May 29

Is Your Thermostat Giving You Problems?

home in Raritan NJ with thermostat issuesSkylands Energy offers a variety of HVAC services to customers in Raritan and the surrounding regions. Our services include thermostat installation and repairs.

Our friendly and professional NATE-certified technicians have the skills and knowledge to service your air conditioning and heating unit promptly and efficiently. We offer exemplary customer service at reasonable prices. Contact us today to make an appointment.

Some of the services we offer are AC maintenance, heater repairs, HVAC tune-ups, heating and cooling installations, to name a few. Contact us today to get additional information from our team of home comfort specialists.

Many frustrated homeowners give us a call this time of year. In most cases, it is because they are under the impression that the home’s thermostat is malfunctioning. However, below are some tips to help you determine whether or not this is the case:

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Troubleshooting Your Thermostat

A malfunctioning thermostat is one of the most common reasons a person may call an HVAC technician. Homeowners usually do not discover that the HVAC system has problems until the thermostat begins to malfunction.

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Check Points

If you find that your thermostat is malfunctioning, follow the quick and easy tips outlined below:

Check The Battery

HVAC technician working on thermostatMost modern thermostats are battery-operated. Although wires run to the furnace from the thermostat, such connections are typically in place merely to control the actual HVAC unit. They do not control the thermostat. Remove the thermostat’s front panel. If you do not know how to do this, refer to the user’s manual. After removing it, replace the old batteries with new ones.

Find Out If A Brownout Has Occurred

A bottleneck, a “brownout,” or other power impediment is a less common issue that may cause your thermostat to malfunction. It may result from a malfunctioning heating and cooling system. Even Wi-Fi thermostats and smart thermostats may be affected by a brownout. However, before you replace the thermostat, you should contact a technician to make sure this is the actual source of the problem. It may also be an overall power issue in your dwelling, in which case you will need the services of an HVAC specialist.

Check The Settings Of The Thermostat

In areas that experience four seasons throughout the year, it is not uncommon for one member of the household to change the thermostat’s settings without telling anyone else. For example, one member of the home may have set the thermostat to “cool,” causing other members of the house to think the heating unit is malfunctioning.  We once went a serviced a home with an old Honeywell thermostat. The wife had changed the settings and the husband thought that the heater wasn’t working! Therefore, checking the settings saves a lot of time and trouble.


Make Sure The Thermostat Is On

Even though this statement may seem oversimplified, it happens more frequently than most people believe. If your thermostat is the type of model that displays the time and outside temperature, it is easy to overlook the fact that it may only be shut off. A good strategy is to follow a checklist when switching from heat to air-conditioning or the other way around. If your thermostat has this capability, you may also be able to set a program on your programmable thermostat.

Fan-Only Mode

thermostat not workingSpecific HVAC systems come with a “fan-only mode.” Just as its name implies, this setting allows the HVAC system to run the fan by itself. Therefore, even though the sound is the same, the unit may only be circulating room temperature air throughout your home, causing you to think that the air conditioner component is not functioning properly. Fortunately, this situation is fixable by making sure you set the system to “auto,” as opposed to “fan only.” The “auto” setting is also the more energy-efficient option.

Room Temperature Does Not Match Thermostat Setting

Thermostats frequently become dirty and dusty on the inside. When this debris builds up, it can cause inaccurate readings to occur. Therefore, members of the home may think that the temperature is not changing with the thermostat’s current setting. Fortunately, keeping the thermostat clean can resolve this issue.


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The simple tips listed above can help you troubleshoot thermostat issues and avoid wasting money on repairs that are preventable. If the problem is simple and you can fix it yourself, it is in your best interest to avoid spending money on an unnecessary service call.

However, if you have a specific problem and the suggestions above prove ineffective, a reliable HVAC technician should evaluate the system. Although you may be tempted to work on your system without a technician’s help, professionals warn against this activity. The reason is that you may eventually make the initial problem worse, damage the home, or harm yourself in the process.

Get in touch with Skylands Energy to schedule an appointment with one of our reliable HVAC technicians. We can troubleshoot all problems occurring with your thermostat or install a new one if this is necessary. It is in your best interest upgrade to a smart thermostat if replacement is needed. It will not be difficult to find the perfect thermostat for your home after reading thermostat reviews and speaking to one of our experts. Our technicians will carefully explain all your options so that you are completely satisfied with your selection.

We provide a broad range of cooling and heating services, including heating and cooling repairs, air conditioning installation, HVAC tune-ups and much more. Get in touch with us today for additional information or to schedule an appointment for a free estimate.

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Some of the areas we service include Bridgewater, Flagtown, Raritan, Somerville and these zip codes: 08807, 08821, 08869, 08876 as well as all surrounding areas in Somerset County, New Jersey.

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