Thermostats tell heating and cooling equipment when to turn off and on. When these devices malfunction, nothing works quite like it should. If the thermostat in your Richardson, TX home has a reading that’s below your preferred temperature setting, it could be due to one of the four following reasons.
1. Your Thermostat Needs Calibration
Thermostats should be inspected and calibrated once annually. Absent of this maintenance, your thermostat may lose its ability to accurately read your indoor temperature. Technical glitches can cause both manual and digital thermostats to read indoor temperatures higher or lower than they actually are.
2. It’s Time to Replace Your Thermostat
Thermostats have an average lifespan of 10 years. If calibration doesn’t improve your thermostat’s ability to read indoor temperatures accurately, it may have a fixable problem, but it also may need to be replaced. This gives you a chance to upgrade your thermostat for energy efficiency and overall convenience.
3. Air Leaks or Improper Furnace Sizing
Your thermostat might not be the source of the issue; it could stem from somewhere else in your HVAC system. If your furnace is too small for your home, your indoor temperature could stay below your preferred setting even if your heater is running all of the time. If you have leaky air ducts or air leaks at your windows or doors, it might not be possible for your furnace to keep up with the resulting ongoing heat loss.
4. It’s Too Cold Outdoors
Excessively cold outdoor temperatures can create colder-than-normal temperatures indoors even if your thermostat is set correctly. Surprisingly, this is also true during spring and summer if the outside weather is abnormally cool. If your thermostat is set higher than the temperature outside, the thermostat’s reading will fall and remain below your preferred temperature until conditions change.
We’re committed to helping residents of Richardson, TX maintain high-functioning and highly efficient HVAC equipment. We offer air conditioner, heat pump, and heater installation, maintenance, and repairs. Our clients can also turn to us for thermostat maintenance and indoor air quality services. If your thermostat isn’t performing like it should, give Hammack Service Company, Inc. a call.