How to Tell if Your Thermostat is the Problem

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One of the easiest air conditioning and furnace repair issues in Park City that we regularly see is when a thermostat is on the fritz. Like the command center of a military outpost, almost all the information about your home’s heating and cooling system is run through the thermostat. Is it too hot? Is it too cold? Is it the right hour to start the system kicking into high gear?

While a digital thermostat can be a great way to maintain your home’s temperature, a malfunctioning thermostat can wreak all kinds of havoc—if only because you might suspect a much larger problem than you actually have. The common signs of thermostat irregularity include:

  • The temperature in the home doesn’t match the temperature on the thermostat reading
  • Your heating/cooling unit turns on and off much more frequently than it needs to
  • You frequently wake up to a house that is too hot/too cold

These are all signs of a broken furnace or air conditioner—and are also signs of a broken thermostat. Before you consider costly repairs to a furnace or air conditioner, you may want to try some troubleshooting of your own.

Troubleshooting Your Thermostat

  • Replace the Batteries: If it sounds simple, that’s because it is. Weak or old batteries might be causing your thermostat to encounter technology errors without actually turning all the way off. Replace the batteries and see if that fixes your system. You might also want to check the power source if you have an older thermostat to make sure it’s getting the juice it needs to run properly.
  • Clean the Thermostat: Dust and dirt can get into the cracks of your thermostat and damage the temperature regulating portions of the device. After disconnecting the power source, open the cover of the device and look inside, and use a compressed can of air or paintbrush to brush away the dirt. This is something you should do during your annual maintenance anyway.
  • Look at the Connections: Like any other electrical device, thermostats will eventually break down and need to be replaced. If you’ve already opened the thermostat to clean it, also take a moment to tighten screws and check the wires. If anything looks frayed or worn, it might be time to have the thermostat replaced.
  • Check the Area: Is your thermostat located in a particularly drafty area? Is it susceptible to the cold or heat every time the door opens? You may need to relocate the thermostat to an area where it won’t be so susceptible to changing temperatures.
  • Level the Thermostat: Because the anticipator on a thermostat is so sensitive, it’s important that the device remains level. Get out your tools and double-check to make sure everything is flat.

If all else fails, you should call your air conditioning or furnace repair Heber professional. Whether your problem ends up being large or small, we can find the answers you’re looking for and make your home comfortable again.