The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It figures out your temperature preferences and creates 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 home or away 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 purchasing one. Don’t forget to check with your energy company for valuable rebates, since you might be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, you can either wire it without help or call a HVAC pro like Halverson Brothers Inc. If you’re installing it without help, you’ll spot a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is solely 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 draw enough power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some instances, your heating and cooling system might need 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 have a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It relies on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to connect to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and run your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t draw enough electricity, Nest says you could encounter some of these problems:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat every now and then disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t stop running.
- Your system is creating odd 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 message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is constantly working, won’t turn on or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You may worry something is wrong with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, it’s best to check your thermostat right away. This is especially timely if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Specialists Can Solve Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t fix the dilemma, a smart thermostat specialist including one from Halverson Brothers Inc can provide support. We can diagnose the problem and install a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are made to make your life simpler, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to monitor temps while you’re on the go. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t run like it should, but our heating and cooling experts at Halverson Brothers Inc can take care of the trouble fast.
If you’re running into odd heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at 715-352-4052 to schedule your appointment now.