If your thermostat temperature isn’t correct, you can feel too warm or too cold and end up paying unnecessarily high energy bills. Since the thermostat controls how often your HVAC system cycles on and off, problems with how well it functions can also put extra wear and strain on your system’s costly components. If you suspect that your thermostat isn’t accurately reading the temperature in your home, try the following troubleshooting tips to improve its performance.
Clean the Interior
An accumulation of dust and dirt on the internal components can affect a thermostat’s ability to read temperatures correctly. You may be able to fix yours by removing the cover and dusting off the components with a soft-bristled brush. Clean the metal contacts too with a cotton swab dipped in electrical contract cleaner.
Recalibrate the Thermostat
If the thermostat’s sensor isn’t working properly, recalibrating the unit can sometimes solve the problem. If there’s no improvement in how well it functions, though, it’s likely time to buy a new model.
Check That It’s Level
Older mercury thermostats can go out of kilter if they’re accidentally bumped. To fix this, put a carpenter’s level above the unit and reposition it until it’s sitting level again. Replacing it is your best option if this doesn’t help.
Verify the Location
To read and control the temperature accurately, a thermostat should be in a central location, out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources, drafts and airflow from HVAC registers. If its current location is a concern, getting it moved it may help improve its performance.
Consider Its Age
If your thermostat is older, it may simply be showing a decline in reliability due to its age. If the above-mentioned fixes don’t work, you should replace it with a new unit. Upgrading to a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat can also let you take advantage of the latest technology and convenience features that enhance comfort and energy savings.
If thermostat temperature inaccuracies are affecting comfort and energy consumption in your Central New Jersey home and you need expert advice, contact us today at Elite Air.