We often think of thermostats as the reliable reporter of our indoor temperature. However, the reality is that they can often be wrong. If you suspect this is happening to you, it might be a sign that your HVAC unit is not working properly. Here are some tips for handling this common problem.

How to Tell if Your Thermostat Temperature Is Wrong

The very first thing you should do is to test your thermostat. Humidity can make it feel colder or hotter than it really is, so your thermostat might not be as wrong as it seems. Take a small thermometer and tape it on the wall next to your thermostat. Wait 15 minutes and check it to see if the numbers match up.

Reasons the Thermostat Might Be Wrong

There are all sorts of reasons why your thermostat might be reading the wrong temperature. Some possible explanations include the following:

  • A malfunctioning thermostat sensor
  • An incorrectly placed thermostat
  • A thermostat that is crooked
  • An old and outdated thermostat
  • Dying batteries in the thermostat
  • Incorrect settings

How to Fix an Incorrect Thermostat Reading

Sometimes, a broken thermostat just needs new batteries or the right settings to start working again. If the issue is an outdated or malfunctioning thermostat, the solution is as simple as getting Dignified Heating & Cooling to help you install a new thermostat or replace a small part on your current system. In cases where your thermostat is put in part of your home where it cannot get a proper reading, you may need to place it in a spot where it can gauge the temperature better.

Dignified Heating & Cooling in Lake Geneva, WI, is here to help with any heating or cooling repairs you may need. Our talented technicians can also assist you with things like picking a new system, improving your indoor air quality, and increasing energy efficiency in your home. Give us a call today to learn more about the services we provide.

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