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  • When Should You Get Help With a Faulty Thermostat?

    May 11, 2018

    You could’ve sworn you changed the temperature on the thermostat at least 15 minutes ago, so why doesn’t the room feel any colder? Maybe you go back and fiddle with it some more, but still – nothing. Is it because the AC is malfunctioning, or is it broken? Perhaps it’s something else entirely? One thing that could be preventing your home from being as comfortable as you want it to might be that your thermostat is malfunctioning, but it can be hard to tell when that’s the case as opposed to something else.

    Instead of assuming the culprit is one or the other and fretting about the implications that result from either, you need to determine what’s truly causing the issue. It can be hard to know what to look for, and if you’re not sure, then you could accidentally misdiagnose the problem and end up fixing something that isn’t broken. Barker Heating & Cooling can help you know if your thermostat is the one at fault, and when you should call a professional to have it serviced!

    One red flag that begins to tip people off toward something amiss is an unresponsive temperature control – either the AC or heating. This one could be a variety of things.

    • The simplest explanation might be that the thermostat is just set incorrectly – set it to another temperature and wait a bit to see if the temperature changes accordingly. If it does, then no worries! However, if the temperature doesn’t adjust, then something else is to blame.
    • Is the temperature not changing – period? Switch the setting to the opposite of whatever you’re aiming to do: for example, if the AC isn’t kicking on to cool your home, set the temperature higher. Still nothing? Your thermostat is probably malfunctioning, and you’ll need to call someone.
    • However, check the breaker first — if it’s tripped, then that could do the trick.

    Something Else?

    If you have a digital thermostat, the batteries need to be checked and replaced periodically. Open up the panel and give it a look to see if that’s where the problem came from. If the batteries are fully charged and operational, you’ll have to keep looking.

    • Where is the thermostat located? If it’s situated too closely to a door or window, the air coming in from one of those openings could be affecting how the thermostat is figuring out what the surrounding temperature is.
    • When that air hits the sensors, the thermostat could be thinking it’s already as cold as the temperature you set it to, even though the rest of your home isn’t there yet.

    So, not every problem with your thermostat requires professional help — some things you can easily fix yourself, as long as you can accurately figure out what’s causing the issue. Whether it’s a problematic location, some faulty wiring or a total failure, the experts at Barker Heating & Cooling can solve your thermostat-related problems with ease! Give us a call at 925-276-9601 and schedule an appointment today!