I Have connected the Blue wire to the C terminal on a 3rd Generation Nest and to the Blue wires on the Transformer....... But the Nest Thermostat does not show the Blue wire connected on the Equipment Detected Page of the Nest Thermostat.

The Problem is the Heater Has Short Cycles when heating. Nest support folks say a C wire is needed.

Help Needed !!!!!!!

  • Old Goodman Heater
    – Ed J Panco
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 14:15
  • Do you need help with how to run more wires or is your question why the blue wire you connected not working?
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 17:41
  • Thanks Why the Blue wire when connected is not working ????
    – Ed J Panco
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 19:53
  • What model is your heater? Can you measure 24VAC across R and C at the Nest? Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 23:17
  • I am away for a few days, I will measure the voltage and post ASAP.Check back in a few days,
    – Ed J Panco
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 23:53

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The Nest is colorblind. It has no idea what color your wires are. The cutesy little Nest screen will show wire colors, but it's wild-guessing based on commonly used wire colors. In this example, the W wire might actually be brown, the G could be orange.

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The wire colors on the display mean nothing.

There is no official color code for the C wire, since it wasn't traditionally used in thermostats. You can use any color, as long as that wire isn't being used for something else.

The essential thing is that the C wire connects to the 24V side of the transformer, on the terminal which is not the one the R wire goes to.

Connecting C and R to the same terminal of the transformer would do nothing, and the Nest display would probably show C as not connected.

Whatever the Nest display is indicating about the "Blue" wire is irrelevant. It doesn't know or care what color you are using for the C wire. Blue is not an official color for the C wire, actually Blue and B are commonly used to switch a heat pump from heat mode to cool mode. If you don't have a heat pump and the wire color is unused in your cable, steal it for C.

See also Nest's page.

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