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Troubleshooting Your Thermostat: Is It Time to Call a Professional?

When it comes to indoor air comfort, the last thing you want to deal with as summer approaches is a malfunctioning air conditioner. But what if your AC problems aren’t coming from the actual cooling system? The problem may actually lie in the thermostat itself, which is essentially the brain of the entire air conditioning system. Without this working properly, your AC cannot do its job.

Is My Thermostat Bad?

First, ensure that your thermostat is set to the “cool” position and you aren’t just running the fan. Then, set the thermostat to 5 degrees lower than you normally would, and pay attention to whether or not the air conditioner turns on. If it doesn’t, then there is a problem with how your thermostat is communicating with the rest of the system. Be sure to check your circuit breaker and other appliances and lighting in your home as it may be a power issue. If your home is getting power and you still have no cool air coming in, it may be time to call a professional.

What’s the Problem?

Your thermostat’s setting and thermometer may disagree. It most cases, this can be fixed by adjusting the thermostat 5 degrees, but as we mentioned above this may not be the solution. You may have to have a professional service the thermostat.

The AC system cycles too fast or too slow. This can happen if your thermostat is in an area where full sunshine or heat-generating appliances affect it. Check its location to ensure it’s not in a space that may be influenced by external forces.

Additionally you’ll want to remember that digital thermostats typically provide precise temperature control and may cycle faster than some older mechanical models as a result.

The fan won’t stop running. This will happen if the fan is in its “on” mode. Ensure that you have the thermostat set to “Fan Auto” so that it does not run continuously. If your system is in Fan Auto mode and you still have this issue, then a professional needs to take a look.

For thermostat service in Espanola, NM contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration today!

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