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4 Reasons You Have a Malfunctioning Thermostat in Hampton, VA

Malfunctioning Thermostat

Without a fully functioning thermostat, your furnace can’t keep your Hampton, VA, home comfortable. A malfunctioning thermostat can be quite frustrating and annoying. Use these four tips to identify a nonworking thermostat so that you can correct any problems before they cost you a lot of money:

Dead Batteries

If you have a programmable thermostat, there’s a good chance it contains at least one battery. This battery powers the screen so that you can easily program it. It also lights to screen so that you can see the thermostat at night. If your thermostat is malfunctioning, try removing the battery cover and replacing the batteries before taking any other steps.

Bad Thermostat Location

Sometimes, the thermostat itself is working properly, but to a bad installation location, it sends incorrect information to your HVAC system. If you replaced your HVAC system recently, the installers may have moved the thermostat to an area that’s much hotter or colder than the rest of the room. The best way to fix this is to have an HVAC service technician move your thermostat to a better location.

Underpowered Device

Newer smart thermostats have many advantages over other thermostats. One potential downside, though, is that they get their power from a “C” wire running from the HVAC system. If you’re experiencing trouble with your thermostat, it may be because this connection isn’t correct.

Bad Thermistor

Most digital thermostats use a device called a thermistor to sense changing temperatures. Over time, the metal in the thermistor wears out, leading to inaccurate temperature readings. Although you can technically replace the thermistor, it’s typically best to upgrade to a new thermostat when your thermistor stops working.

Working with a thermostat requires skill and precision to ensure correct installation. If you can’t get your thermostat to work properly, contact Kearney & Sons to help you diagnose your thermostat troubles and take care of your other winter heating needs.

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