The Nest thermostat is one of the most popular smart thermostats you can buy. And for good reason. It learns your temperature preferences and develops an energy-efficient schedule to match. And by geofencing with your phone, the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest E are aware of when you’re at your residence or out and about and can adjust temperatures 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 check the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before installing one. Don’t forget to talk with your energy provider for valuable rebates, as you may be able to get a Nest for free or close to it.

Once you’ve checked it’s compatible, you can either hook it up without help or contact a HVAC pro like Luikart Heating & Cooling. If you’re wiring it yourself, you’ll notice a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is only used for powering your thermostat. If your home or HVAC system is older, you might not have one of these wires. In most cases, Nest says this isn’t a problem since the thermostat can get enough power from other heating and cooling wires.

Sometimes, 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 uses 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 receive enough electricity, Nest says you may run into some of these issues:

  1. Poor battery life.
  2. Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
  3. Your thermostat every now and then disconnects from Wi-Fi.
  4. Your system abruptly turns on or off, or won’t stop running.
  5. Your system is making weird noises, like chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
  6. Heating or cooling is short cycling, or frequently turning on and off in a short period of time.
  7. There is a delay notice on your Nest thermostat’s screen, like “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
  8. The system fan is always on, won’t turn on 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 installed the Nest, it’s best to start with your thermostat right away. This is especially timely if the weather is moderate, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning much.

Our Pros Can Solve Nest Thermostat Problems

If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting without help but can’t repair the problem, a smart thermostat pro such as one from Luikart Heating & Cooling can provide support. We can pinpoint the problem and add a C-wire, if needed.

Smart thermostats including the Nest are designed to make your life easier, with automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to keep an eye on settings while you’re on the go. It’s an annoying experience when yours won’t operate correctly, but our heating and cooling specialists at Luikart Heating & Cooling can resolve the issue quickly.

If you’re running into strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, give us a call at 740-344-5497 to set up your appointment right away.