The Nest thermostat is one of the top-selling smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and creates an energy-efficient schedule to match. And by geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E realize when you’re at your house or gone 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 wise idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before purchasing one. Don’t forget to contact your energy supplier for valuable rebates, since you may be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve confirmed it’s compatible, you can either install it without help or contact a HVAC professional like Northern Comfort Inc. If you’re installing it on your own, 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 setback because the thermostat can get ample power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some instances, your heating and cooling system might require that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Malfunctions
The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement from aging programmable thermostats that use 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 operate your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Malfunctions
If it can’t receive ample electricity, Nest says you might experience some of these problems:
- Poor battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat sometimes disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system suddenly turns on or off, or won’t stop running.
- Your system is making odd noises, including 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, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is always working, won’t run or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You could worry something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we recommend you start with your thermostat initially. This is especially true if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Professionals Can Fix Nest Thermostat Problems
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t fix the dilemma, a smart thermostat professional including one from Northern Comfort Inc can provide support. We can identify the malfunction and put in a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats like the Nest are designed to make your life easier, by automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to keep an eye on temperatures while you’re on the go. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t run properly, but our heating and cooling experts at Northern Comfort Inc can take care of the issue fast.
If you’re going through strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at 507-387-6596 to set up your appointment now.