The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It picks up on your temperature preferences and develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. And using geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E are aware of when you’re at your house or away and can raise and lower 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 wise idea to check the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before purchasing one. Don’t forget to check with your energy company for valuable rebates, as you may be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve made sure it’s compatible, you can either wire it on your own or call a HVAC specialist like B & B Heating & Cooling. If you’re installing it yourself, you’ll spot a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is only 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 problem since the thermostat can pull ample power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system may need 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 have 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 Problems
If it can’t receive enough electricity, Nest says you may run into some of these problems:
- Poor battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat sometimes disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system unexpectedly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
- Your system is making strange 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 message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, such as “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is continuously running, won’t turn on or turns off and on rapidly 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 suggest you check your thermostat first. This is especially pertinent if the weather is temperate, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning much.
Our Professionals Can Fix Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t fix the dilemma, a smart thermostat professional including one from B & B Heating & Cooling can provide support. We can pinpoint the problem and add a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats including the Nest are created to make your life simpler, by automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to check settings while you’re on the go. It’s a time-consuming experience when yours won’t operate like it should, but our heating and cooling specialists at B & B Heating & Cooling can take care of the problem in no time.
If you’re running into unexplained heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at 314-325-7552 to schedule your appointment now.