What You Should Know About Your Thermostat

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What You Should Know About Your Thermostat

When your A/C stops working in the middle of the summer or your heater malfunctions during a freezing cold night, your first instinct is to blame the air conditioner or heater. While it could be the case that your A/C unit or heater is malfunctioning, sometimes the perpetrator is the thermostat.

While it may seem like an unlikely suspect, a thermostat that is malfunctioning can end up causing all kinds of issues with your heating and air. In this article, you will learn about how thermostats actually work, how we go about fixing one, and what you may be able to do to prevent the issue from reoccurring in the future.

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What Is the Thermostats Job?

A thermostat’s job is to accurately detect the temperature of the air in your home. Your thermostat can be programmed to automatically activate your A/C or heating until it reaches a pre-specified temperature.

It is something that regulates the temperature of your A/C unit and you can program the unit to be activated with a remote device. In order to install one, we shut off your entire A/C system and remove the previous thermostat if you already have one installed.

As soon as the base of the thermostat is on, we want to fully connect all of the wires to their proper place on the new thermostat and mount it properly on the wall. As soon as your thermostat is successfully mounted, you will be able to turn your unit back on.

Fixing A Broken Thermostat

There are various scenerios as to why your thermostat may fail to work. For one, if your thermostat was installed improperly, it can stop working. By moving your thermostat to a location that has a flat surface, it can correct the issue. Thermostats may even fail to work if there is a lot of dust, dirt, or other debris in it which can cause its sensors to be unable to detect the temperature in the home.

In this case, you will want to remove the thermostat and clear out the unit with an air compressor. Having an older thermostat can actually cause the unit to malfunction due to the wiring getting messed up. Because of this, you will need to replace it if the wiring is faulty. Likewise, any extreme changes in the temperature of your home can end up resulting in a non-working thermostat. In these cases, a replacement is typically required.

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Regular HVAC Maintenance

In order to prevent your thermostat from malfunctioning, we recommend doing routine maintenance on your entire system. Having routine maintenance done at regular intervals can keep your system from having issues even in other areas.

You also want to swap out the air filters of the unit in order to ensure you aren’t placing too much strain on the system.

It might not be a bad idea to turn on the system regularly to ensure everything is working smoothly. By performing a lot of these maintenance steps throughout the year, you should be able to prevent larger issues. Any serious issues will need a professional HVAC technician to resolve them.

For all of your home heating and cooling needs, contact us today!

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