There is nothing more annoying than knowing that your home should feel warm and toasting, seeing a thermostat reading of 75 degrees, and still being cold. It's freezing outside (at least for a few more weeks according to the groundhog). There's absolutely no reason for your heat not to be running and yet, here you are. Is something wrong with your thermostat or is this a sign of a much bigger problem? How much is it going to cost you? Today we’re going to discuss four of the most common reasons why your thermostat would start reading the wrong temperature and the effects it can have on your home.
1. Your Thermostat is Outdated
Like many home appliances, thermostats typically last around 10 years. That said, we typically find that after a decade, your thermostat will start to show signs of aging including rusting, wiring issues, extensive dust, as well as normal wear and tear damage. One of the first signs of aging is that your thermostat will inaccurately read the temperature.
The quickest and most reliable solution to an outdated or old thermostat is to replace the thermostat with a newer model. Last week, we suggested upgrading to a smart thermostat. Not only should this solve the problem you're having with an inaccurate reading, but you should notice some energy savings as well.
2. Your Thermostat Sensor is Malfunctioning
Another common reason that your thermostat may be reading the wrong temperature is that your thermostat sensor is malfunctioning. If your HVAC system is under 10 years of age, then a sensor malfunction is the likely culprit. Luckily, this situation is quickly and easily fixed by having an HVAC professional calibrate the thermostat. In some cases, you'll need to replace the sensor, but this still a relatively inexpensive fix.
3. Your Thermostat is Not Level
You may have an older thermostat that isn't necessarily outdated enough to be replaced but could be unlevel, especially if you've recently redecorated your home. We find that some thermostats are just sensitive, in much the same way that your garage door sensors can get tapped out of alignment. Before calling us out to take a look, you can try to readjust your thermostat into position and see if that solves the problem.
4. Your Thermostat is Poorly Located
Finally, the most common reason why your thermostat is reading the wrong temperature is that its location in your home is not ideal to get a proper read. For example, if your thermostat is positioned in direct sunlight, near sources of direct heat or air from your vents, or too close to exterior doors, its temperature reading may be inaccurate. If this describes your situation, give us a call to discuss the best ways to properly move your thermostat to a better location.
How the Home is Affected by a Thermostat That Reads the Wrong Temperature?
We know that your thermostat is attached to your HVAC system, and controls both your furnace and your air conditioner. This means that if your thermostat is inaccurately reading the temperature, it's also not communicating properly with your HVAC system. Therefore, your HVAC system is likely operating either too often or not often enough. This can cause unnecessary repair calls, skewed energy bills, inefficient operation, and most importantly - uncomfortable indoor air temperatures.
If your thermostat is inaccurately reading the temperature settings in your home, give Choice HVAC a call at 919-435-2711 so that we can get to the bottom of the issue. Our team of experts can investigate the problem and have your home warm and toasty in no time.