The Nest thermostat is one of the top-selling smart thermostats you can buy. 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 gone and can raise and lower settings to help you save even more.
The Nest is compatible 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 getting one. Don’t forget to contact your energy provider for valuable rebates, as you could 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 without help or call a HVAC specialist like James Heating & A/C, Inc. If you’re wiring 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 setback since the thermostat can get ample power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, 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 has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to connect to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and turn on your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Malfunctions
If it can’t get adequate electricity, Nest says you could experience some of these problems:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing is disabled.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system suddenly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
- Your system is creating odd noises, such as 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 notice on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “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 worry something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just started using the Nest, it’s best to start 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 frequently.
Our Professionals Can Resolve Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t repair the dilemma, a smart thermostat specialist including one from James Heating & A/C, Inc can assist you. We can diagnose the malfunction and install a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats like the Nest are designed to make your life easier, by automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to keep an eye on settings while you’re out. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t work like it should, but our heating and cooling pros at James Heating & A/C, Inc can fix the issue in no time.
If you’re going through odd heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at 336-853-6070 to request your appointment now.