Texans know quickly if their HVAC is on the fritz.
It’s not a special power. Instead, it’s the Texas heat and the short but frigid winters Texans are not climatized to enjoy comfortably.
Summer in Texas with faulty air conditioning will have anyone begging for a blast of cool air.
Would it be a surprise to learn that it’s not always your HVAC system that requires repair?
Sometimes, the HVAC is capable of working just fine. A dysfunctioning thermostat not communicating effectively can’t tell your HVAC when it’s time to cool and heat. To help you prepare for the upcoming summer months, read on for 6 signs it’s time for a home thermostat repair.
6 Signs It’s Time For A Home Thermostat Repair
HVAC systems aren’t cheap. They are investments that you want to last for as long as they possibly can. To ensure longevity in your HVAC’s work life, professionals in the field recommend annual checkups and routine maintenance.
Catching problems early can save money in the long run and increase the work-life of your HVAC. Ask your technician to inspect your thermostat with each visit to avoid frustrating lapses in HVAC functionality.
Here are 6 signs that the time has come to repair your home thermostat.
1. Air Conditioner Not Cooling
Does your air conditioner start cooling once you adjust the thermostat?
If not, a lot of people assume their HVAC needs maintenance. Although this may be the case, the problem could also simply be your thermostat.
When thermostats aren’t functioning properly, they may not relay the right information to the HVAC system. These systems are built to work cohesively. And when they don’t, you could end up sweating through your pajamas all night.
Sometimes, these can be quick and inexpensive fixes. But the longer you wait to call in reinforcements, the chances of more costly repairs could be mounting.
2. Furnace Not Heating
Valentine’s Day 2021 won’t soon be forgotten as it kicked off the coldest weather streak many Texans have ever experienced in their lifetimes. When the power was working, those thermostats were set to heat.
If your furnace was not heating your home, then you may have thought it’s in need of repair or replacement. While this might be the case, it’s not the only possible culprit.
When the furnace is not heating, it could be a sign that your thermostat is what is in need of repair. Yearly maintenance of your HVAC is a good practice, but make sure to have your technician check your thermostat, too.
Don’t get caught in another cold front without proper heat! Make sure your HVAC and thermostat are working properly before extreme weather hits Texas again.
3. Temperatures Fluctuating Between Rooms
Does this sound familiar?
Some rooms in the house provide cool air all day. Then you go to lay down and realize your bedroom is feeling more like a stuffy car with zero airflows.
It’s easy to assume this is a structural flaw, but it could be much simpler. Rather than lay awake debating moving your mattress into the dining room, make sure that your thermostat is working properly.
4. Air Conditioner Never Shuts Off
As much as Texans love their A/C, it’s important to make sure it’s taking breaks. When it runs non-stop, you may have a problem with the thermostat letting the HVAC system know it has reached the intended temperature.
A constantly running air conditioner may feel nice, but it could also be causing damage to your HVAC system. For instance, when it works too hard, the unit could become covered in ice, preventing it from working entirely. This can also result in clogging both the overflow pan and drain. The longer these problems persist, the more costly the repairs down the road.
To keep your HVAC system working for as many years as possible, address these issues as soon as they arise. Although different repairs vary in price, a simple thermostat repair may be the answer to your problems if you catch it early.
5. HVAC Does Not Kick-Off When Turned On
When you turn your HVAC on or adjust the thermostat, you might hear that gentle hum letting you know it’s running.
But what if it never kicks off and just remains dormant?
You could have a problem with your HVAC system, but it could also merely be a problem with your thermostat.
For instance, before going on a trip, you set your thermostat to 80 degrees. It gets far too hot in Texas to just turn it off because you risk returning to a mildew-covered home with warped furniture and books. When you return, the first thing you do is turn it down to 74 degrees. And you wait and wait… And nothing happens! This is frustrating, especially when it’s already just too hot.
Your mind may race with unexpected expenses that you’ll have to dole out to get your air conditioning working. But before jumping to conclusions or procrastinating because of the fear of the cost, make sure your thermostat is actually working. Change the batteries if needed and check to see what temperature the thermostat is reading.
6. Replacing Batteries Does Not Fix The Problem
Has your HVAC become unresponsive? Maybe a blank or flashing screen? That could mean it’s time to replace the batteries.
But what if replacing the batteries doesn’t magically kick off your HVAC? Then it might be time to repair or replace the thermostat.
For an HVAC to work correctly, the thermostat needs to be doing its job.
Repair Your Thermostat With Valderrama A/C And Refrigeration
Don’t risk getting stuck in the cold… or heat!
Contact Valderrama A/C and Refrigeration for all of your commercial and residential HVAC and refrigeration needs. Valderrama A/C is family-owned, priding ourselves on the quality of our service.
All employees are certified to install and replace every type of HVAC on the market. If you know what it’s like to lose heat or air conditioning, you know that honesty and integrity are important when it comes to your thermostat repair.
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