When to Replace Your Home Thermostat

Thermostats play a pivotal role in keeping your home safe and comfortable all year long. These units act as a bridge between you and your heating and cooling system, communicating your desired temperature to the HVAC system to keep your home cool or warm. When any heating or air conditioning issues occur that threaten the overall safety of your home, it can be difficult to determine if the issues are with your HVAC system or your home’s thermostat.

In the latest blog post from Schebler Heating and Air, we’ll discuss some signs that can let you know when to replace a home thermostat and upgrade to a new thermostat. 

HVAC System is Short Cycling

Short cycling occurs when an HVAC system isn’t able to complete a full heating or cooling cycle. This usually happens when a home’s thermostat incorrectly believes that the set temperature has been reached.

When the HVAC system short cycles your energy costs will rise without properly addressing the comfort issues in your home. Contact an HVAC technician to have your thermostat inspected to verify that the thermostat is causing the short cycling. When you replace your thermostat, you might be able to stop the short cycling issues with your heating or cooling system. 

Energy Bills Are Rising

A faulty thermostat can inaccurately read temperatures in the home. This can cause an HVAC system to run more often than required, or to stay on for longer periods of time. Both issues can lead to high energy bills and significant wear on your HVAC system. Test your thermostat’s accuracy with a portable indoor thermometer and set it on top of the thermostat and see if they get the same temperature reading. 

If you believe that your thermostat is not properly reading temperatures in your home, be sure to reach out to a professional. They’ll be able to perform tests to determine the system’s accuracy. If your thermostat is reading temperatures higher or lower than are actually in your home, you’ll want to replace your thermostat.

The Thermostat is Over 10 Years Old

Like all other appliances within your home, your home’s thermostat has a limited lifespan. While it can be lengthened by taking good care of the system, thermostats typically work at peak condition for around 10 years. After the 10 year mark, you might notice more issues occurring than before.

If any issues occur with the unit after it’s reached 10 years of age, repairing the system will likely cost more money than a thermostat replacement would. 

Your Home is Often Too Warm or Cool

Keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer is a priority of any home. A faulty thermostat isn’t able to keep all areas of the home consistently warm or cool as well as newer and more efficient thermostats. Replacing the thermostat with a more modern unit can provide instant benefits, such as more consistent and reliable temperatures throughout your entire home.

Your Thermostat Doesn’t Have the Features You Want

There’s no shame in buying a new thermostat when there’s nothing wrong with your current one. Smart thermostats and programmable thermostats allow users to create temperature schedules throughout the day so they’re not heating or cooling an empty house when they’re not home. These new thermostats can help you save money on your energy bill more so than non programmable thermostats. 

Smart thermostats take setting schedules easier because you can set temperatures from your phone or smart device. Consider your replacement thermostat options and see if there’s more you wish your thermostat could do, then talk to an HVAC system technician to replace your thermostat. 

Contact Schebler for Thermostat Replacement Services

Schebler Heating and Air understands how important it is to keep your family safe and comfortable during the cold winters and hot summers. To help you maintain consistent temperatures and low energy bills throughout the entire year, contact us for thermostat replacement services in the Quad Cities area. Schedule services with our team of experienced and knowledgeable technicians today.