The Nest thermostat is one of the top-selling smart thermostats you can get. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and creates 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 away and can raise and lower temps 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 use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before getting one. Don’t forget to check with your energy provider for valuable rebates, because you might be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve made sure it’s compatible, you can either install it on your own or hire a HVAC specialist like Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C.. 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 home 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 because the thermostat can get adequate power from other heating and cooling wires.
Sometimes, your heating and cooling system might have to have that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Issues
The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement 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 sync with Wi-Fi, power its digital display and run your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t receive enough electricity, Nest says you might have some of these troubles:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system suddenly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
- Your system is making strange 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 notice on your Nest thermostat’s screen, such as “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is constantly running, won’t run or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You could think something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, we suggest you start with your thermostat first. This is especially pertinent if the weather is temperate, and you haven’t been relying on your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Pros Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting without help but can’t repair the dilemma, a smart thermostat professional including one from Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. can provide support. We can determine the problem and install a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are made to make your life more convenient, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to check temperatures while you’re on the go. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t run properly, but our heating and cooling experts at Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. can resolve the problem fast.
If you’re going through strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at to set up your appointment now.