The Nest thermostat is one of the best-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 using geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E know when you’re at your residence or gone and can adjust settings to help you save even more.
The Nest can be used with a full range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a smart idea to check the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to check with your energy supplier for valuable rebates, as you may be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, you can either install it yourself or hire a HVAC professional like Integrity AC & Heating LLC. If you’re wiring it yourself, you’ll spot a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is just used for powering your thermostat. If your residence or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. In the majority of cases, Nest says this isn’t a setback because 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 Problems
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 sync with Wi-Fi, power its digital display and turn on your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Issues
If it can’t receive ample juice, Nest says you might encounter some of these issues:
- Poor 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 shut off.
- Your system is making 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 notification on your Nest thermostat’s screen, along the lines of “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is continuously on, won’t run or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You could believe something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just started using the Nest, we advise you start with your thermostat initially. This is especially true if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning frequently.
Our Specialists Can Fix Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t solve the dilemma, a smart thermostat pro including one from Integrity AC & Heating LLC can provide support. We can determine the issue and add a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats like the Nest are made to make your life easier, by automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to keep an eye on temps while you’re out. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t work properly, but our heating and cooling pros at Integrity AC & Heating LLC can take care of the trouble in no time.
If you’re going through strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at to schedule your appointment today.