The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. And by geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E are aware of when you’re at your residence or gone and can raise and lower temps to help you save even more.
The Nest is compatible with a vast range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a good idea to visit the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before purchasing one. Don’t forget to check with 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 without help or hire a HVAC pro like Durable Service. If you’re installing it without help, you’ll notice a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is solely 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 get ample power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some instances, 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 better than aging programmable thermostats that rely on 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 Malfunctions
If it can’t receive ample power, Nest says you may encounter some of these problems:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing is disabled.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system suddenly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
- Your system is producing odd noises, like chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
- Heating or cooling is short cycling, or repeatedly 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 running, won’t switch on or turns off and on rapidly in a short period of time.
You may believe something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just started using the Nest, we suggest you check your thermostat initially. This is especially pertinent if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been relying on your heat or air conditioning frequently.
Our Pros Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t repair the dilemma, a smart thermostat specialist such as one from Durable Service can provide support. We can diagnose the issue and install a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are created to make your life easier, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to keep an eye on settings while you’re out. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t run like it should, but our heating and cooling experts at Durable Service can take care of the trouble in no time.
If you’re running into strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at to set up your appointment now.