When you’re actively using your cooling system, you cannot disregard the fact that you might, at some time or another, face common problems with home air conditioners.
When you think about common air conditioning problems, your mind probably immediately jumps to the unit itself. Whether it’s a faulty part, an exposed wire, or some sort or other mechanical fault.
This week however we’re taking a closer look at one part of your system you mightn’t have considered – your thermostat. Read on to discover the symptoms of a failing thermostat and what you need to do to restore comfort to your home.
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What are the symptoms of a bad thermostat?
Maintaining a comfortable temperature year-round requires a reliable heating and cooling system.
Thermostats play an important role in regulating your home’s comfort by sensing the indoor temperature and instructing your system to take action.
Technology has also played its role when it comes to how we can control our thermostats. In addition to a wall-mounted system, many advanced air conditioning systems have created compatible apps, meaning you can turn your aircon on or off, or change the temperature, from your smartphone – even when you’re not at home!
Can a thermostat malfunction?
Yes – no matter how advanced your thermostat, certain problems can cause it to malfunction, leading to inaccurate temperature assessment and as a result, a system that is shut off or turned on too frequently or at the wrong time. This can lead to larger problems with your system as a whole, as constant stop-start can result in more wear-and-tear.
Above all, a failing thermostat means your home may not reach its desired temperature, therefore making you feel uncomfortable.
Here are some of the common signs you should look out for, that may indicate a failing thermostat.
Problem #1: Your air conditioning isn’t working
While this is perhaps the most obvious sign, it often takes the diagnosis of an air conditioning professional to determine the cause, as a faulty thermostat is just one of many reasons your aircon unit is failing to start.
Having said that, wiring issues can render your thermostat virtually useless, as it loses its ability to measure temperature and therefore communicate the action needed by your aircon system.
If your aircon has suddenly stopped working, we suggest first checking out your thermostat to see if it’s still functioning. If not – you know what to do! Consult our reliable aircon service and repair specialists in Brisbane.
Problem #2: Inconsistent room temperature
Feel like your air conditioning system simply isn’t working as well as it should?
For this problem, you might need to cast your mind back to when your aircon was first installed – specifically, where your thermostat is located.
Poor placement of your thermostat means that its sensors can be incorrectly influenced by external factors, such as:
- Direct sunlight
- Exposure to heat sources
- Exposure to cold spots
- Isolated areas away from the rest of the home
In such cases, you might need to consider relocating your thermostat to ensure it has a better opportunity to more accurately measure the indoor temperatures.
As part of our intricate system design process, we look at all influential factors to ensure we place your thermostat in its optimum location to ensure it can do its job accurately.
Problem #3: Your aircon doesn’t seem to switch off
If you’re finding yourself adjusting your aircon manually more than before, this could be a clear indication that something is wrong with your thermostat or that it needs to be recalibrated.
Your thermostat becomes inefficient if it is not calibrated right. Short-cycling can also cause your HVAC to work overtime unnecessarily, leading to more wear and tear and also higher energy bills.
Problem #4: Old and worn-out thermostats
The logic behind this one is pretty simple: some old thermostats simply aren’t as efficient as new ones.
If you happen to have an older thermostat at home, you might consider replacing it with a smarter thermostat that offers more control and management of your system.
Like we mentioned above, leaps and bounds in technology now allows us to control our systems on our smartphones from virtually anywhere.
That means you can turn on the heater before you’ve gotten up in the morning or start cooling your home down before you’ve returned from work during the day!
Is it hard to replace a thermostat?
DIY installation or replacement may seem relatively simple, but the fact of the matter is, such a small device plays a really important role within a really large system. Best leave it to the pros, and speak to us about thermostat or complete air conditioning replacement.
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