Thermostat Issue? Here’s What to Know

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Our thermostats not only check the temperature, but they also serve to make sure the actual desired temperature is maintained in our home. We depend on our thermostat to detect the temperature – and then match the desired temperature we want in our home!

That means our thermostat plays an integral part in our family’s comfort in the home.

When our thermostats are operating as it should, all is well. But when they start acting weird and not operating properly, there are a couple of steps you can take to get to the root of the problem. Once your thermostat is working accurately again, you can have peace of mind and your family can go back to having ultimate comfort.

First things first…

Ideally, our thermostats are kept clean and dust around or near the thermostat is regularly cleaned and removed. If not, this can actually be the source of our problem! Besides keeping our thermostat as clean as possible to avoid problems, also be sure that your thermostat is away from any hot lamps, sunlight or other sources of heat – even including electronics we have in the home.

In some cases, we’ve seen people with thermostats that are too close to a window where direct sunlight is directly hitting the thermostat. This can impact the thermostat’s ability to be accurate, and keep it from working as it should.

It may sound obvious to some, but in certain homes, this can be the issue. If your thermostat require WiFi, of not having a consistent connection can be to blame.

First, make sure you don’t need new batteries.

It’s true that old age, problems with wiring, or even issues with the transformer could be at fault for the problems you are experiencing.

When it comes to troubleshooting on your own, what you can do is check that the batteries are working as they should.

All thermostats are different, and some models don’t actually require batteries. If you have trouble changing or finding out more details about your specific thermostat and its source of power/batteries it requires, let us know.

Call your HVAC expert.

Typically your thermostat is not acting up just due to batteries – rather, it may be a mechanical or operational issue. There can be quite a few reasons for a thermostat that isn’t working right. When we come to your home or place of business, we’ll typically check the circuit breaker and we make sure your flame sensor, filters or coils – or a combination of these factors – are not a problem that’s really to blame. (That’s part of why your regular maintenance is important.)

If it isn’t a frozen coil or dirty filter issue, we also make sure there is not grease build-up on the thermostat. In some cases, if your thermostat is simply old and not functioning properly, a solution is to get a more modern model.

Part of the benefit of having an expert come to your home is you can see if your thermostat really has gone bad or not. By checking the wires and your entire HVAC unit, we’re able to get to the root of the problem. If the problem you’re experiencing isn’t listed here – such as your programmable thermostat doesn’t save its program – it is just one more reason to give us a call.

Give the Experts at Greater Comfort a Call

Typically thermostats can be reliable and last for many years, but if you had a faulty installation or have wiring issues, you want a professional to fix the issue. We’ve installed, maintained and repaired more than 25,000 HVAC systems in our 28-year history. Give the experts at Greater Comfort a call today at 859-491-4915 today.