Without a doubt, thermostats are a very important part of your home cooling system. That’s why you want to make sure your thermostat is doing its job. So how do you know when it is time to replace it?
Here are four questions you need to ask when deciding if you should replace your thermostat.
Is it working?
This may seem like an obvious question but you might be blaming temperature troubles on air conditioner. Adjust the thermostat temperature until you hear a “click” and wait for your HVAC system’s response. If you do not hear a “click” and the unit does not come on or turn off, your thermostat might be faulty.
Can you repair it?
Once you figure out that your thermostat is not working, the next step is to see if you can fix it yourself or if it needs to be replaced. The problem might be an easy fix, like replacing the battery, or it could be more complicated like dust build-up or a tripped circuit breaker.
Before you attempt to repair your thermostat, make sure it does not require a professional.
Is it the correct thermostat for your HVAC equipment?
Many home furnaces are single stage furnaces that cycle on or off as needed. Some, however, are two-stage, which means the first stage comes on first, and is followed by the second stage if needed. Your thermostat must match this or it will not work properly.
All systems react differently to variations in temperature settings. Your best option is to install a manufacturer recommended thermostat. A professional can help you decide if you are confused.
Are your energy bills too high?
If you have a manual thermostat that maintains only one temperature setting, upgrading to a programmable thermostat can save you anywhere from 15% to 30% on your energy bills.
Install a smart thermostat to take advantage of even more programmable features. These thermostats allow you to control your homes temperature from your phone. Some smart thermostats even learn your habits and will adjust themselves accordingly.