The Nest thermostat is one of the best-selling smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It figures out 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 away and can adjust temps to help you save even more.
The Nest is compatible with a wide range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a wise idea to check the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to check with your energy provider for valuable rebates, as you might 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 contact a HVAC professional like Air Concepts of Middle Georgia. If you’re wiring it yourself, you’ll see 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 problem because the thermostat can draw enough power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system could have to have that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Problems
The Google Nest Thermostat is better than outdated programmable thermostats that have a combination of wiring and AA batteries for power.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 Problems
If it can’t draw ample juice, Nest says you could run into some of these troubles:
- Poor battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing is disabled.
- Your thermostat sometimes disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
- Your system is creating weird 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 message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is constantly running, won’t run or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You might think something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just installed the Nest, we advise you start with your thermostat initially. This is especially true if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Professionals Can Fix Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve gone through Nest thermostat troubleshooting on your own but can’t fix the problem, a smart thermostat pro such as one from Air Concepts of Middle Georgia can support you. We can determine the problem and add a C-wire, if necessary.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are designed to make your life easier, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the opportunity to keep an eye on temperatures while you’re out. It’s a frustrating experience when yours won’t run like it should, but our heating and cooling experts at Air Concepts of Middle Georgia can resolve the issue fast.
If you’re experiencing odd heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at to set up your appointment right away.