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  1. #1
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    Default Anyone else here unhappy with a NEST thermostat?

    I bought one for my daughter and installed it in her new house. She is NOT happy with it. Yes it looks cool and it is pretty easy to program, though time consuming. The problem is the learning mode. We haven't figured out how to turn that off.

    The problem with the learning mode is that if you aren't walking back and forth in front of the thing the whole time your home, it thinks your away and turns the heat down. She sits in front of it when watching TV, but because she isn't moving around much, or at least not moving above the top of the chair, she ends up freezing.

    She's been reading the operating manual, which is the size of a novel and I'm sure she will eventually find out how to stop the learning mode, but for now, she does not like it. Her house is wired so she does not have a wifi to control it with so that might be part of the problem too. It looks like some controls are only available thru the wifi.

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    Default Re: Anyone else here unhappy with a NEST thermostat?

    Just goes to show that electronics are NOT as great as they're purported to be. Give me an analog dial, switch, or control any day of the week over all this electronic gizmo garbage!
    Come to Hidden Content for all your DIY needs

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    Default Re: Anyone else here unhappy with a NEST thermostat?

    I bet there is some kind of override to keep the temp from dropping.
    I have an older Honeywell programmable thermostat that is fairly easy to program and easy to override. All the instruction inside the cover are enough to operate it even though it has a small manual.
    To much high tech isn't always needed or worth the cost.

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    Default Re: Anyone else here unhappy with a NEST thermostat?

    For around $25 you can get a mechanical thermostat that most likely will never fail.

    These programmable units are designed to fail for one purpose only, and you know what it is.

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    Default Re: Anyone else here unhappy with a NEST thermostat?

    "If you can't dazzle them with technology...."

    Which is the problem here. Perhaps there is something which can be done to make it work the way you want it to, but very few people need anything more than a simple 'set-back' thermostat which is easy to program, easy to over-ride, relatively cheap, and reliable. Why does anyone need a machine to do their thinking for them? If you can't be bothered to figure out what temperature you want it to be no machine is going to be able to help you.

    When you get done reading the complex operating manual and still can't figure it out, ask the manufacturer. Or simply go buy something better for your purposes and sell the darn thing.

    Phil

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    Default Re: Anyone else here unhappy with a NEST thermostat?

    One more problem with the Nest;

    It has NO battery back up and completely forgets ALL commands after 13 hours. So if you have a power outage you have to start from scratch.

    We found this out while remodeling a house where we needed to trip breakers for framing.

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