The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular 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 through geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E are aware of when you’re at your home or away and can raise and lower temps to help you save even more.
The Nest is compatible with a full 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 check with your energy supplier 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 hook it up without help or call a HVAC specialist like Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. 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. Most of the time, Nest says this isn’t a problem as the thermostat can pull enough power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system may have to have that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Malfunctions
The Google Nest Thermostat is better than older programmable thermostats that use 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 operate your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Issues
If it can’t draw enough juice, Nest says you may encounter some of these troubles:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
- Your thermostat sometimes disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system suddenly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
- Your system is producing odd noises, including chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
- Heating or cooling is short cycling, or frequently turning on and off in a short period of time.
- There is a delay message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is constantly on, won’t switch on or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You could worry something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just started using the Nest, we advise you start with your thermostat right away. This is especially timely if the weather is temperate, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Professionals Can Fix Nest Thermostat Problems
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t repair the issue, a smart thermostat pro such as one from Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can provide support. We can diagnose the malfunction and put in a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are designed to make your life simpler, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to monitor temperatures while you’re on the go. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t work like it should, but our heating and cooling specialists at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can take care of the trouble in no time.
If you’re running into strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at 877-389-2465 to book your appointment now.