Your thermostat acts as the control center for your entire HVAC system. It needs to accurately read the temperature in your home, as well as turn the system on and off at appropriate times to ensure that the space is as comfortable as possible. When it malfunctions, for whatever reason, it can be disastrous for your household, especially when our patented Austin, TX heatwaves kick in. A trained air conditioning technician can fix most thermostat problems, and even in the worst cases, replacing a broken thermostat is fairly easy to do. Here’s a rundown of 3 common thermostat problems that can help you identify signs of trouble.
1. Electrical Problems
If the thermostat has a faulty circuit or it loses electrical power, it cannot function. Furthermore, the clock may reset whenever the electricity shuts off, making it impossible to time the system to turn on and off when you need it to. You usually need to replace the thermostat when this happens, though in some cases, a faulty wire or connection can be replaced.
2. Faulty Temperature Gauge
Thermostats often use coils of linked metal that expand and contract when the temperature changes. That allows them to read the temperature accurately and activate the system when needed. Problems with those coils or the connections to the rest of the system can lead to inaccurate temperature readings, which usually mean the thermostat must be replaced.
Sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with the thermostat at all, but if it’s placed in a drafty spot or gets too much sunlight, it might not read the temperature appropriately. In these cases, a trained professional can move the thermostat to a less problematic place in your home.
If you think your thermostat may be malfunctioning, or you’re using an older thermostat that can be replaced with a more advanced model, then the experts at Intelligent Air Services can help. Give us a call today.