Why Is Your Thermostat Reading the Wrong Temperature?

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You know when your home is feeling a little too toasty or chillier than you like. So, when the temperature doesn’t match up with what your thermostat is saying, it can be a bit of a head-scratcher. At Chandler Air, we hear from plenty of homeowners who experience this problem. This is why we wanted to address the most common reasons why a home thermostat is reading the wrong temperature.

Your Thermostat Is Just Getting Old

Just as some of us get a little overheated as we age, so do thermostats. As with any home appliance, thermostats can develop problems over time, such as reading the incorrect temperature. Replacing an old manual thermostat with a new programmable model will not only fix this problem, it will also enable you to save money on your utility bill.

Your Thermostat’s Sensor May Need Recalibration

Thermostat sensor malfunctions do happen. While it’s likely that you will need a new thermostat, it’s worth trying to recalibrate it first.

Your Thermostat Is Poorly Located

The most frequent problem we see is thermostats being installed in the wrong location. If it’s in direct sunlight or near sources of drafts, you simply won’t get an accurate reading.

Your Thermostat Isn’t Level

Old mercury-based thermostats need to be level to read the correct temperature. If it has been moved out of position or was installed off-level, you will be continuously frustrated by incorrect temperature readings.

Why a Correct Temperature Reading Really Matters

A thermostat that isn’t working properly can’t communicate effectively with your air conditioner or heater. You’ll either be getting too much or too little of what you need to keep a comfortable indoor temperature. In other words, you and your loved ones will likely be complaining of being too hot or too cold. And, it also can increase your HVAC system’s energy consumption.

Don’t continue to struggle with bad thermostat readings. Regardless of the problem, Chandler Air can help. Call us at 480-899-0267 to schedule an appointment.