I always took my home's heating and cooling system for granted. That is until I found myself battling one of the hottest days in years and my air conditioner simply refused to turn on. After contacting my local HVAC contractor, I learned that my cooling coils had frozen over from a lack of maintenance. He did get my AC back up and running that day, but he also helped me to look at my heating and cooling system in a whole new light. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years learning more about how to properly maintain my HVAC system and ultimately lower my energy costs. Today, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that I can help you to avoid some of the costly mistakes I have made in the past.
The thermostat in your home is the brains behind your air conditioner and furnace. It is what gives the information you are inputting into the thermostat to these appliances. If your thermostat is not working properly, it may not be supplying the proper information to your systems and could give you a bit of trouble. If you aren't sure if your thermostat is the problem and should be replaced, read on for a few reasons to help guide you, as well as replacement instructions.
1. Your Thermostat Is Older
The age of your thermostat is going to tell you whether or not you should replace your thermostat. If your thermostat has a dial or has a lever to adjust the temperature, it's time to replace it. These older systems aren't going to give your HVAC systems the proper information and you could be paying more in your energy bills than you should be. Most newer thermostats are digital, which are more accurate than these older models.
2. Your Thermostat Is Out Of Calibration
If your thermostat is not giving you accurate readings, it may be out of calibration. You may not be able to tell this off-hand, but if you are gauging the temperature inside your home and it's not anywhere near the temperature reading on your thermostat, it may be out of calibration. You're better off investing in a new thermostat rather than paying to have your thermostat re-calibrated.
3. Your Thermostat Isn't Programmable
An older thermostat may not have the capability to be programmed, which isn't a necessity, but it can help save you money on your energy bills. You will be able to adjust the thermostat when you're away from your home, when you go to sleep at night, or at multiple times throughout the day.
To replace your thermostat, you simply need a new thermostat and a screwdriver. First, turn the power off to your HVAC systems. Remove the old thermostat cover/face-plate and unscrew the panel from the wall. Pay attention to where the old wires are located on the back of the old thermostat. Gently pull the wires out of the wall and remove them from the old thermostat. Take the panel of the new thermostat and attach the wires in the same manner you removed them. Screw the panel to the wall carefully and then attach the new face-plate. Turn on the thermostat and test that it works properly.
If you aren't sure if you should replace your thermostat, or how to get the job done, hire a professional HVAC repair service for help.Share
4 September 2019