How Do You Check if Your Thermostat Is Operating Correctly?

January 20, 2023

A thermostat is a device that controls the temperature in a room or building. It works by monitoring the room's temperature and adjusting the heating or cooling system accordingly. The types of thermostats include smart thermostats, programmable thermostats, and manual thermostats.

Not Reaching the Desired Temperature

Check the thermostat to ensure it is set to the desired level. For example, if you want the room to be at 72 degrees Fahrenheit, ensure that the thermostat is at 72 degrees. Observe the room's temperature. If it's not reaching the desired temperature, your thermostat may be malfunctioning and not properly registering the room's temperature. Check your air filter and replace it if it's dirty. If that doesn't help regulate the room temperature, give us a call.

Incorrect Temperature Readings

One of the signs that your thermostat needs to get fixed is incorrect temperature readings. If the thermostat displays a temperature that is different from the actual room temperature, it's likely that your thermostat isn't working correctly and should be checked by our professional technician. It's also important to rule out other factors, such as a dirty or blocked thermostat. A malfunctioning thermostat can cause your heating or cooling system to work harder than it should, resulting in higher energy bills and possibly damage to the system.

HVAC Won't Turn On

Turn the thermostat off, wait a few minutes, and then turn it back on at a high temperature to test the heating or a low temperature to check the cooling. Listen to hear if the HVAC comes on. If it does, monitor the temperature in the room. If it is changing in the appropriate direction, but the room is still uncomfortable, call us and schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment. If the HVAC doesn't turn on, then there might be a problem with the thermostat's wiring.

HVAC Won't Turn Off

HVAC units normally cycle on and off. A unit that runs constantly may not be receiving signals from the thermostat. This is one indication of a wiring problem occurring somewhere between the thermostat and the unit. Do not try and fix this issue yourself. An electrical shock from an HVAC system would not be a pleasant experience.

Short Cycling

Heating and cooling systems normally stay on until the room reaches the set temperature. At that point, they stay off for a while until the room temperature changes, and then they come back on. If they shut off before reaching the set temperature, this might be caused by a faulty thermostat. Don't let this issue continue because the increased number of cycles causes excessive wear and tear on the system.

No Power

One sign that your thermostat's batteries may be dead is a low battery warning. Open the thermostat cover and replace the batteries with fresh ones. If the problem persists and the unit doesn't power on, you probably need to purchase a new thermostat. They don't last forever. You can use this as an opportunity to purchase one of our programmable thermostats.

Damaged Thermostat

Your thermostat may not be working right due to physical damage. A damaged thermostat may get caused by various factors, such as wear and tear, accidental damage, or exposure to extreme temperatures. Some signs that your thermostat is physically damaged include a cracked or broken display screen, loose or missing buttons, physical damage to the thermostat's casing, and water damage. If you notice any of these signs, it is likely that your thermostat is damaged and needs to get replaced. It's important to avoid using a damaged thermostat as it can be dangerous and can cause your heating or cooling system to malfunction.

Loose Wiring

Another sign that your thermostat may not be working right is loose wiring. This can happen if the thermostat's wiring is loose or disconnected, which can cause it to malfunction. Some signs that your thermostat's wiring may be loose include your thermostat not responding to changes in temperature settings or making strange noises. Loose wiring can cause damage to the thermostat and the heating or cooling system and can also be a safety hazard.

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