How to Tell If You Have a Bad Thermostat

Bad Thermostat

Thermostats are reliable devices that detect the temperature of your home and will request changes to balance the temperature of a room to your desired specifications.Bad Thermostat

Like everything else, thermostats can succumb to wear and tear over time.

A faulty thermostat can end up costing you money in the long run. When was the last time you checked yours?

Here are the top ways to test your home thermostat.

Check Thermostat Wiring

For most thermostats, the face cover should easily pop off using your hands.

From there, check all wires to make sure nothing is loose. A disconnected wire could be a major factor in a thermostat malfunction.

If you are having issues with the air conditioning system, check the red and green wires. If it is the furnace that may be giving your trouble, check the red and white wires.

Important: before you do this, be sure to turn the circuit breaker off.

Check Your Fuses

Blown fuses are often times one of the main culprits to a dysfunctional thermostat. Be sure to check all fuses, loose wiring, and dirt accumulation in your thermostat to ensure everything is running smoothly.

Do Some Troubleshooting

During heating season, set the temperature five degrees higher than normal. During cooling season, set five degrees lower.

After this step, check to see if your supply vents blow out air or if your return vents suck air in. This will be a major indicator as to whether or not your thermostat may be faulty.

Check Your Batteries

 Most digital thermostats have batteries. Be sure to replace any older batteries to ensure your thermostat is running efficiently.

A healthy thermostat will save you both money and will make sure your HVAC unit is not working over time.

At Alps, we value our customer’s time and HVAC investments.

If you have any questions regarding the thermostat or HVAC unit in your home, be sure to contact us at 800-994-2577.