3 Common Thermostat Issues that Need to be Addressed

Your Rolesville, NC, home’s thermostat plays an essential role in the effectiveness of your heating and cooling system. Thermostat issues often mimic mechanical or electrical problems with air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces. These three thermostat issues could affect your comfort, and they need to be addressed immediately by reliable HVAC technicians.

No Power or Wi-Fi

Analog thermostats are hardwired into your home. Check your circuit breaker for a tripped circuit or a blown fuse. If you have a programmable thermostat, its battery may need to be replaced. If the screen doesn’t respond when you touch it, a replacement battery is required. The thermostat’s connections may be dirty or dusty, requiring cleaning. For a smart thermostat, it may have lost its connection with your home’s Wi-Fi. Verify the connection, and update the thermostat’s software if needed.

Improper Thermostat Placement

Direct sunlight, drafts from nearby windows or doors or heat from nearby appliances or computers could affect your thermostat’s performance. According to the Department of Energy, the thermostat should be located on an interior wall in a place where natural air currents develop. A dining room or living room wall or hallway could be a good choice. As your experienced HVAC contractors, we can relocate the thermostat to a better position in your home.

Bad Wiring or Anticipator

In manual thermostats and older programmable thermostats, the anticipator is a type of resistor. It allows the heating and cooling system to slightly overshoot the temperature setting on the thermostat. This reduces the frequency of heating and cooling cycles. Fewer but longer cycles reduces wear and tear. A bad anticipator, damaged or loose wiring or failed connection could cause your heating and cooling system to short cycle or not cycle at all.

To learn more about the common thermostat issues that could affect your Rolesville area home’s heating and cooling system, check out Mitchell Heating & Cooling’s HVAC services, or call us today for additional details.

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