When something goes wrong with your heating and cooling system, the first thing you probably blame is your furnace, heat pump or air conditioner. But the real culprit could be your thermostat.
Although small in stature, your thermostat has a large role. After all, it is responsible for monitoring the comfort level of your entire Virginia Beach area home.
If your home comfort system is turning off prematurely, constantly cycling on and off, or not turning on at all, you may have one of these common thermostat problems.
Improper Thermostat Placement
In real estate, the motto is “location, location, location.” When installing a home heating and air conditioning system, this should also be the mantra when placing a thermostat. The wrong location can mean increased energy bills, an overworked heater or air conditioner and an uncomfortable home.
Thermostats placed in direct sunlight or under a vent suffer from inaccurate readings, which cause system inefficiency. If your system is not running correctly, check this list of thermostat placement problems.
Make sure your thermostat is placed:
- Out of direct sunlight
- Away from air vents
- In a centralized location (hallway)
- Away from heat sources (ovens, stoves & fireplaces)
Dirt Accumulation in Your Thermostat
Another common problem is the accumulation of dirt and dust that can occur on the inside of your thermostat. This buildup of dirt and debris affects the function of your thermostat, often causing inaccurate temperature readings. Luckily, the solution is relatively simple: remove the plastic housing around your thermostat and use a very soft brush to clean the internal parts.
Old, Inaccurate Thermostat
Another common thermostat problem we frequently observe in Virginia Beach is older, unreliable thermostats. Many old thermostats are mercury based and no longer as accurate as the digital and electronic thermostats of today. The solution to this problem is also simple: purchase a new thermostat. A newer, programmable model will not only increase your comfort but also improve your energy efficiency (with savings of up to 15%!)
Of course, your thermostat is not always the solution. If it is already in a good location, clean and relatively new, there may be another problem with your heating and cooling system. HVAC Warehouse can help you diagnose and repair it.
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