All of you native Kansans out there you know what I’m talking about, we’ve all experienced at least a few times in our life coming home to a room that is either colder or hotter than it is outside. We all made that confused and sad face when the temperature inside the house is not what we were expecting and we don’t understand why nobody fixed it before we got home. Well I can tell you that one of the factors of why it’s so cold or hot in your home is because of your thermostat. The thermostat is your very own magical little box that you can command to make your environment a Frozen Tundra or a sweltering Amazon.
Now let’s talk this, the thermostat or t-stat as us technicians call it. Your thermostat is obviously what controls the climate in your home, for making it as cool or as warm as you want it to be. The controls are pretty basic and easy to understand without reading a manual…unless you got one of those fancy do-hickies that you can control from your computer for phone. Those, you will have to use a manual. Even us technicians sometimes have trouble installing those fancy ones. But for the most part all t-stats do the same thing, control your air. The thermostat controls how much and when to start the cycle of heating or cooling your home.
What you might not know is that your thermostat can be the problem of why your hvac system is not working. If your thermostat is not wired correctly to your furnace and air conditioner will not get the correct signals it needs to know when to come on and shut off. Obviously we all know that there are wires in the thermostat that send a signal to you system to heat or cool your home, but if your wiring is all messed up you could have the potential of making your air conditioner come on in the middle of a snow storm instead of the furnace. How you can determine if the wiring is bad is if the furnace comes on instead of the air conditioning like you wanted, if you have recently checked and changed your filters, had your furnace or air conditioner cleaned and made sure that your batteries are still working or just changed them out. If you have done all of these things and the thermostat still isn’t sending the right signals or not signals at all, that is when you need to call us!
Ok, now I need to talk about your batteries, a lot of people don’t really think about this first but the batteries in your t-stat could be a factor as to what is or isn’t turning on your system. We’ve had a lot of customers in our day call in a panic about their air conditioner or furnace not working or turning on, and when we get there it’s a simple change out of the batteries. Now don’t ever be embarrassed if it just a simple change out of the batteries and that was all that the technician did, it’s what we are trained to check and do. And trust me there are a TON of people out there that it has happened to. But ALWAYS check your batteries before you call a professional hvac tech, it will save you a diagnostic fee.
In some cases there is nothing wrong with the wiring or the batteries and it is just a bad thermostat, not everything will always come out working correctly. For some people they have just been given a lemon, and do you know what you need to do with that lemon? Get your receipt and take it back. I wouldn’t try to make lemonade with that, ever. If I’ve spent my hard-earned money on something, you better believe that if it doesn’t work the second I set it up, I immediately take it back. There have been plenty of customers we’ve had to deal with in the past that they swore nothing was wrong with their thermostat and that it was something that the previous company had done or that we had messed something up when we were out there last…Most cases it was just a bad thermostat.
I hope this has helped shed some light on system and helped you better understand what is involved in what can go wrong with your system. Now, this is not the only thing that can go wrong with your system. There is of course other things that can break down, get plugged up or crack. But this is one thing that you can control or potentially fix yourself. As always if you ever feel unsure and would rather have a professional show you what you can do to fix it or have any questions, please do not hesitate to call! That is what we are here for, to help you achieve comfort in your home.