As we use our HVAC systems more in the summer, problems are bound to develop. Sometimes it may be a breakdown, but often, you may experience an issue that has more to do with inefficiency. One area where most homeowners could use some improvement, both in terms of troubleshooting and efficiency, is the thermostat. Read on for a rundown on common thermostat problems and what to do about them.
Check the home’s power first — is the breaker flipped? Are other appliances on? If power is on, then check to see if the air conditioner is turned on at the controls. Is the thermostat not getting power? If it’s battery operated, change the batteries; if it’s hard wired, call your HVAC tech to check the wiring. It’s also possible the thermostat is broken and needs to be replaced.
Setting the thermostat too high will prevent the A/C from coming on. Set the thermostat to the desired setting and leave it alone; don’t jam it way down in the mistaken belief that the home will get cool faster. It won’t.
If the thermostat is in direct contact with sunlight or a source of heat, it may turn the A/C on more than you’d like. The thermostat should not be exposed to direct solar radiation, nor should it be near a heat source. Also, if you have a learning thermostat, make sure the sensor is in a location where there is human traffic, so it can “learn” your household’s habits.
Programmable thermostats can be challenging to program. In general, you want a program that keeps your home at a comfortable temperature in the morning when you get up, and in the afternoon when you arrive home. You can generally lower or raise the thermostat as much as 8 degrees or so, up or down, depending on the season, when you are sleeping or away from home.
For more on common thermostat problems, contact Powers Heating and Air. We serve Peachtree City and the surrounding area.