The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling smart thermostats you can get. And for good reason. It picks up on your temperature preferences and develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. And through 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 wide 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 check with your energy supplier for valuable rebates, since 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 contact a HVAC professional like Contra Costa Heating & AC. If you’re wiring it yourself, you’ll spot 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 as the thermostat can get ample power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system might 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The Google Nest Thermostat is a step up from outdated programmable thermostats that use a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power. It uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and wiring to link to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and turn on your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Problems
If it can’t draw adequate electricity, Nest says you might run into some of these issues:
- Poor 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 turn off.
- Your system is making strange noises, such as 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 always working, won’t switch on or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You may worry something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just started using the Nest, we recommend you begin with your thermostat first. This is especially pertinent if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning frequently.
Our Professionals Can Fix Nest Thermostat Troubles
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t repair the problem, a smart thermostat specialist including one from Contra Costa Heating & AC can assist you. We can diagnose the malfunction and add a C-wire, if needed.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are made to make your life easier, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to check temperatures while you’re on the go. It’s a time-consuming experience when yours won’t work like it should, but our heating and cooling specialists at Contra Costa Heating & AC can resolve the trouble fast.
If you’re running into odd heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at 510-343-9841 to request your appointment right away.