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A thermostat is integral in keeping your home’s climate comfortable and safe by communicating to your HVAC system. With the winter weather here in Palm Springs, CA, you want to ensure that your thermostat is functional to keep your home warm. Here are signs that your thermostat is beyond repair and when to replace it.

Faulty Thermostat Readings

If your thermostat registers incorrect temperatures, it’s probably malfunctioning. Unfortunately, that could mean that the need for a replacement might be imminent. To verify the temperatures, test the readings using a portable indoor thermometer. If the readings are wrong, the thermostat sensor is faulty due to defects, old age, or misuse.

HVAC Improperly Turning On or Off

Your thermostat might be beyond repair if it doesn’t send signals or prompts to the HVAC system. Faulty wiring inside the thermostat could compromise the connection to your HVAC system. It may be time to hire a heating expert for a replacement if the thermostat improperly turns your HVAC on or off.

Constant Temperature Swings

A malfunctioning thermostat can barely maintain temperature settings. It continuously changes temperature settings without sending signals. If you try lowering the thermostat settings and the temperatures still shift, it may be time to call a technician to replace your thermostat.

Suspiciously High Energy Bills

Your thermostat could be the reason why your energy bills are suspiciously higher than usual. When the thermostat fails, it causes the HVAC to overwork by cycling multiple times, so it uses more energy than it should. If a repair doesn’t fix the issue, it’s best to hire an expert for replacement.

An Old and Obsolete Thermostat

The lifespan of a thermostat is usually a decade, meaning you might need to replace it when it gets old and obsolete. It’s advisable to replace an old thermostat with a newer and more efficient thermostat with programmable options. A programmable thermostat has more programming options than old thermostats.

It’s time to consider replacing your thermostat if the above signs seem familiar. Talk to an HVAC technician to assist with the replacement. Contact Vic’s Air Conditioning today for affordable and top-notch HVAC maintenance and more information about thermostats.

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