The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. And through geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E know when you’re at your house or gone and can adjust temps to help you save even more.
The Nest can be used with a vast range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a wise idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to talk 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 confirmed it’s compatible, you can either wire it yourself or contact a HVAC professional like Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning. If you’re putting it in yourself, you’ll see a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is solely used for powering your thermostat. If your residence or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. Most of the time, Nest says this isn’t a problem 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 Issues
The Google Nest Thermostat is better than outdated programmable thermostats that use a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power.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 Issues
If it can’t get adequate juice, Nest says you could have some of these problems:
- Bad battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing won’t operate.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system unexpectedly turns on or off, or won’t shut off.
- Your system is producing strange noises, like 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 message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, along the lines of “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is continuously working, won’t run or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.
You may think something is up with your heating and cooling system, but if you just started using the Nest, we advise you start with your thermostat first. This is especially true if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been relying on your heat or air conditioning frequently.
Our Specialists Can Fix Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t fix the issue, a smart thermostat professional like one from Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning can provide support. We can identify the issue and put in a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are created to make your life simpler, by automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to keep an eye on temps while you’re out. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t operate properly, but our heating and cooling experts at Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning can resolve the problem fast.
If you’re running into atypical heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at to set up your appointment now.