Programmable thermostats are powerful devices with many advanced features — so many that it can sometimes create confusion among those who aren’t used to them. One feature that occasionally causes people to worry is recovery mode. We’ll explain what recovery mode means and why the thermostat in your Homewood, AL home might enter this state.

Don’t Let the Name Fool You

With a name like “recovery mode,” we can understand if seeing your thermostat enter this mode might make you uneasy, as the word “recovery” suggests that it is attempting to cope with some sort of problem. Thankfully, this is a mistaken impression. In most cases, seeing your thermostat in recovery mode is nothing to worry about.

Most of the time, “recovery mode” simply means that your thermostat has entered a special energy-saving state. If you’ve set your thermostat to turn on at a given time and produce a certain temperature in your home, it might actually command your HVAC system to start working a few hours in advance and create that temperature with the lowest possible expenditure of energy. In nearly all cases, this is the only thing that recovery mode amounts to.

Possible Signs of Trouble

In a few instances, however, your thermostat entering recovery mode could indicate some underlying issues with your HVAC system. For example, if your system has dirty filters that obstruct airflow, or if its coils, heat exchanger or other critical parts are not working, it will struggle to create the temperatures that you want. In response, your thermostat could go into recovery mode.

How to Get Out of Recovery Mode

If you suspect that your thermostat is in recovery mode for any reason that might point to an HVAC malfunction, you should request repair services from a trained technician as soon as possible. The same goes if your thermostat goes into recovery mode on account of a glitch or wiring malfunction.

Recovery mode is a perfectly normal and useful energy-saving feature of your thermostat, so seeing it is usually no cause for concern. Occasionally, though, this mode could point to trouble. If you think that’s the case, call Total Comfort Heating & Air, LLC and ask for HVAC services around Homewood, AL.

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