The Nest thermostat is one of the top-selling smart thermostats you can get. And for good reason. It figures out your temperature preferences and makes 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 house or away 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 smart idea to check the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting 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 confirmed it’s compatible, you can either hook it up yourself or hire a HVAC specialist like Siloam Springs Heating & AC. If you’re installing it 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 setback since the thermostat can pull adequate power from other heating and cooling wires.
Sometimes, your heating and cooling system might require that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Issues
The Google Nest Thermostat is better than older programmable thermostats that have 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 Issues
If it can’t get enough electricity, Nest says you might have some of these troubles:
- Bad battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t stop running.
- Your system is making weird 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 message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is constantly on, won’t run or turns off and on frequently 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, we suggest you check your thermostat first. This is especially true if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Pros Can Fix Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t fix the issue, a smart thermostat specialist like one from Siloam Springs Heating & AC can assist you. We can identify the issue and add a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are designed to make your life simpler, by automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to keep an eye on temps while you’re on the go. It’s a time-consuming experience when yours won’t operate like it should, but our heating and cooling specialists at Siloam Springs Heating & AC can resolve the problem fast.
If you’re running into odd heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at 479-308-8176 to set up your appointment today.