A thermostat records the temperature in your Hoover, AL, home and adjusts the HVAC operation accordingly, thereby acting as the control center for your HVAC system. If the thermostat is outdated or malfunctions, your home won’t be as cool or warm as it should, and you may have high energy bills. Below are signs that show it’s time to replace your thermostat.
1. Your Thermostat Is Manual, Not Programmable
Older controls usually require you to turn a dial or slide a lever to adjust the temperature. Even if they’re working properly, it’s a good idea to consider updating your unit for better accuracy (not to mention remote control). Having more accurate readings will help you keep your home at the desired temperature.
Programmable thermostats also take some of the effort out of the equation. If you know your peak electricity hours or the hottest times of day, you can automate your HVAC without having to worry as much about its efficiency.
2. Your HVAC Cycles On and Off
Your thermostat sends signals to your HVAC system to tell it what to do. If the HVAC system cycles on and off, though, it might mean that your control isn’t able to reach it and send it the proper instructions.
Sometimes the fix is as easy as adjusting a wire here or there. Unfortunately, the cause can also be a major problem that’s hard to diagnose and even dangerous to repair on your own.
3. Your Thermostat Gives Faulty Readings
Correct readings from the thermostat ensure your home is cool or warm enough for comfort. If your thermostat cannot register the correct temperatures, it might be time to get a new one. You can tell your control is faulty by using a portable indoor thermometer; if it registers a different temperature from the thermostat, there’s an issue.
We service HVAC systems, heat pumps, and indoor air quality systems in the Hoover, AL area. Call us at Total Comfort Heating and Air, LLC to get a free quote on air conditioning services.
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