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How to Troubleshoot Thermostat Issues

How to Troubleshoot Thermostat Issues

Your thermostat is a vital tool in keeping your home comfortable, your energy costs down, and your system from wearing out. Therefore, it can be frustrating and expensive to have a faulty thermostat. Knowing how to test your thermostat and figure out what’s wrong will help you spend less time frustrated and have your home back to normal in no time.

Keep reading for some helpful tips on troubleshooting your thermostat.

Test the Temperature

One of the most common issues with thermostats is they read an inaccurate temperature. The best way to see if this is an issue is to test the temperature with another thermometer and compare. Simply place a thermometer that can read ambient temperature near your thermostat and compare the readings. Even a few degrees off could make a difference. You may want to try several thermometers in order to ensure an accurate reading.

Try Everything

If your thermostat doesn’t seem to be working right, but you can’t figure out the issue, try playing with the settings on the device. Set different temperatures, try placing a schedule, turn the fan on and off, and more. You may be able to catch an issue by isolating the device’s different functions.

Watch for Connection Issues

Another common issue is that the thermostat is not properly connecting with your furnace or air conditioner. This is often a wiring issue that should be addressed by a professional.

A connection issue may be in the form of short-cycling, which is when the system constantly turns on and off throughout the day. Maybe the system is delayed when turning on, or it turns on at a different temperature than what you have set. These are all issues that indicate your thermostat isn’t working properly and should be replaced or repaired.

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