Is Your Thermostat Working Properly?

07.28.20

Is Your Thermostat Working Properly?

Having problems with your HVAC system? Check your thermostat. Your thermostat controls your HVAC system, and if it is poorly installed or not working properly, it can make it appear that something much more troubling—and expensive—is going on.

Signs Your Thermostat May Need to Be Replaced

The thermostat isn’t responding to settings changes: Your home is feeling warm, so you adjust your thermostat, and nothing happens. If you make changes to your thermostat settings and nothing happens, or it takes a long time to respond, then it’s likely that your thermostat is faulty and needs to be replaced.

Your HVAC system won’t turn on: This is an undeniable issue! If your HVAC system isn’t responding to your thermostat settings, then it’s time to change it out.

Programmed settings are lost: Many people have upgraded to programmable thermostats. They make life easier, are sleek and modern, and can often result in lower energy bills. But what does it mean if your thermostat repeatedly loses its preprogrammed settings? Hint: It’s time for a new thermostat.

Troubleshooting Your Thermostat

Before you replace your thermostat, there are a few things to check.

  • Batteries – If your thermostat operates on batteries, it could be that they are dead and need to be replaced. Change your batteries out and then observe if your HVAC responsiveness improves.
  • Screen – If your thermostat has a screen, check to see that it lights up. A blank or dark screen usually indicates that something is wrong with the thermostat.
  • Location – Direct sun hitting your thermostat? Not good! Direct sun means your thermostat will register warmer temperatures, and your HVAC system will turn on more often. On the other hand, a large opening behind a thermostat or a thermostat exposed to drafts will register that your home is colder than it is. Mount your thermostat in a place in your home that is neither too hot nor too cold.
  • Settings – Double check your settings. If you have your settings too high in the summer, the air conditioner will not register that it needs to turn on to cool your home.
  • Circuit Breakers – Finally, check your circuit breakers. If a breaker switch has tripped, it will need to be reset. Then you can test your thermostat again.

Not sure how to install a new thermostat, or wondering what the best thermostat for your home is? Or perhaps you need clarification on something from this article? Give us a call anytime! We are happy to help. 770-813-1316.