The Nest thermostat is one of the top-selling smart thermostats you can get. And for good reason. It learns 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 residence or away and can raise and lower temperatures to help you save even more.

The Nest works with a vast range of 24-volt heating and cooling systems, but it’s always a smart idea to use the Nest thermostat compatibility checker before purchasing one. Don’t forget to check with your energy provider for valuable rebates, since you might 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 call a HVAC specialist like Desert Husky HVAC/R Services. If you’re putting it in yourself, you’ll notice a terminal for the C-wire, or common wire. This wire is solely 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 since the thermostat can pull enough 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 Problems

The Google Nest Thermostat is an improvement from older programmable thermostats that have 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 Malfunctions

If it can’t draw adequate electricity, Nest says you may encounter some of these issues:

  1. Poor battery life.
  2. Thermostat motion sensing won’t work.
  3. Your thermostat occasionally disconnects from Wi-Fi.
  4. Your system unexpectedly turns on or off, or won’t stop running.
  5. Your system is producing odd noises, like chattering, stuttering, clicking or thumping.
  6. Heating or cooling is short cycling, or constantly turning on and off in a short period of time.
  7. There is a delay message on your Nest thermostat’s screen, along the lines of “heating is delayed for 2:30 minutes.”
  8. The system fan is always on, won’t switch on or turns off and on frequently in a short period of time.

You could believe something is suspect with your heating and cooling system, but if you just started using the Nest, we recommend you start with your thermostat first. This is especially timely if the weather is mild, and you haven’t been running your heat or air conditioning much.

Our Professionals Can Fix Nest Thermostat Troubles

If you’ve attempted Nest thermostat troubleshooting without help but can’t solve the problem, a smart thermostat specialist including one from Desert Husky HVAC/R Services can provide support. We can pinpoint the issue and add a C-wire, if necessary.

Smart thermostats such as the Nest are made to make your life easier, through automatic energy-efficient programming and the ability to monitor temperatures while you’re on the go. It’s a time-consuming experience when yours won’t operate correctly, but our heating and cooling pros at Desert Husky HVAC/R Services can take care of the problem in no time.

If you’re running into strange heating and cooling behavior with your new Nest, call us at 520-416-5415 to schedule your appointment now.