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Heating Repair Tips: Check Your Thermostat First!

Most homeowners find it difficult to determine the cause of their heating system malfunction. Often the problem is in the heating unit itself, but sometimes you can fix an issue taking a closer look at your thermostat. Learn how to troubleshoot a thermostat before calling a heating repair specialist.

Troubleshooting a Heating System with a Thermostat

Learn how to troubleshoot a thermostat before calling a heating repair specialist.

A thermostat is an electrically controlled temperature monitoring device which can be adjusted for comfort levels and turned on or off. If your heating system is not working, the first thing you should do is to check if the thermostat is turned on. Then make sure the heating unit is turned on as well. If it’s turned on but still no heat is coming out, check the circuit breaker to make sure an overload or an overheated motor fan didn’t trip it.

Our heating repair specialists also recommend checking the thermostat’s batteries. Homeowners often forget about batteries since they are not easily accessible. If the batteries are drained it’s time to replace them. Typical batteries have to be replaced periodically to keep the thermostat functional at all times.

Have you recently experienced a power outage in your area? During a power failure the thermostat may lose the program preset by a homeowner, and thus, it appears as if it doesn’t work properly.

Heating repair experts always agree the location of the thermostat is crucial and can cause the device to monitor incorrectly. Thermostats should be installed on walls closest to the return vent so they can accurately detect temperature inside the home.

What about Mechanical Thermostats?

Mechanical thermostats with a mercury bulb switch inside must be leveled to receive accurate temperature readings inside the home. If a mercury bulb is broken, care should be taken to clean it up and dispose of it. Mechanical thermostats are calibrated with the tools used by your local HVAC technicians.

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Repair and replacement of any type of thermostat should be done by a qualified HVAC professional who has the tools necessary to perform this service. In most cases, however, the root of the problem is located inside the heating unit and may have nothing to do with the thermostat.

Whatever thermostat you have, you can always seek help from heating professionals like Brown & Reaves Services, Inc. in Myrtle Beach for maintenance and even installation, should you opt for a new one. Call us today at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form to schedule a service call to make sure your Myrtle Beach heating system is ready for the winter ahead.

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