue and put in a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are designed to make your life more convenient, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to keep an eye on settings while you’re on the go. It’s a time-consuming experience when yours won’t run like it should, but our heating and cooling specialists at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning can fix the trouble fast.
If you’re going through atypical heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at 760-784-9034 to set up your appointment today.