The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats you can buy. And for good reason. It picks up on your temperature preferences and develops 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 out and about and can adjust temperatures to help you save even more.
The Nest works with a vast range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a wise idea to visit the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before purchasing one. Don’t forget to contact your energy supplier for valuable rebates, since you might be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, you can either wire it on your own or call a HVAC specialist like Booneville Heating & Cooling. If you’re installing it yourself, you’ll see a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is solely used for powering your thermostat. If your house 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 adequate 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 Malfunctions
The Google Nest Thermostat is a step up from outdated programmable thermostats that have a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to link to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and run your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t draw enough power, Nest says you might encounter some of these troubles:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system unexpectedly turns on or off, or won’t stop running.
- Your system is producing weird 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 notice on your Nest thermostat’s screen, such as “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is continuously on, won’t turn on or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You could think something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, it’s best to start with your thermostat first. This is especially pertinent if the weather is temperate, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning frequently.
Our Specialists Can Solve Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting without help but can’t repair the problem, a smart thermostat professional including one from Booneville Heating & Cooling can support you. We can determine the malfunction and put in a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are designed to make your life simpler, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to monitor temps while you’re on the go. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t operate properly, but our heating and cooling pros at Booneville Heating & Cooling can fix the issue fast.
If you’re going through weird heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at to set up your appointment right away.