Although the heating system in your home contains lots of parts that must all work together to keep your home warm, it’s unlikely that you’ve dealt with any of the components in a hands on way—except for the thermostat. The thermostat is generally the only part of a furnace or heat pump that a homeowner deals with in a hands-on manner, but you may not expect that it can contribute to some common heating issues. In some drastic cases, the problems that occur as a result of thermostat trouble can lead you to call for premature heating installation in the Highlands.
Modern thermostats are far more effective than older thermostats. This is because older thermostats had dials and switches that were tough to read, making it difficult to tell whether you have set your heater to turn on at 67, 66, or 68 degrees, for example. And even a couple of degrees of difference can mean a lot for your heating bills or your comfort. If you set the thermostat higher than intended due to incorrect calibration or a thermostat that’s tough to navigate, the unit will have to work harder, meaning you’ll pay more on your monthly bills.
However, even with a newer thermostat, you can run into a number of different heating issues if it isn’t working properly. Often, you’ll be able to tell that something is wrong when your heater no longer gives off any heat. While this could be due to a faulty ignition system, electrical trouble, or one of many heating issues, it may also mean that the thermostat is failing. If something interferes with the thermostat wiring, your thermostat may be unable to communicate to your unit when it is time to run.
Another common problem resulting from defective thermostat wiring is short cycling. Short cycling is when a heating system is unable to complete the necessary cycle. It will run for a short period of time and then shut off before running again shortly afterwards. This is greatly detrimental to efficiency and can force components to wear down quickly.
If you need a new thermostat or if you suspect any other heating issue, give us a call as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.