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Is your heating and cooling system not turning on? Does it shut off before reaching the desired temperature? Does itcontinuously turn on and off in short cycles? Don’t immediately blame your heater or air conditioner. The true culprit could be your thermostat.
Although small, your thermostat plays a significant role in your home’s comfort and it could be the real issue is one of these three common thermostat problems.
By far, the most common thermostat problem is improper placement. It sounds minor, but where you place your thermostat in your home plays a large role in your comfort level and your system’s efficiency. If a thermostat is placed too close to a vent or in direct sunlight, it will give inaccurate readings or cause your heating and cooling system to work harder than it needs to.
Where to place your thermostat:
Over time, dust and dirt accumulate on the inside of your thermostat. This can lead to inaccurate temperature readings that cause your cooling and heating system to function incorrectly. To fix this common thermostat problem, remove the housing and use a soft brush to gently clean the moving parts.
It may be that your thermostat problem is simply a result of an older thermostat that could benefit from being replaced. Older mercury-based thermostats are less accurate than today’s digital, electronic thermostats. Modern programmable thermostats regulate your temperature within one or two degrees of accuracy and help you save up to 15% on your energy bills by only running your system when you are home and awake.
If you are still having problems with your thermostat or heating and cooling system, contact the professionals at Service Champions.