The thermostat allows you to control your air conditioning unit, setting the temperature you prefer and shutting the air conditioning system off once it reaches that temperature. In towns like Littleton, MA with older homes, you still see older thermostats with mercury switches as well as more modern thermostats with electronic components. Regardless of the type you have, when they exhibit problems, it can be a frustrating experience. Air conditioning repair technicians can address faulty thermostat problems, but it helps to know the causes and symptoms of those problems before calling someone in.
Some problems with faulty thermostats arise solely from their positioning in the house. In order to gauge the temperature accurately, the thermostat needs to be away from breezeways and cold spots, and out of warm areas of excessive sunlight. If it isn’t, it may misread the temperature, turning the air conditioner on and off when it shouldn’t. In that case, the thermostat probably needs to be moved to a location where it can gauge the temperature more accurately.
The thermostat’s anticipator may cause issues as well. If incorrectly set, it might cause the air conditioning unit to cycle on and off or run longer than it should. Anticipators are common on older mercury thermostats; replacing it with a new electronic thermostat might solve the issue.
Thermostats also get dirty, just like any other device. If the inside components get dirty, it could interfere with the ability to accurately read the temperature and/or turn on and off when it should. In some cases, it can prevent the air conditioner from turning on at all. You can clean it using compressed air the same way you would a computer, or you can contact a professional to clean it for you.
No matter why a faulty thermostat is acting the way it is, it takes an expert to diagnose the problem and recommend a solution. Basnett Plumbing & Heating has the know-how to correct a faulty thermostat and other air conditioning repair issues. We cover the Littleton, MA area and our technicians are dedicate to total customer satisfaction. Whether you want to upgrade an older thermostat to a new one or just need a little help with your existing thermostat, give us a call today.