It’s never more important for heating systems to work correctly than in the dead of winter. Those with energy efficient homes will know that installing an electronic thermostat can keep your home much more comfortable and save you a substantial amount on your monthly bills. After all, if you turn your thermostat down by 10 degrees when you leave for an 8-hour work day, you could save 10% on your heating and air conditioning bill each month! Most homeowners won’t take notice of how well their thermostats help regulate their home heating systems — until they break, that is. While it’s much more common to need HVAC repair than to have your thermostat fixed, it’s not a bad idea to rule out the possibility of a thermostat issue before calling for HVAC repair.
How can you tell if your thermostat isn’t working correctly?
- If the room temperature doesn’t match your thermostat display
When the room feels boiling hot or freezing cold but the temperature read on your thermostat doesn’t reflect that, something may be amiss with the thermostat. You can check the actual temperature of the room by taping a small thermometer next to the thermostat on the wall. Be sure to place a paper towel behind the thermometer so it won’t be impacted by temperature transfer. Wait 15 minutes and check the thermometer’s read against that of your thermostat. If there’s more than a one-degree difference, your thermostat is probably inaccurate. Before calling for repairs, make sure the interior of your thermostat is clean, that the box is level, and that its location is not in direct sunlight or by drafty doors or windows.
- If your furnace won’t turn on
When your furnace won’t turn on in winter, it’s easy to work yourself up into a panic. But while it’s possible that you’ll need furnace repair to get your system in order, but you might not necessarily need HVAC repair or replacement. If your furnace won’t turn on, check the power source for blown fuses, dead batteries, or tripped breakers. You should also look for excessive dirt, dust, spider webs, and other build-up within your thermostat. These may coat the interior of the thermostat and cause its components to stop working. Use a soft paintbrush or compressed air to clean the inside. You may also want to check for loose screws or wires inside the thermostat. While these may not be at the source of your problem, it’s good to rule them out before calling for HVAC repair.
- If your furnace won’t turn off (or won’t stay off consistently)
A furnace that won’t turn off might not be as dire as one that won’t turn on, but it can certainly be bothersome. You should check for buildup of dirt and other residue inside your thermostat unit. Make sure that the box itself is level, as its being even slightly off can cause significant issues. Finally, see whether adjusting the temperature has any impact on how long the furnace stays on or off. Again, these may not solve the problem but they can give you and your repair person a better idea of what might be at the source of the issue.
Whether you need heating and cooling repair or want a better option that provides energy efficient heating this winter, we’ve got you covered. We can help make your home more comfortable and make your energy bills much more bearable. For more information, get in touch with us today.