The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. And using geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E are aware of when you’re at your home or out and about and can change temperatures 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 good idea to visit the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to talk with your energy supplier for valuable rebates, since you may be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve confirmed it’s compatible, you can either hook it up on your own or call a HVAC pro like Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating. If you’re putting it in on your own, you’ll see a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is only used for powering your thermostat. If your home 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 as the thermostat can draw adequate power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system could need that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Issues
The Google Nest Thermostat is better than aging programmable thermostats that use a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It relies on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to sync with Wi-Fi, power its digital display and operate your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Malfunctions
If it can’t draw enough power, Nest says you might encounter some of these problems:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system suddenly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
- Your system is making odd noises, like 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 notice on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is always running, won’t switch on or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You could believe something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, we suggest you check your thermostat initially. This is especially pertinent if the weather is temperate, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Pros Can Fix Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t solve the problem, a smart thermostat specialist like one from Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating can provide support. We can pinpoint the malfunction and install a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are made to make your life simpler, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to check temperatures while you’re away from home. It’s a time-consuming experience when yours won’t work correctly, but our heating and cooling pros at Enertek Air Conditioning & Heating can fix the trouble in no time.
If you’re going through unexplained heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at to set up your appointment today.