The Impact of a Failing Thermostat to Your Heating System

A faulty thermostat can cause a lot of problems for your heating system. It can make your system work harder than it needs to, leading to higher energy bills and premature wear and tear on your equipment. In extreme cases, a faulty thermostat can even damage your furnace.

Read on as J & M Air Conditioning & Heating—one of your trusted local heat pump inspection providers—discusses what you need to know about thermostats and HVAC systems.


Common Problems Caused by a Faulty Thermostat

There are a few common problems that a faulty thermostat can cause:

  • It may run longer than necessary, leading to higher energy bills.

  • A bad thermostat is more likely to overheat, causing damage to the equipment.

  • Your home may be uncomfortable if the temperature is not set correctly, especially during summer and winter.

How to Fix a Malfunctioning Thermostat

If you think your thermostat may be faulty, check the batteries first. If they are low or dead, they may be causing the problem. Simply replacing the batteries should fix the issue.

However, if changing the batteries doesn’t solve the problem, you may need to replace your thermostat. This is a relatively simple process that a qualified HVAC technician can do.

Tips for Maintaining Your HVAC System

Here are a few tips for maintaining your HVAC system:

  • Change the air filter regularly. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow and cause your system to work harder than necessary.

  • Have your system serviced annually. A professional HVAC technician can clean and inspect your system to ensure it’s running efficiently.

  • Make sure your thermostat is working properly. A faulty thermostat can cause many problems, so it’s important to test it regularly and replace it if necessary.

How to Test Your Thermostat

There are a few things you can do to test your thermostat:

  • Check the batteries. Drained batteries may be the culprit behind your malfunctioning thermostat. Fortunately, you can solve this problem by changing the batteries.

  • Ensure the settings are correct. Check if the thermostat is set to “heat” mode and if the temperature is set properly.

  • Turn your heating or cooling system on and see if it responds. If it doesn’t, there may be a problem with your thermostat or HVAC equipment.

Sometimes the thermostat isn’t the problem. It could be the other components of your HVAC system. For instance, the electrical components and moving parts may cease to operate if your window air conditioner rain is in standing deep water from excessive rainfall. You will need a trained professional to take a look and determine what the real problem is. An HVAC technician can conduct a furnace or heat pump inspection and provide you with recommendations on the next steps.

Consult HVAC Professionals Today!

If your thermostat is faulty, it’s important to have it checked by a qualified HVAC technician. At J & M Air Conditioning & Heating, we can inspect your thermostat and make sure it’s working properly. We can also provide air conditioning services as well as heating and ventilation solutions in San Jacinto and the Hemet, CA area.

For more information or to schedule a service appointment, please contact us today at (951) 654-3464 if you’re in the San Jacinto area or (760) 253-9631 if you’re in the Palm Desert area.