Most American homes use a heating or cooling system of some sort, whether it’s a furnace or a heat pump. And these HVAC systems are all powered by their respective thermostats. If your HVAC unit in North Dallas, TX, has been performing poorly or erratically, here are four red flags that your thermostat is on the fritz.
HVAC Unit Switches On or Off
If you notice your air conditioner or heater unexpectedly switching on or off before reaching the desired temperature, your thermostat is a possible culprit. When your thermostat sends false signals to your HVAC unit to either increase or decrease the temperature target, this results in your HVAC unit turning on or off at the wrong times. Bring a HVAC technician in to install a new smart thermostat with all the latest energy-saving features.
Wrong Thermostat Readings
An old thermostat with faulty wiring will start to send inaccurate temperature readings, which leads to your living space either getting too hot or too cold. If your HVAC unit is unable to receive any of the thermostat’s prompts, it’s most likely that the thermostat is running into a wiring issue.
Thermostat Lifespan Nearing Its End
The average lifespan of thermostats is 10 years. After that, they start to wear out, as screws and bolts loosen up and wires get frayed. If your current thermostat was installed before you moved into your house, figure out how old it is by checking with the landlord or previous owner.
Inability to Change Thermostat Settings
If you try to change the temperature target, cycle time, fan mode, or any other setting on your HVAC unit and the thermostat doesn’t register the newly set parameter, your thermostat might be malfunctioning and need replacement. A functional thermostat will typically reset with a small clicking beep when you make any adjustments to its settings.
If you need help figuring out the current state of your thermostat or need a new programmable one, our team is happy to help. Contact us at All Service Heating & Air for thermostat inspection and installation or any other heating and cooling service you require.
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