Is My HVAC Thermostat Bad?

The thermostat is the “brains” of your HVAC system. There are plenty of other components needed for the system to work and effectively heat and cool your home, but if the thermostat isn’t working, the other components just don’t matter. So, this article will take a look at some of the signs that your thermostat needs to be fixed or replaced.


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Start with the Basics

You don’t need to be an HVAC technician to notice when something is wrong with your thermostat. In fact, if you just pay a bit of attention to how it is operating, you should be able to spot signs of trouble so you can reach out for help.


As an obvious starting point, if your system simply won’t turn on, it might be that the thermostat is to blame. You should hear the system kick on with the clicking noise when it needs to either heat or cool the room. You’ll know it should be running because the temperature reading for the room is higher or lower than the temperature you have set on the thermostat. If the system just won’t come on even though it looks like it should, your thermostat is one of the first things to check.


On the opposite end of the spectrum, it can also be a sign of a faulty thermostat if your HVAC system won’t turn off when it should. The system should not just run and run without stopping – it should get to the desired temperature and then turn off for a period of time. The calibration may be off when it won’t shut down at the right time, so this is another reason to reach out to Berico for help.


Watch for Short-Cycling

A short cycle in an HVAC system is when the system comes on for just a little bit but then turns back off again. It should run for a little while, even when only a modest temperature adjustment is needed, before turning off again. If you hear it coming on and off excessively, have a professional look at the system to see if the thermostat or another component is causing the problem.


Your Settings Are Lost

One of the nice things about a modern thermostat is that it can remember the settings you want to use for your system and use them over and over again. If you have taken the time to program your thermostat, and then those settings just disappear, something may be going wrong with the unit. It might be possible to reset it and restore proper function, or the thermostat may need to be replaced.


Upgrading your Thermostat

Even if you are not having any problems, updating thermostat can pay for itself.  The industry has come a long way since dial thermostats.  Today you can control your thermostats from your phone, set schedules, and program specific settings all which  help you reduce the cost of operating your heating and cooling systems.  Furthermore, some thermostats are able to help diagnose or prevent problems by notifying your HVAC company.  Similar to your “check engine light” in your vehicle, your thermostat will let you (and your HVAC contractor) know if an issue occurs.


Whether it’s furnace repair, new equipment installation, or any of a number of other important tasks related to your HVAC system, you can trust the team at Berico to be up to the challenge. Call Berico right away to get the help you need.