Your thermostat is essential to the comfort of your home, so if you need to replace your thermostat, it’s important to have that done as soon as you can. If your thermostat isn’t working, this leads to uncomfortable temperatures, with either your home being too hot in the summer or freezing cold in the winter. Your thermostat maintains a consistent, comfortable temperature so that no matter the season, you can find relief from outdoor temperatures inside your home.
In many cases, thermostats can be repaired, making for a quick, easy fix to your heating and cooling systems. In other cases, repairs aren’t enough, and you’ll need to replace your thermostat.
Here are nine signs you can watch out for that may indicate it’s time to replace your thermostat.
A properly running HVAC system keeps the entirety of your home at a consistent temperature. If some rooms are warmer or colder than others, this could mean that your thermostat is impacting how well your system runs, resulting in rooms closer to the HVAC system closer to the desired temperature, while rooms further away are hardly affected.
Wrong Temperature Readings
Your thermostat should not just show your desired temperature, but also the current temperature in your home. If your thermostat starts to fail, it can begin showing false temperatures. If your thermostat claims your home is a certain temperature, but it’s colder or warmer than that, it’s likely that you’ll need to replace it.
Increasing Energy Bills
When your thermostat isn’t working properly, you may find yourself with suspiciously high energy bills. This can happen when your thermostat doesn’t respond to changed settings or when it’s running for longer than it’s meant to, resulting in more usage than you want and ergo, a higher energy bill.
Doesn’t Respond To Changed Settings
Thermostats are supposed to adjust to any changes you make to the set temperatures. But if your thermostat doesn’t respond to your changed settings, this typically means that there’s a problem and that you may need to replace your thermostat.
Your HVAC Unit Won’t Start
The thermostat controls whether or not your heating and cooling systems run, so if your heating or cooling system isn’t turning on, this is likely an issue with the thermostat. Wiring can loosen, making it so that the connection between your thermostat and your HVAC systems breaks, resulting in your HVAC unit not starting when you want it to.
Your HVAC Unit Runs Constantly
Conversely, if your HVAC unit is running constantly, this could be another issue with your thermostat’s wiring, leading to your thermostat telling your systems that they need to be running when they don’t.
Your HVAC Unit Turns Off And On By Itself
Another frustrating indicator of your thermostat needing replacement is when your heating or cooling turns itself on and off, instead of running when it’s meant to and turning off when it’s achieved your desired temperature. This indicates faulty wiring in your thermostat, meaning that it’s sending inconsistent signals to your system.
Your HVAC Unit Short Cycles
If your HVAC unit short-cycles, this means that it does turn on when it’s supposed to, but then it turns itself off before reaching the temperature you set it to. This short-cycling can mean that your thermostat is coming to the end of its days.
Nothing lasts forever. As with anything else, the older your thermostat is and the more wear it sustains, the more trouble it will have working and it may begin to malfunction. If your thermostat is old and outdated, it’s time to upgrade to a newer model.
Do You Need To Replace Your Thermostat?
Having a functional thermostat is crucial to having a comfortable home. If your thermostat fails, this means that you’ll likely end up paying more than you should on your energy bills and that your home isn’t a comfortable temperature – or, at least, doesn’t stay at a comfortable temperature for long. When you replace your thermostat, you’ll both save yourself money and ensure the comfort of your home.
Here at R & D Heating And Air, we understand the importance of maintaining a comfortable climate in your home and the role that your thermostat plays in that. If you suspect your thermostat of malfunctioning, we can see if the issue is something simple repairs can fix. If not, we can replace your thermostat. We provide exceptional thermostat repairs, replacements, and other services throughout Utah. To schedule a service or for any questions you may have, please feel free to contact us at R & D Heating And Air today!