The Nest thermostat is one of the top-selling smart thermostats you can buy. 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 know when you’re at your residence or out and about and can raise and lower temperatures to help you save even more.
The Nest can be used with a vast range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a smart idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before purchasing one. Don’t forget to check with your energy company for valuable rebates, as 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 without help or contact a HVAC pro like US Air Heating and Cooling. If you’re installing 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 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 as the thermostat can pull enough power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some instances, your heating and cooling system may need that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Issues
The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement from 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 get adequate electricity, Nest says you may encounter some of these troubles:
- Bad battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing is disabled.
- Your thermostat every now and then disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system suddenly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
- Your system is producing odd noises, such as 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 message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, such as “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is always on, won’t run or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You may believe something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we advise you start with your thermostat first. This is especially pertinent if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Pros Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t fix the dilemma, a smart thermostat specialist like one from US Air Heating and Cooling can help. We can identify the issue and add a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are designed to make your life more convenient, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to check settings while you’re on the go. It’s a time-consuming experience when yours won’t operate properly, but our heating and cooling pros at US Air Heating and Cooling can resolve the issue in no time.
If you’re running into weird heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at 803-220-0761 to schedule your appointment today.