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Jun 22 2016

What Should I Do if My Thermostat Is Not Displaying the Right Temperature?

Smart Thermostat

When it comes to troubleshooting and problem solving your HVAC system, you should almost always start at the thermostat. It’s the quarterback of your home’s entire climate control system, so when it’s off, nothing is going to work the way it should.

One of the most common problems we see here in the industry is a faulty temperature display. While you can certainly call in the professionals to fix it for you, there are a few tips and tricks you can try before picking up the phone.

DIY: Troubleshooting Your Thermostat

The first thing we recommend is understanding whether your display is showing the system temp or the internal temp. A few of the smart thermostat interfaces don’t show both numbers simultaneously, so it can be a little confusing if you aren’t paying close attention. However, if you’ve got the right display and it’s still off…

The next thing to check is whether or not the unit is level. Because the thermostat can sometimes have liquid temperature components inside, knocking it askew can impact the ability to properly measure the temperature. But if everything looks nice and level then…

Check for external heat sources. Do you have a lamp or TV placed too close to your thermostat? If so, the heat generated by the lights and electronics can falsely convince the thermostat it’s warmer than it is. If nothing is in the immediate vicinity, then your next best bet is to…

Clean your thermostat. Dirt, dust, and debris can clog up the interior components and make an accurate temperature reading impossible. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions for basic cleaning, and see if that does the trick.

Still Having Thermostat Problems?

We’ve got the solution. Contact our team of experts at Comfort Services today, and we’ll schedule one of our troubleshooting/problem solving experts to come out to your house right away.

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