The Most Common Problems With Programmable Thermostats

If you happen to have a programmable thermostat inside of your home, then you probably already know how much better it is than a traditional mercury one. The main reason why is because programmable thermostats are designed to be energy-efficient. In fact, according to many energy experts, by installing one, you can easily save 30-40 percent on annual energy costs.

However, in order to take advantage of this benefit, it’s important that your programmable thermostat is working effectively. So, if you’re curious to know what some of the common problems of programmable thermostats are along with some things that you can do in order to fix the issue, please keep reading.

The readout doesn’t display properly. If the readout on your thermostat is not showing up or it appears to be a bit erratic, there’s a pretty good chance that it’s time for you to replace your batteries. Or, it could be that the circuit breaker has tripped. So, before doing anything else, change out your batteries and also check your circuit breaker and reset it. If that doesn’t fix the problem, you might want to refer to your owner’s manual or reach out to a technician for some additional tips.

Adjusting the thermostat is difficult. When you want to change the temperature on your thermostat and the buttons seem harder than usual to push, it’s probably because there is some dust or debris on or inside of the panel. You can usually fix the issue by first wiping down the front of panel with an alcohol wipe and then opening up the body and gently dusting it off.

Seasonal time setting has not been adjusted. Another awesome thing about having a programmable thermostat is the fact that you can preset it for when you’re home or away. However, if you forget to adjust the time setting based on the seasonable time change, the temperature may not be quite what you intended it to be. So, make it a rule of thumb that when you change your clocks, you don’t forget to change the time on your programmable thermostat too.

The fuse inside has gone bad. If your thermostat is not working at all, you might find yourself wondering if it might be time to invest in an entirely new air conditioning system. Before you start panicking, first look to see if the fuse has gone bad. If after opening up the thermostat, you realize that the fuse is indeed blown, take the old fuse with you to a local home improvement store. You can get a new fuse for a really affordable price.

The batteries have expired. Although programmable thermostats are awesome and relatively low maintenance, sometimes they do not work simply because the batteries inside of them have expired. So, how do you know when it’s time to replace them? Well, if you want to avoid waiting until they go out altogether, make a point to change out the batteries on an annual basis. By replacing old ones for new ones about every 12 months, your programmable thermostat should work just fine without any interruptions.

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