3 Signs of a Bad Thermostat

3 Signs of a Bad Thermostat

When you are sweating away in the heat of a Fort Worth summer or huddling under the covers because your heating and cooling system is having problems, it can be easy to overlook the little things. Your thermostat is an important component of an effective HVAC system, but it is often ignored except for when the family fights over individual temperature preferences. Your thermostat is what controls your heating and cooling appliances, and if your HVAC system is operating properly, your thermostat is one of the first places you should look for problems.

Arthur Hagar is dedicated to keeping you and your family comfortable in every season, and our commitment to quality service and customer satisfaction is what has kept us in business for more than 65 years. We are Fort Worth’s HVAC specialists and we want to help get your heating and cooling system back to peak performance. Read today’s article to learn how to spot the signs of a failing thermostat and call Arthur Hagar for HVAC repair you can trust!

Incorrect Temperature Settings

If you’ve set your thermostat to the exact temperature you like, but you still don’t feel comfortable, then your thermostat might not be accurately measuring the temperature of the room. Double checking its temperature reading is simple. Find a small thermometer and place it on the wall next to thermometer. You can place a paper towel or something similar behind the thermometer to protect it from transferring heat with the wall and reading incorrectly. Give the thermometer about 15 minutes to read the temperature of the room and stabilize and then check it against the thermostat. If they are more than a degree apart, then your thermostat has a problem. Remember to mention this to whoever you hire to help with repairs — understanding that the thermostat might be the root of the problem can help the process move more quickly.

Air Conditioning or Furnace Won’t Turn On or Off

If your thermostat seems to be working well but the other components of your HVAC system aren’t responding, then there might be an underlying problem with your thermostat. Your thermostat is what tells your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump to turn on and off in order to achieve your preferred temperature. If that communication is cut off or interrupted, that can cause problems. Your thermostat may be accurately measuring the temperature of the room and trying to signal to your air conditioner or furnace, but a problem with the wiring or electrical connection could be stopping that signal dead in its tracks.

Unresponsive or Blank Display

Problems with your thermostat can be obvious, you just have to remember to check in on it once in a while. If the display of your thermostat is blank or unlit or you can’t get it to respond to any of the commands that you enter, there is clearly an issue. The solution might be as simple as replacing the batteries or forcing a factory reset. If you try both tactics and the thermostat still doesn’t respond, it’s time to call in the experts.

The professionals here at Arthur Hagar are ready to help you make your home comfortable again. Whether your thermostat is having trouble with its temperature sensor or electrical connections, we can help you find a solution. Check out next week’s blog post for insight into common thermostat problems and their solutions and let Arthur Hagar handle all the HVAC repairs you need. We have been providing Fort Worth with trustworthy air conditioning repair and HVAC maintenance since 1949, and we couldn’t have made it this far without generations of satisfied customers. Experience the Arthur Hagar difference — call today!


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