There aren't many things more frustrating than an air conditioning that refuses to run. A hot, muggy home can make your space incredibly uncomfortable, which is why I have always focused on maintaining my air conditioning system. Unfortunately, I still run into problems from time to time and I am sure that all of you do, which is one of the reasons I decided to build this website. Check out these posts for more information about keeping your system working beautifully, even if you aren't naturally good at fixing things. You never know, making the right changes could dramatically improve your summertime experience.
Does your home feel like it is too hot or cold during the winter, or is the furnace not turning on at all? If so, the problem could be due to the thermostat. This small device is the heart and soul of your furnace, and it simply cannot run without it working properly. Here are some things to troubleshoot about your thermostat if you feel the furnace isn't working properly and to prevent heating maintenance services problems from occurring.
The Thermostat Location
The location of the thermostat plays a big role in the temperature of your home. The temperature of the home is based on where the thermostat is located, so you want everything to be working in its favor for accurate temperatures.
One thing that can throw off the thermostat temperature is the wall that it is placed on. You want the thermostat to be on an interior wall since the cold exterior wall can easily mess with the temperature that it is reading. An exterior wall can easily cause the thermostat to read a lower than normal temperature, especially when the wall has poor installation and outdoor temperatures are below zero.
In addition, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat that has temperature sensors for multiple rooms. Since the thermostat can only read temperatures in the room that it is installed in, these additional sensors can ensure that your bedrooms are heated properly at night, even though the thermostat is located in the dining room.
The thermostat should also be out of direct sunlight. If a nearby window is lighting up the thermostat, it could be causing the temperature to read higher than what it actually is during the day. This will cause the heat to turn on less often, making your home feel even colder.
The Thermostat Battery
Every thermostat has a battery in it, even smart thermostats like the Nest. It is important to make sure that the battery has enough power to run the thermostat, or else it won't be able to accurately report a temperature and turn the unit on. When in doubt, swap out the battery and see if that fixes the problem.
When it comes to battery selection, do not use rechargeable batteries in a thermostat. A thermostat draws very little power in order to operate, and normal batteries perform better over a longer period of time. Rechargeable batteries will discharge must faster, causing the thermostat battery to die prematurely. You do not want those batteries to fail when you are away on vacation in the middle of winter, which is why you should think about your battery choice carefully.