How would you describe your relationship with your thermostat? Do you walk past it dozens of times a day without giving it much thought? Maybe you’re in a temperature war with your spouse who loves the cold while you sit under a pile of blankets. Whatever your thermostat journey is, it’s easy to overlook just how important this small wall mount is for your home.
How Your Thermostat Works
Essentially, your thermostat is the control center of your home’s temperature. How this can be achieved depends on the type of thermostat you have. A traditional, mechanical thermostat regulates heat through internal metallic strips that carry electricity through a connected circuit. This electricity switches on the heat and allows the strips to heat up to the desired temperature, before shutting off again.
An electric thermostat is a bit simpler to understand when you think of them like a computer. They use sensors to determine if your home is at the right temperature, switching on or off to keep things just right.
Common Thermostat Problems
Many issues with heating and cooling can be traced back to a faulty thermostat. After all, the thermostat is what communicates with your unit to begin regulating temperature. When something is off, you might notice extreme warmth or chill.
Here's how you can troubleshoot what’s going on:
- Check the batteries - if your thermostat is powered by them, your issues may be solved with a fresh set of batteries.
- Give it a dusting - a grimy thermostat is a malfunctioning thermostat. The dust can affect the sensors, making it impossible to regulate temperature.
- Programming defects - electric thermostats are known to last for years without needing repairs. However, if yours was not properly programmed, it will cause heating problems and require replacing. This is why we recommend always hiring a professional to install new thermostats!
- Check the date - Unfortunately, not all things get better with age. An old thermostat is bound to develop some sensor issues and your best option is to have them replaced.
Broken Thermostat? Bring in the Experts
Your thermostat is an important part of your home, so trust the professionals with repairs and installations! HRC Climate Services is ready to help. Give us a call at (801) 850-0040, or contact us online to book an appointment.