The thermostat is a part of the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. It can gauge your home’s temperature and take the necessary steps to maintain the proper climate control at home. Sometimes it does not always work out the way it should. Find out how you can ensure minimum HVAC repair because of problems related to the thermostat.
1. Thermostat Placement
To a layman who does not understand the role of a thermostat, it doesn’t make a difference where you place the thermostat. They might want it somewhere closest to their room. Making sure that the thermostat is in the right place will affect the entire working of the HVAC system. It will also have a direct effect on your energy bill.
The thermostat will misread your house temperature if it is in direct sunlight. The HVAC system will overwork to keep your house cool. It is because the thermostat keeps reading at a higher temperature due to the sunlight. It also means that you will have a much higher energy bill each month.
Place the thermostat close to an air vent, and the HVAC system will make sure that you end up living in a warmer climate at home. The best way to go about the situation is to place the thermostat in the room where you spend most of the time at home. It should not be too close to the kitchen either for the same reasons as above. Professionals will be able to advise the correct placement on a case-to-case basis for each home.
2. Incorrect Thermostat Installation
The thermostat gathers information from many different sensors across the premises. Installing a thermostat cannot ordinarily be done by just anyone. Improper installation can cause damage to the system or completely malfunction. An HVAC expert understands which wires go where and the effect of each one on the functioning of the HVAC system.
3. Weak Thermostat Batteries
Not all thermostats connect to the electricity mains. Some operate with the help of batteries. The batteries last anywhere between a few months to two years based on the make and model of the thermostat. Most thermostats display an on-screen notification when the batteries are about to die out.
Your HVAC system will shut down if you do not change the batteries as and when indicated. It is because the thermostat controls the functioning of the entire system. Without it, the cooling system cannot operate. If this does happen to you, switch off the circuit breaker from the main circuit board and change the batteries to switch it on.
4. Thermostat Age
A thermostat is built to last for at least seven to eight years. Once that time has passed, it might not function as productively as it did when it was new. There can be multiple problems with an old thermostat. Modern versions and models also have many more new features that are not there in older models.
An HVAC technician can easily change the thermostat if it becomes redundant. You can ask to see different models with features matching the heating and cooling demands of your home.
A Word Of Advice
Seek professional help from HVAC experts before taking any steps to change the working of a thermostat. It is because it will affect the functioning of the entire HVAC system of your home. It is better to have the work done properly. Instead of just getting it over with and incurring losses.