If you’re suddenly having problems maintaining the desired temperature level inside your home, then it’s more than likely that something has gone wrong with your power supply, or your HVAC system. First check the circuit breaker and fuses, and then test whether other home appliances are working properly. If all is fine in this area, then it’s time to inspect your HVAC or whatever type of home heating and cooling equipment you have. However, don’t assume the worst – it may only be the thermostat playing up.
Checking the Thermostat
Whether this is an easy process or not, depends upon the age of your system and type of temperature regulator. Make sure you’ve got the manufacturer’s technical manual on hand before you start tinkering with the system.
- Old electromechanical devices may have bimetallic strips, switches and coils, residing under a cover
- Check for dirt, loose wires or corrosion that may indicate a problem
- In comparison, digital, electronic models (including WiFi devices) are a breeze to check
- The panel being unlit, unresponsive to touch controls, or with an error code is a good indicator of part failure.
Before proceeding to fix any issues, consult your warranty. If you’re covered, get your HVAC contractor out to fix the problem. If you’re out of warranty, and are comfortable with attempting to fix any identified problems, then proceed with caution:
- Try removing dirt and other substance build-up with a brush, being careful not to damage any parts
- Use compressed air to blow out gunk from hard to reach places
- Repair loose screws and wiring
Thermostats are relatively cheap parts to replace, so if you can’t fix the problem, get a qualified technician in to inspect and quote for repair or replacement, and to see if the problem is bigger than a faulty thermostat.
If you have a query about whether your thermostat is working properly, or any other home comfort matters, please get in touch with us at Wolff Mechanical. We’ve been looking after the home heating and cooling needs of Scottsdale and Central Arizona areas and surrounds since 1990.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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