4 Common Thermostat Problems You Need to Know
If your home has a central heating system, then you have a thermostat. These come in four different forms which are non-programmable, programmable, Wi-Fi, and smart. At their most basic level, they all allow you to set the desired temperature for your home. They all tend to have common issues from time to time that you need to be able to deal with so you can get back to enjoying the heat your system provides in those cold winter months.
No Power At The Display
One of the most common issues that homeowners have with their thermostat is that the display screen has no power. This could be a simple fix as you may have just turned off the thermostat by accident thinking it was a light switch. If not, check the batteries for the thermostat. Most take two AA batteries. You should opt for utilizing lithium batteries over traditional alkaline batteries as they last longer. If these two fixes don't solve the problem, check out your circuit breaker for a trip.
If you're trying to replace your old thermostat with a new one, you have to ensure they're compatible. Your local HVAC professional can help you to easily do this. If you want to attempt to do this on your own, you'll need to know the type, capacity, and capability of your home heating system. If your new thermostat isn't working with your HVAC system, it's likely a result of a miscommunication between non-compatible components.
Debris Causing System Failure Or Malfunction
Your thermostat needs to be cleaned regularly to ensure there is no loose debris that will lead to system failures or malfunctions. To clean your thermostat, start by removing the cover. You'll want to gently wipe over the interior components to remove dust and debris. Move the thermostat to both low and high settings while you're cleaning the bimetallic coil to ensure that you get all the debris removed.
Your thermostat is connected to wiring that runs to your panel box. Over time, these wires can become loose, faulty, and even completely disconnected from one another. If you have an interruption in your thermostat connection, it could be due to faulty wiring or a loose connection. You should have an experienced HVAC pro or electrician assess the wiring to your thermostat if you believe it's the reason for your thermostat malfunction.
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If you're experiencing thermostat problems, our HVAC professional staff can assist you today. We're knowledgeable about various types of central heating systems and their inner workings. We can get your thermostat fixed and your heating system back up and running in no time.