The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling 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 realize when you’re at your house or gone and can change settings to help you save even more.
The Nest is compatible with a wide range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a wise idea to visit the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to contact your energy supplier for valuable rebates, since you could be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, you can either install it on your own or contact a HVAC professional like Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C.. If you’re installing it without help, you’ll spot a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is just 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 draw enough power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some instances, your heating and cooling system could require that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Malfunctions
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 run your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t draw adequate power, Nest says you may run into some of these problems:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
- Your system is creating odd noises, including 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 notification on your Nest thermostat’s screen, along the lines of “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is constantly on, won’t turn on or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You could worry something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we recommend you check your thermostat initially. This is especially timely if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Pros Can Fix Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t repair the problem, a smart thermostat professional such as one from Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. can provide support. We can narrow down the malfunction and install a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are made to make your life more convenient, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to check temperatures while you’re out. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t run properly, but our heating and cooling experts at Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. can fix the issue quickly.
If you’re going through unexplained heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at 956-630-3522 to book your appointment today.