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5 Signs of a Bad Thermostat

Your thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system. It’s the main source of control for your entire heating and cooling system. When your thermostat doesn’t work right, it can be a big headache.

Make sure you have a reliable thermostat in place at all times. It’s vital to know the signs of a broken or inaccurate thermostat in order to keep the rest of your system running. 

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5 Signs Your Thermostat Isn’t Working

A lot can go wrong with a thermostat, but a few common issues tend to crop up more often than others. Here are five signs that your thermostat isn’t working correctly:

Inaccurate temperature readings

Thermostats are supposed to deliver accurate temperature information right on the display. Sometimes the temperature sensor can become damaged and deliver a bad reading. Other times, a heating or cooling system nearby may be causing issues for the thermostat. It’s best to keep things away from the thermostat and consider installing additional temperature sensors throughout the home to get the most accurate reading.

Short-cycling or continuous running

If your HVAC system turns on and off quickly, it could be due to a failing thermostat. The device could be telling the heater or AC to run when it isn’t needed. Changing the thermostat settings or adjusting the temperature sensor could help fix the issue.

Higher energy bills

When your energy bills are high, it could be due to your HVAC system running more than it should. This could happen due to a faulty thermostat delivering the wrong signals to the system to tell it to run constantly. Fixing the thermostat can help to deliver accurate signals to the HVAC system.

The thermostat doesn’t respond to you changing its settings

A thermostat should change its settings whenever you adjust them. If the unit fails to keep the settings you put in place, there’s a serious issue. A repair, rewiring, or replacement could fix the problem.

It’s an older thermostat model

Over time, every thermostat breaks down and needs replacing or repair. If your thermostat doesn’t seem to function correctly, it may be time to get a new one.

 Steps To Take if Your Thermostat Isn’t Working

Thermostat problems can be stressful, but they can also be solved easily. When your thermostat malfunctions, try:

  • Checking the batteries or circuit breaker: However your thermostat receives power, check to see if the power source is working right.
  • Inspecting the thermostat for debris: Dust could have collected in the thermostat, causing issues with temperature readings and function.
  • Checking the thermostat settings: Look through the thermostat settings to see if the unit is adjusted correctly for your needs.
  • Looking at the wiring: Damaged or disconnected wires can lead to thermostat problems, so adjusting the wires could solve the problem.


When To Call a Professional To Replace or Upgrade Your Thermostat

If you have tried all the above techniques to resolve your thermostat problems, it may be time to call a professional for help. The team at Heart of Ohio repairs and replaces thermostats of all kinds.

Our team can also swap out your old thermostat for a smart thermostat. These modern units make it easy to schedule temperature changes and track HVAC usage. We can install a new one for you and show you how easy they are to use.

Choose Heart of Ohio for All of Your HVAC Needs

Heart of Ohio can help any homeowner with thermostat services in the Northeastern Ohio area. Since 1922, we’ve been providing HVAC, plumbing, and electrical services. Our trained technicians specialize in their work and will provide a solution that suits your needs. When you want upfront pricing, financing, specials, and more, look to Heart of Ohio.

Schedule thermostat services for your home today — call 330-764-1011 to get started.

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