The consequences of a bad thermostat

While it’s great that we don’t have to deal with the same kinds of cold temperatures that other areas of the country do, that doesn’t mean we aren’t immune to certain issues with our air conditioners. In fact, considering how much we use them, it can almost cause a different set of equally frustrating and expensive problems.

One of those is dealing with a bad thermostat.

How you use a thermostat plays a big role in not only your utility bill but also the overall health of your HVAC system. Making sure it’s in good working shape and working in consort with the rest of your system is imperative to your system’s overall sense of well-being. Today’s blog is about just that. Here are some examples of how bad thermostats can negatively impact your HVAC system. Let’s jump right in.

The control center

Think of your thermostat like the brain of your HVAC system. It helps choose whether there’s hot or cold air blowing out, dictates when your system turns off and on and overall – what the temperature of your home will be.

Problems emerge however – when the two aren’t working together. HVAC systems may be working harder or overtime to produce half the desired result.  Even if your thermostat is only off by a little bit – it can make a big difference at the end of the month when you get your utility bill and see the really big number at the bottom.

Not only will a faulty thermostat cost you at the end of the month, but it can also cause unnecessary wear and tear that can lead to costly repairs. Air conditioners are fickle beasts at times – and when one thing isn’t working as it should, something else in the system ends up overcompensating. And it’s that overcompensation that ultimately leads to system malfunctions, repairs and sometimes even total replacement.

And oh yeah – your home won’t be as comfortable! Let’s not forget that!

Short cycling woes

Thermostats are a common culprit in the process of short-cycling – or when an HVAC system cycles on and off rapidly. Short Cycling is not something you want to be dealing with because systems expend a lot of energy turning on and off. So in addition to poor usage – your system can suck up even more energy and take on more wear and tear than what we described above. It’s a double-whammy!

Should you get an upgrade?

The good news in all of this is that if your thermostat isn’t working, then you can simply fix the problem by upgrading. Not only is it an affordable upgrade, but you can save a ton of money using it. Technology has made a lot of advancements recently and with the number of digital options available today, you can better control the what, how much and when of heating and cooling while also saving yourself a ton of money.

So long story, short – if it’s not working, upgrade! Considering the cost of repairing it vs. replacing it – it’s a no brainer.

If you would like us to give you an evaluation of how your AC units are working, we’re happy to do so. Just give us a call today and we’ll give you a free consultation. Until then, good luck!

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