A well-functioning air conditioner is essential for home comfort in hot, humid climates. Its performance, however, can sometimes suffer due to thermostat problems. Dave’s Heat & Air presents three risks of an uncalibrated thermostat.
The Air Conditioner Stops
When a thermostat isn’t calibrated correctly, it can’t signal the air conditioner to cycle on. This can be due to dead batteries, a tripped breaker or a blown fuse in your main electrical service panel. Dirt, soot, cigarette smoke and dust can also affect a thermostat’s normal operation. The problem could also be due to loose wiring or terminal screws, or corrosion on the wiring. Ask your contractor to replace the wiring, or the whole thermostat if they feel it’s needed.
The Desired Temperature is Never Reached
Grime can cause inconsistencies between the temperature setting and the actual room temperature. An uneven level or off-kilter thermostat can also cause temperature discrepancies. A stuck heat anticipator is a common culprit when this issue arises with a mechanical thermostat.
Also, consider where the thermostat’s located in your home. Is it exposed to direct sunlight or other heat sources, or in the path of a cold draft? Is it located in an isolated spot that’s away from the main living areas? If so, ask your emergency air conditioner service provider for the proper place to relocate it. Our experts at Dave’s Heat & Air are here to assist you.
Short Cycling or Non-Stop Running
Short cycling or non-stop operation, which can erode energy efficiency, is usually the result of an unleveled or dirty thermostat. An uncalibrated anticipator can also cause this. Have an experienced HVAC professional investigate further to identify the exact cause. It may also be a good idea to consider upgrading from an older thermostat to a new programmable model to avert future problems. We can provide you with a selection of appropriate thermostats from which to choose.
Dave’s Heat & Air is the 24-hour AC company you can trust. We can help you choose among manual, programmable and smart thermostats. Call us at (972) 435-0303 to discuss your HVAC needs, or to get a free estimate.