The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling 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 by geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E are aware of when you’re at your house or out and about and can adjust 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 good idea to check the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to contact your energy supplier 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 hook it up yourself or call a HVAC professional like JTech Mechanical. If you’re wiring it 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. Most of the time, Nest says this isn’t a setback because the thermostat can get enough power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system might require 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 aging programmable thermostats that use a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to link to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and operate your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t receive enough juice, Nest says you might run into some of these problems:
- Bad battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system unexpectedly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
- Your system is making 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, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is constantly working, won’t switch on or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You might worry something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, we recommend you begin with your thermostat right away. This is especially true if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Professionals Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t repair the dilemma, a smart thermostat pro including one from JTech Mechanical can support you. We can determine the issue and put in a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are created to make your life more convenient, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to check settings while you’re away from home. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t work properly, but our heating and cooling specialists at JTech Mechanical can resolve the problem in no time.
If you’re experiencing unexplained heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at to request your appointment now.