I have a Trane XR95 furnace and I replaced my original Honeywell Pro 4000 thermostat with a 3rd gen. Nest.

I noticed, however, after installing the Nest that I can't get the fan to run on its own like it did with my Honeywell thermostat -- it only runs when it's heating the house. On my Honeywell, there was a 'Fan' switch that I could flip (from 'auto' to 'on') that would run just the fan (see the first picture below).

Now, on my Nest, if I take my 'G' wire and connect it to 'Y1', my Nest allows me to run the fan but it's temperature-controlled. So the fan will only kick on after a certain temperature is passed (e.g., if the house is hotter than 80 degrees, the fan will run). However, this is a bad hack because I don't have A/C so it could run a long time without really cooling the house down.

I've already spoken to a Nest representative and we went through a good 2 hr. troubleshooting where we checked voltages and what-not, which resulted in him sending me a replacement base saying the base might be faulty. But that didn't help.

I'm wondering if anyone has run into this problem before and if there are any suggestions. Thanks in advance!

  1. Image of Honeywell Pro 4000
  2. My Honeywell back plate wiring -- note the jumper between 'Rc' and 'R', which Nest apparently doesn't need because it's all internal.
  3. My Nest wiring
  4. My furnace's wiring (Trane XR95) -- The only thing I changed since this picture was taken is that I connected the blue wire to the top of the 'C' slot. This allowed constant power to be sent to the Nest.
  • Where does the cable heading off to the bottom in the furnace wiring photo go? May 23, 2017 at 1:16
  • @ThreePhaseEel, if you're talking about the red, green, and blue cables, they go downstairs into the thermostat.
    – FilmiHero
    May 23, 2017 at 1:33
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    there is red-green-white-(blue) that goes up to the top of the photo (which should be the thermostat cable) and another red-green-blue that goes off to the bottom of the photo... May 23, 2017 at 1:45
  • Why is the red wire in the Rc terminal? Is this a weird Nest thing? Typically if you're controlling a furnace (heat), you'd have it in Rh.
    – Tester101
    May 23, 2017 at 14:23
  • I have the exact same problem. They also sent me a new base, but that didn't fix it. Have you resolved it so far?
    – Josh Jobin
    Oct 18, 2017 at 12:03

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I believe you need to move the red wire at the Nest to the Rh terminal. Rh is 24v from the Heating system. The Rc terminal is 24 volts from the Cooling system. Change that around and see if your issue is fixed.

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