4 Common Thermostat Issues That Can Affect The Functionality Of Your AC System

Posted on: 26 August 2022

A thermostat that is functioning as desired is crucial for any home that has a cooling system installed. However, most people don't realize that issues with the temperature regulator can result in multiple problems to the whole system and affect its performance. For this reason, you should have the temperature regulator inspected and fixed by a professional AC repairer to avoid costly overhauls and replacements. Below are some thermostat problems that might affect the performance of your aircon.

Old Thermostat 

Every machine has an expiration date, and so does your temperature regulator. That said, an old thermostat will start malfunctioning and eventually lose its effectiveness and break down. Some issues that you might notice as a result of an old thermostat include connectivity problems and lowered sensitivity. In this case, you will have to replace the thermostat to ensure the peak performance of your cooling system. If you suspect your thermostat is nearing the end of its life, get in touch with an AC repair technician to help you choose and install a new thermostat. 

Incorrect Thermostat Positioning

The location of your thermostat plays a significant role in ensuring the utmost performance of your AC. Therefore, if the thermostat is placed near a source of heat, the temperature regulator will pick the heat source temperature as the room temperature. Consequently, the AC will run to make the room cool. That said, you should place the thermostat somewhere far from any heat sources to make sure that it functions according to the normal room temperature.

Miscalibrated Thermostat 

Thermostats have sensors that are calibrated to guarantee correct temperature readings. However, with time, as the regulator gets old, it loses its accuracy and becomes miscalibrated. This issue can result in short cycles where the aircon unit shuts down or turns on faster than expected. Consequently, a short cycle will damage the unit's compressor, and keeping in mind that repairing it can be expensive, it will be best to get the help of a repair expert and have the temperature regulator recalibrated.  

Dirt Or Debris On The Thermostat

The thermostat has a sensor that might be affected by dirt and debris. Once dirt starts accumulating in the regulator, it fails to accurately read the room temperature. If you don't know where to start with the cleaning, engage an AC technician to have it checked. They will get rid of dirt or debris that might be on the wiring, fuses, and switches. 

Thermostat problems can affect the performance of your aircon as well as the health of your loved ones.

Contact an HVAC contractor if you have any questions about air conditioning system repairs


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