The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling smart thermostats you can buy. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and creates 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 out and about and can raise and lower temps to help you save even more.
The Nest is compatible with a vast 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 talk with your energy company for valuable rebates, because you may be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, you can either hook it up without help or contact a HVAC professional like Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning. If you’re putting it in 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 problem since the thermostat can pull enough power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system might have to have that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Issues
The Google Nest Thermostat is better than outdated programmable thermostats that rely on a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to connect to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and run your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Malfunctions
If it can’t receive enough power, Nest says you may encounter some of these problems:
- Poor battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing is disabled.
- Your thermostat sometimes disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system unexpectedly turns on or off, or won’t stop running.
- Your system is making strange noises, like 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, such as “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is always on, won’t switch on or turns off and on rapidly in a short period of time.
You might believe something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we recommend 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 Specialists Can Solve Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t solve the dilemma, a smart thermostat professional such as one from Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning can provide support. We can identify the problem and install a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are made to make your life easier, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to check temperatures while you’re away from home. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t work like it should, but our heating and cooling experts at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning can fix the problem fast.
If you’re running into unexplained heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at to book your appointment now.