How To Tell If Your Thermostat Is Broken

Is your thermostat broken? It can be difficult to tell, especially if you’re not familiar with how they work. In this blog post, we will discuss the signs that your thermostat is not working properly. We will also provide tips on how to fix it if it is broken. So, if you’ve been wondering whether or not your thermostat needs to be replaced, keep reading!

The Signs of a Broken Thermostat

To start off we’re going to tell you the main signs that your thermostat is broken or not working properly.

  1. No response to changing settings. If you change your temperature on the thermostat it should be responding very shortly after making the change. You should be hearing your systems start working after a change. If not, this could be a sign it is broken.
  2. Short-Cycling. This is when your HVAC system shuts down too early and doesn’t complete its full cooling or heating cycle. This can sometimes be caused by dirt or debris in the air filter of your system. If this isn’t the case – the problem most likely lies within your thermostat.
  3. Thermostat losing programmed settings. Most modern thermostat systems can be programmed and set to you and the needs of your house. If you find that you have to reset or reprogram these settings often, it’s another sign your thermostat is at the end of its lifespan.
  4. Different temperatures throughout your home. Your thermostat should be controlling the temperature of each room, and if the rooms of your house aren’t matching up with the thermostat, that is one more sign your thermostat isn’t working properly.
  5. AC or heating running non-stop. If you notice your air conditioner or heater is running for very long periods of time or not shutting down, your thermostat could be broken. Your thermostat is supposed to tell your heating/cooling when the desired temperature has been reached. If it’s not doing this, the problem points towards your thermostat.

These 5 signs are some of the most common indicators of a broken thermostat. If you notice any of these things in your home, it’s time to get the problem fixed. A broken thermostat not only leads to an uncomfortable home but can also cost you more money. 

If you know your thermostat is old and outdated, take a look at our advice on the benefits of getting a new thermostat. At a certain point, your old thermostat will cause more problems and cost you more than just replacing the system would be.

Simple Fixes

Sometimes these problems are caused by simple issues that can be fixed by you rather than a paid professional. Before you dish out the money, consider this list of common fixes.

  1. Double-check your thermostat screen and batteries. Take another look at the thermostat screen and make sure it’s bright and lit up. If not, check the batteries and test the device out again.
  2. Check your circuit breaker. Make sure nothing was tripped and check your breaker box.
  3. Evaluate the location of your thermostat. Sometimes your thermostat is just in a location that is prone to temperature changes. If it’s nearby a door that is opened frequently, or in direct sunlight – it could change the temperature readings.

Reach out to Central Heating

If your suspect your thermostat is broken and you can’t fix it yourself, feel free to reach out to our experienced staff at Central Heating. We are here to troubleshoot and fix any problems you may have with your heating, cooling, and thermostat systems.

Call us now at (406) 756-6656, or fill out our Contact Page to get in touch. We are here to provide you with excellent service and upfront pricing. Reach out now to get your thermostat problem fixed.

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