Your thermostat may not be something you think about often, but it plays a big role in the effectiveness of your HVAC system. A good indication that you need a new one is your HVAC system struggling to keep the correct temperature in your Charleston, WV, home.
Incorrect Temperature Reading
Does your home feel cooler than normal, but your thermostat is showing a higher temperature? The device might be failing, but the location could also be the issue. If your thermostat is in a room with fluctuating temperatures like the kitchen, it may be picking up a heat source like an oven.
A few factors can trigger a blank screen, such as blown fuses, tripped circuit breakers, dead batteries or dirty wires. Check the breaker panel to see if the HVAC switch is still on. You can check for blown fuses or dead batteries, but if that doesn’t help, the device needs replacing.
HVAC System Not Turning On/Off
Faulty thermostats won’t turn off the HVAC systems they control. During HVAC maintenance, professionals will check for refrigerant leaks, dirty filters, debris in vents and clear condensate line clogs. If there’s no clear reason your system is struggling, it’s probably the thermostat. If your HVAC system doesn’t turn on after installing a new thermostat, it may not be compatible. If your system is more than 10 years old, it may need replacing.
Higher Energy Bills
When you’re suddenly paying more for energy bills with no major change, this may be due to the thermostat. A thermostat that’s misreading the temperature will make your HVAC unit work harder by cycling on and off multiple times within a short time and waste energy.
Thermostats have a lifespan of about 10 years, but they can become outdated before that. There are many innovations in the market, and programmable thermostats are replacing non-programmable thermostats. A thermostat powered by newer technology gives you more freedom and helps lower unnecessary energy use.
A faulty thermostat struggles to maintain the correct temperature in your home. If you have questions about your HVAC system or thermostat in Charleston, WV, call E.J. Thompson & Son LLC to schedule an appointment today.
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