Who To Call To Replace My Thermostat?
Imagine coming home to find that your heating system isn’t working right. In a panic, you check the pilot light and the motor, but everything seems fine. Not knowing what to do, you pick up the phone to call the HVAC repair team. They come, only to tell you it wasn’t the furnace but the thermostat.
Many calls for HVAC repair come down to the thermostat rather than the heating and cooling system. As such, you should know how to troubleshoot. Still, there will be a time when you need to replace the whole thermostat, not just the batteries. Talk to Buckner’s Heating & Cooling for professional service when that time comes.
The Basics of Thermostat Replacement
If you’re going to replace your thermostat, you need a basic knowledge of both how thermostats function and basic electrical operations. You will also want to decide between a standard and a smart thermostat.
Standard thermostats have to be manually adjusted. These are the more affordable option, but they give you less control. A standard thermostat can be a manual thermostat with no pre-made settings or programmable, which means you can set up your regular schedule of times when you want the system to have a higher or lower temperature. With standard thermostats, you have to manually adjust the setting if you’re going to deviate from that set schedule.
A smart system uses Wi-Fi to connect to your smartphone. It allows you to change the setting while away, set schedules, and set up auto-detect to detect when someone is home.
Signs To Replace Your Thermostat
Is it time to replace your thermostat? Watch out for these signs that indicate it would be a good idea:
- It stops communicating with the HVAC system
- You have energy bill spikes
- The temperature on the reading doesn’t match the temperature in your home
- It’s 10 years old or older
- You have regular temperature fluctuations
If you have these signs and symptoms, then it’s time to consider getting a replacement. For that, you’ll want an HVAC pro on the job.
Benefits of Hiring a Professional
While you can tackle thermostat installation on your own, there are several benefits to hiring a pro instead. These include:
- Peace of mind that the electrical connections are safe
- The knowledge that the system’s wiring is working well
- No risk of electrocution for you.
You can get 10 to 15 years of reliable use out of a thermostat on average. While they don’t lose efficiency, they can wear out over time. Also, the technology in modern smart thermostats can change, making replacement helpful.
It’s possible for a faulty one to drive up energy costs. When it’s not working properly, your thermostat could signal the air conditioner or furnace to cycle too frequently or run continuously. Both of these issues will use up energy.
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