The Nest thermostat is one of the top-selling smart thermostats you can get. And for good reason. It learns 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 gone and can raise and lower temperatures 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 use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to talk with your energy company for valuable rebates, as you could be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve made sure it’s compatible, you can either hook it up without help or hire a HVAC pro like Miller Climate Control LLC. If you’re wiring it without help, you’ll spot a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is solely 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 because the thermostat can pull ample power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system might need 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 relies on 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 Problems
If it can’t draw ample electricity, Nest says you could run into some of these problems:
- Bad battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
- Your thermostat occasionally 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 constantly 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 working, won’t switch on or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You may believe something is wrong with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, we advise you begin with your thermostat first. This is especially pertinent if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Pros Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t solve the issue, a smart thermostat specialist such as one from Miller Climate Control LLC can assist you. We can diagnose the problem and add a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are designed to make your life simpler, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to monitor temps while you’re on the go. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t run properly, but our heating and cooling professionals at Miller Climate Control LLC can take care of the problem fast.
If you’re going through odd heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at 512-937-2001 to set up your appointment right away.