The Nest thermostat is one of the top-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 realize when you’re at your house or gone and can adjust settings to help you save even more.
The Nest can be used with a vast range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a good idea to visit the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to talk with your energy provider for valuable rebates, because you could be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, you can either install it without help or call a HVAC professional like Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning. If you’re putting it in without help, you’ll see 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. Most of the time, Nest says this isn’t a setback as the thermostat can get enough 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 Malfunctions
The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement from aging programmable thermostats that rely on a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It uses 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 Malfunctions
If it can’t receive enough electricity, Nest says you could run into 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 turn off.
- Your system is making weird 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 notification on your Nest thermostat’s screen, along the lines of “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is continuously working, won’t turn on or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You may think something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we advise you begin with 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 Resolve Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting without help but can’t solve the problem, a smart thermostat specialist such as one from Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning can provide support. We can pinpoint the issue and install a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats like the Nest are designed to make your life more convenient, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to keep an eye on temperatures while you’re on the go. It’s a time-consuming experience when yours won’t run properly, but our heating and cooling pros at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning can take care of the issue quickly.
If you’re running into odd heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at to book your appointment now.