The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats you can buy. And for good reason. It figures out your temperature preferences and develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. And using geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E realize when you’re at your residence or out and about and can change settings 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 smart idea to visit the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to contact your energy supplier for valuable rebates, as you may be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, you can either wire it yourself or call a HVAC pro like Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning. If you’re putting it in without help, 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. Most of the time, Nest says this isn’t a setback because the thermostat can get adequate power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some instances, your heating and cooling system could need that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Problems
The Google Nest Thermostat is a step up from 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 operate your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t get ample juice, Nest says you might have some of these issues:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
- Your system is producing 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, such as “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is always running, won’t switch on or turns off and on rapidly in a short period of time.
You could believe something is wrong with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we recommend you begin with your thermostat initially. This is especially timely if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been relying on your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Professionals Can Solve Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t fix the problem, a smart thermostat specialist such as one from Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning can help. We can narrow down the problem and put in a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats like the Nest are designed to make your life more convenient, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to keep an eye on temps while you’re out. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t work like it should, but our heating and cooling pros at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning can fix the issue quickly.
If you’re experiencing unexplained heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at 209-257-3156 to set up your appointment today.