The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats you can get. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and develops 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 home or out and about and can change temps to help you save even more.
The Nest works with a wide 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 provider 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 install it yourself or contact a HVAC professional like The Frazier Company. If you’re putting it in yourself, you’ll notice 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 most cases, Nest says this isn’t an issue as the thermostat can pull adequate power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, 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 a step up from older programmable thermostats that have a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It uses 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 Malfunctions
If it can’t draw enough power, Nest says you could encounter some of these issues:
- Bad battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
- Your thermostat every now and then disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system unexpectedly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
- Your system is making weird 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, along the lines of “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is always working, won’t run or turns off and on rapidly in a short period of time.
You may think something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we recommend you begin with your thermostat initially. This is especially timely if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been relying on your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Specialists Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Problems
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t repair the issue, a smart thermostat professional such as one from The Frazier Company can assist you. We can identify the malfunction and add a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats like the Nest are designed to make your life simpler, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to check settings while you’re out. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t run correctly, but our heating and cooling specialists at The Frazier Company can take care of the issue fast.
If you’re experiencing strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at to request your appointment today.