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Is Your Thermostat the Cause of Your Cooling System Problem?

If your air conditioner fails to cool your home as effectively as it used to, or if it’s costing more to run, your immediate thought is likely going to be that something has gone wrong with the system itself. You may be concerned about the cost of repairs—or worse, replacement. Before your mind shifts to panic mode, however, keep in mind that your thermostat might actually be the component causing the problem.

Your thermostat serves as the brain for your HVAC system, meaning that it’s a very important component. Dealing with a malfunctioning, outdated, or failed thermostat is a lot easier to deal with than a failed condenser unit or compressor! Keep reading to learn how your thermostat may be the issue.

Misplacement, Misuse, or Misreading

If you notice that your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home effectively, it may be that your thermostat is misreading the temperature in your home. This is of course a serious problem that needs to be addressed quickly, but it may be a simple fix. Your thermostat may need to be re-calibrated, or it might be in a bad location.

Misplacement is one of the most common reasons for misreadings. Is your thermostat installed near a window or a door? Or is it on an outward facing wall? If so, even though it’s reading the temperatures correctly, those temperatures do not match those in the rest of the house.

It’s also possible that you don’t have a thermostat that fits your needs. Consider an upgrade to a programmable model, as this will eliminate the temptation of fiddling with an outdated, manual thermostat on a daily basis. This will help your HVAC system run more effectively, and ideally more affordably as well!

For quality thermostat installation and upgrades in Fremont, CA, contact Comfy Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. today.

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