The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats on the market today. And for good reason. It picks up on your temperature preferences and makes an energy-efficient schedule to match. And by geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E realize when you’re at your home or gone and can raise and lower 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 good idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to contact your energy company for valuable rebates, since you could be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.
Once you’ve confirmed it’s compatible, you can either install it yourself or contact a HVAC professional like Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning. If you’re putting it in yourself, you’ll spot a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is solely used for powering your thermostat. If your house 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 pull ample power from other heating and cooling wires.
In some cases, your heating and cooling system might require that C-wire. And here’s why.
Why Your Nest Keeps Losing Power and Other Malfunctions
The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement 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 link to Wi-Fi, power its digital display and operate your heating and cooling system.
8 Common Nest Thermostat Issues
If it can’t receive enough juice, Nest says you may run into some of these issues:
- Short battery life.
- Thermostat motion sensing is disabled.
- Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
- Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t turn off.
- Your system is creating strange noises, including 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 notice on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
- The system fan is always on, won’t run or turns off and on repeatedly in a short period of time.
You may believe something is wrong with your heating and cooling system, but if you just got the Nest, it’s best to start with your thermostat right away. This is especially pertinent if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been using your heat or air conditioning consistently.
Our Professionals Can Solve Nest Thermostat Issues
If you’ve tried Nest thermostat troubleshooting by yourself but can’t repair the issue, a smart thermostat professional such as one from Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can provide support. We can determine the malfunction and install a C-wire, if required.
Smart thermostats such as the Nest are designed to make your life easier, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the option to keep an eye on temperatures while you’re out. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t operate correctly, but our heating and cooling specialists at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can resolve the problem quickly.
If you’re experiencing strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, reach out to us at to book your appointment today.