How to Tell if You Need a New Thermostat

ThermostatThe thermostat in your home is where “the rubber meets the road,” so to speak, regarding your heating and cooling systems. If the thermostat isn’t working properly, then you won’t be comfortable in your home or office. American Comfort’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning carries a wide range of thermostats should you find that you need a new one. Here are some warning signs that may indicate you’ll need a replacement.

Your Furnace or Air Conditioner Won’t Turn Off

If your heating or cooling system either stays on all the time or cycles on and off too often, then your thermostat may have accumulated internal buildup. Make sure yours is level and move the anticipator arm a bit to see if that corrects the problem. If your system still isn’t working correctly, you’ll more than likely need a new thermostat.

Your System Won’t Start

First, make sure that you don’t have a dead battery, tripped breaker or blown fuse. Then, gently pry off the face of the thermostat and check for dirt and dust. If you smoke inside, nicotine may have coated the mechanical and electrical components inside. Also, check for loose wires or terminal screws – after you shut power to the thermostat – and tighten if necessary. If these troubleshooting steps don’t work, have your thermostat replaced.

Your Thermostat Setting Doesn’t Match Your Room Temperature

Again, you should see whether or not there is dirt inside the thermostat and also check to see whether or not it’s level. There could also be an issue with the anticipator arm if you have a mechanical-type model.

At American Comfort’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning our professionals can provide you with a new, programmable thermostat that will help give you better control over your system as well as help you save money. Give us a call at 773-295-2970 or contact us online to learn more.

American Comfort One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning provide heating services for the cities of Elk Grove Village, Roselle, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, Chicago, and the following cities in Illinois.

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