Troubleshooting Thermostat Problems Could Keep Your Temperature Settings in Check

If your home’s central heating or A/C system is malfunctioning, or not working, you might first determine whether your HVAC equipment or the thermostat is the problem. It would be good if it was a thermostat problem since that’s often a less expensive fix than an issue with the cooling or heating system. Here are some common thermostat problems.

HVAC System Won’t Run

Check to make sure the HVAC system and thermostat are getting power. If not, the problem could be a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse. First, flip the circuit switch to the equipment all the way off and then back on, and then see if the system resumes operation. If the thermostat is powered by batteries, replace them to see if that works. Contact a trusted professional if these solutions don’t work.

If still issues, open the thermostat casing, and if it’s dirty use a small brush to clean it out. Over time, the thermostat’s workings are known to get coated in dust, which can interfere with its mechanical and electrical operations.

If the wiring is loose or disconnected, reconnect it but make sure the power is off before fiddling with the electricity. Call a professional next if you can’t address the wiring problem.

Thermostat and Room Temperatures Don’t Match

This is another spot where the thermostat might be dirty. If cleaning doesn’t work, check to make sure that the thermostat is level. If it’s not level, or has been improperly installed, it can offset settings and calibration.

Also, make sure the thermostat is located in an ideal spot. It should not be placed on a wall that receives direct sunlight or cool drafts. If it’s responding to atypical conditions, it won’t properly cool or heat other parts of the house.

Thermostat Shuts Down for No Reason, Or Won’t Shut Off

This is another situation where the thermostat may need cleaning. In a mechanical thermostat, there can be a malfunction in the anticipator, which might force the system to shut down for no apparent reason or even keep it running even after the desired temperature has been reached.

If you can’t solve thermostat problems in your Frederick area home, contact Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning.

 

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