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Facts You Need To Know About Your Thermostat

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Know The Difference Between AC Trouble And A Bad Thermostat

Think about a time you were happy that your home’s AC went out. That memory probably doesn’t exist, right? Having air conditioner troubles is never fun. Your home becomes uncomfortable and you probably get nervous worrying about what it’s going to cost to make repairs. Fortunately, a majority of air conditioner problems can be attributed to faulty thermostats. This is good news since usually repairing or replacing your thermostat is far cheaper than needing repairs on your AC system. 

In this article, you will learn about thermostats and how they work with your central heating and air conditioning to keep you comfortable. You will also learn about repairing and replacing your thermostats and a few tricks that you can try before you call for professional help. Finally, you will learn how important HVAC maintenance is to get the most out of your AC unit. 

What Is A Thermostat?

What Is a Smart Home Thermostat?
Your thermostat is arguably the most important component of your air conditioning system. Indeed, a perfect air conditioner won’t work without being told to by the thermostat. The thermostat controls when the air conditioner comes on to lower the temperature in your home and it tells the unit when the desired temperature is met so it can cycle off.

Thermostats are usually located in a central hallway in the home, near the intake for the air conditioner. The reason for this is that the temperature is the most stable and accurate as the unconditioned air flows past it on its way to through the system. Once enough conditioned air has cycled around your home, the temperature will be correct and the thermostat will allow the air conditioner to shut off. 

Fixing A Thermostat

Fixing a ThermostatIf your thermostat is having trouble, it would appear that the entire system is broken. Neither the compressor nor the blower fan will come on to circulate air. Firstly, check the batteries. Some thermostats run off of battery power. The batteries may die or corrosion may prevent the battery from making good enough contact to power the thermostat. 

Speaking of good contacts, if you feel confident you can remove the faceplate or pop the thermostat off of the wall and check to make sure all of the wiring is firmly connected. While the faceplate is off, blow any dust off that has accumulated. 

How Important Is HVAC Maintenance?

Benefits of HVAC Maintenance

Routine maintenance is the most important thing you can do to protect your air conditioning unit. Keeping filters clean is something most homeowners do themselves but beyond that, it is beneficial to enlist the help of an HVAC professional. Most HVAC contractors have programs that allow homeowners to sign up for scheduled maintenance. During scheduled maintenance, an HVAC technician will verify the thermostat and check for mechanical issues that may be forming in your compressor and blower units. 

About Gene Johnson Plumbing And Heating

Gene Johnson Plumbing and Heating is a family-owned and operated HVAC contractor serving the Seattle, WA area since 1976. They offer an excellent maintenance program aimed at keeping your plumbing and heating costs low. The techs at Gene Johnson are ready to serve you 24-hours a day.