The thermostat in your Farmington, Arkansas, home is the control center of your air conditioning system. So when your thermostat has a problem, it can have a big impact on the overall performance of it. Here are a few ways that thermostat problems may affect HVAC performance along with advice for fixing these issues:

Your Air Conditioner Won’t Turn On

If you notice that your air conditioner simply won’t turn on, the culprit is almost always the thermostat. First, if you have a digital thermostat, you should check the screen to see if it’s turned on. If the screen isn’t lit, it could mean the thermostat has dead batteries, which means that it won’t be able to communicate with your air conditioner.

If you know that there’s power running to your thermostat, the problem could be that it’s dirty. Turn the thermostat’s breaker off and check inside the thermostat to see if there’s a coating of dirt or dust. If there is, clean carefully to see if this restores functionality.

Continuously Running or Short Cycling

If you find that your air conditioner is continuously running or short cycling — turning on and off more frequently than it should — there could be several problems causing it. First, it could be that your thermostat is not level, which may cause it to send signals to your air conditioner too often. If the thermostat isn’t level, you’ll need to call an air conditioner professional to adjust its position.

It’s also possible that your air conditioner isn’t correctly detecting the temperature inside your home, which is causing it to run continuously. For example, if your thermostat is set at 70, but the thermostat reads the temperature at 75, it’ll continue to run. As a result, it’ll waste energy and increase your utility costs.

If you need help fixing your thermostat, call Morrow Heat & Air, LLC at 877-800-0477. We’ll make sure your thermostat is in tiptop shape so your HVAC system runs the way it should.

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