As more Bay Area homeowners focus on reducing energy use and saving money, many have had programmable thermostats installed. While these types of thermostats are highly reliable, just like any other piece of equipment, they can malfunction. Homeowners in San Francisco, San Mateo, Hayward, and surrounding areas will find the following troubleshooting tips useful.
First of all, check the battery. Most programmable thermostats provide a low battery signal, but some may not. AA batteries are the most common type used in these thermostats. If your batteries are six months old or older, it’s a good idea to replace them. Before changing batteries, be sure to switch the unit off. Locating the battery compartment should be simple once the cover is removed.
Test out the heating system – or vice versa. Depending on the season, you will want to test the opposite system to determine if the problem may be something more serious. For instance, in summer months when you typically use the air conditioner, switch on the heat. Change the temperature setting up and down to determine if the programming is being followed. If the thermostat seems to be working with one system (either the heat or air), the problem is likely not the thermostat, but the system. Call our San Mateo HVAC professionals for help.
Check the fuse. The fuse works to control power levels, and like a light bulb’s filament it will separate due to power overload. If it appears the filament has separated, take it out and carry it with you to ensure you purchase the right type of replacement at the hardware or home improvement store.
If you have tried all of the above and your programmable thermostat still isn’t functioning properly, it may be time to replace it. It’s a good idea to find out if your thermostat may still be under warranty, or if perhaps it is under recall. You can do this by contacting the manufacturer.
Installing a programmable thermostat is a fairly easy process for most do-it-yourselfers, but if you need help, give us a call!
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we work to help Bay Area homeowners enjoy home comfort year-round while saving on energy use and costs. Whether you need a new heat and air system installed or just need assistance, we’re ready to help.