Common Thermostat Problems and How They Impact Cooling

Common Thermostat Problems and How They Impact Cooling

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Common Thermostat Problems and How They Impact Cooling

When talking about the heating and cooling systems in your Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home or business it’s easy to forget about the little device on the wall. That’s a mistake because your thermostat is a vital link in the system. If you have a sudden change in air conditioner performance, it’s a good idea to check the thermostat before making a call to Climate Control Company for emergency HVAC service.

The A/C completely stops working

Start by checking the thermostat’s display. If it’s not lit that indicates the thermostat cannot tell the air conditioner to turn on. Before panicking make sure to consider the simple solutions. There could be dead batteries in the thermostat or maybe a tripped breaker in your electrical service panel is causing the problem. 

The next step is to remove the cover (only do this if you feel comfortable with your DIY skills) and check the internal components for dirt and dust buildups. Carefully clean the thermostat using a soft brush or canned compressed air.

Room temperature doesn’t match thermostat setting

This is another problem that can be caused by dirt and grime on the electrical contacts. Make sure you follow the cleaning instructions we’ve already talked about before doing anything more. It’s also possible the thermostat is in a bad location. Make sure it’s not exposed to direct sunlight or cold drafts. If the thermostat is isolated and too far away from where you spend most of your time, the air conditioner may never reach a comfortable temperature. In these situations, talk with a Climate Control professional about relocating the thermostat.

Air conditioner cycles or runs continuously

As you might imagine, this is a big energy waster. While the problem may be in the air conditioner itself, a faulty thermostat is also a common cause. Beyond the basic cleaning we’ve already talked about, this almost always requires a visit by a professional technician with the knowledge and tools to test the thermostat.

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