The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular 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 away and can adjust settings 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 smart idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to contact your energy company for valuable rebates, since you might be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve made sure it’s compatible, you can either wire it without help or contact a HVAC pro like Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating. If you’re installing it yourself, you’ll spot 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 an issue since the thermostat can pull ample power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system may require that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Problems
The Google Nest Thermostat is better than aging programmable thermostats that rely on a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It has 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 draw ample juice, Nest says you might have 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 shut off.
- Your system is making 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 notification on your Nest thermostat’s screen, along the lines of “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is constantly working, won’t switch 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 started using the Nest, we recommend you check your thermostat right away. This is especially timely if the weather is temperate, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning frequently.
Our Pros Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting without help but can’t repair the problem, a smart thermostat pro such as one from Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating can support you. We can pinpoint the problem and put in a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats like the Nest are made to make your life simpler, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to keep an eye on temperatures while you’re away from home. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t run like it should, but our heating and cooling experts at Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating can take care of the trouble quickly.
If you’re experiencing atypical heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at to book your appointment today.