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How a Miscalibrated Thermostat Impairs Your HVAC System

Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 4:52 pm

A thermostat can make or break an HVAC system: you might have the most advanced heater and air conditioner installed in your home, but without an adequately working thermostat, you won’t be able to accurately control or program the system, resulting in inefficient performance and a lowering of comfort. Often, these malfunctions will resemble another type of repair trouble with the system, but when you call on technicians experienced with heating and cooling technology, they will quickly get to the bottom of the problem and find out if the thermostat is at fault.

In some cases, you should have a new thermostat installed to replace the damaged older one; this is an especially good idea if you have an older manual thermostat or a non-programmable digital model. Not only will the new thermostat take care of the repair trouble, but it will perform more effectively than the older one did and give you energy saving performance and better comfort.

To talk to experts in thermostats in Rockledge, FL for any services you may need, contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today.

Thermostat miscalibration

The most common problem that thermostats encounter, one that often goes undetected at first, is miscalibration. A miscalibrated thermostat will inaccurately gauge the indoor temperature, and will then turn the heater and air conditioner on and off at the wrong times—either running too long and running too short. It only takes a few degrees of miscalibration to throw off the comfort in your house and cause the HVAC system to start draining energy unnecessarily. If the thermostat causes the system to run longer than it should, it will also cause the heater or AC to age faster.

Another potential problem from a miscalibrated thermostat is “short cycling.” This happens when the heater or AC stops its heating/cooling cycle too early because the thermostat incorrectly read that the target temperature was reached. The system halts prematurely—only to turn back on a short time later and repeat the process. This places tremendous strain on the HVAC system, and it will cost more to run since heaters and air conditioners use up the most power when they start up.

If you have noticed uneven temperatures in your home, a heater or air conditioner that seems to come on and off when it shouldn’t, or a short cycling HVAC system, then call for professional repair technicians. If your thermostat is miscalibrated, they will set it so it reads temperatures correctly again. They will also advise you if they think that you should replace an older thermostat.

Contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. for comprehensive services to install, replace, or repair thermostats in Rockledge, FL.

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