Thermostat Repair

thermostat repair newtownIf your home in Bucks County, PA doesn’t feel as warm as it should, but you can feel that your heater is blowing warm air throughout your house, then you may be having an issue with your thermostat.

There are two primary problems that can be attributed to a faulty thermostat.

  • Your thermostat isn’t accurately controlling the temperature. If you have your thermostat set to heat your Newtown, PA, house at 72 degrees, but it feels more like 62 degrees, then your thermostat is either reading the room temperature incorrectly or not sending the correct signals to your HVAC unit.
  • The temperature swings back and forth. If the room in your home drops to an uncomfortably cool temperature before the heat turns on, or the heater is turning off and on too frequently, then this is also a problem that is likely caused by your thermostat.

Sometimes, there’s actually a very simple reason why the thermostat in your Bucks County, PA, or Montgomery County, PA, home is not working correctly. Before you reach for the phone, try these easy troubleshooting tips:

  • Swap the batteries. While not all thermostats require batteries to operate, if yours does, then this is one of the first things that you’ll want to check. Whether you have a newer thermostat with a digital display, or a traditional style with a knob, you’ll typically need to remove the front panel to access the batteries. If your problem doesn’t improve even after changing the batteries, then there are a few more things you can try.
  • Remove dust. Just like other electronic equipment, your thermostat may not run correctly if there is too much dust inside the unit. This is especially true for older thermostats in Newtown, PA. Too much dirt buildup can cause inaccurate temperature readings, which means the heat or air conditioning won’t be turning on when it should. Just like before, you’ll need to remove the front cover of the unit. Then use a small, soft-bristled paintbrush or makeup brush to dust it out, taking special care to remove the dirt from metal coils and contact plates.
  • Try another location. Sometimes, the only issue with the thermostat has nothing to do with a fault in the unit itself, but rather where it is located in your home. If the thermostat is located near a heat source, then it won’t be able to read the temperature in your room accurately. Besides making sure that it is located away from air registers, you’ll also want to make sure that it is away from other heat sources like lamps, televisions and computers. The thermostat should be mounted at least five feet from the floor to get an accurate reading, too.
  • Adjust the anticipator. This will involve opening your unit once again. The anticipator is a small metal tab set on a scale, typically with the word “longer” appearing at some point on the scale. If your heater or air conditioner in Montgomery County, PA, is turning off and on too frequently, then you’ll want to move that tab close to the “longer” setting. Make sure you wait a few hours for the system to adjust before deciding whether or not this resolved your issue.

If you are unable to troubleshoot the unit yourself, then you can rely on the experts at One Hour to be able to diagnose and fix the issue with your thermostat. We serve communities throughout Bucks County, PA, and Montgomery County, PA, including Newtown, PA.

Sometimes, if you have an older thermostat that has been giving you frequent trouble, it may be a better choice to replace it instead of trying to repair it. One Hour also provides professional thermostat installation, and they will help you choose the best new thermostat for your home and lifestyle.

There are a few types of thermostats that you can choose from:

  • Non-programmable: This is the standard type of thermostat which allows you to simply change the temperature to be warmer or cooler as needed. While older models may have operated with a dial, most models today come with an LED display. They are:
    • Simple to operate
    • No frills, no fuss
  • Programmable: This type allows you to create a program to decide ahead of time when the heat or air conditioner will run in your Glenside, PA, Elkins Park, PA, Churchville, PA, Richboro, PA,Villanova, PA, or Newtown, PA, home. For example, you can set it to a cooler temperature at night, and have it set to turn on automatically in the morning when you wake up. The benefits include:
    • Allows you to set it once and then not worry about it
    • May help you save money by programming lower temperatures
  • Touch screen: Another type of programmable thermostat has a touchscreen instead of the standard panel with buttons.
    • Offers simpler navigation than a standard programmable thermostat
  • Wireless: The newest type of thermostat is a wireless system, which is a further upgrade on the programmable thermostat. You can make adjustments to the system’s schedule even when you’re not at home by using an app on your phone.
    • Great for tech-savvy homeowners who want full control

If you’re having problems with the thermostat in your home in Bucks County, PA, or Montgomery County, PA, give us a call today!

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