You’ve set your home’s temperature to a reasonable 68℉, but your house is freezing. If you’ve taken the temperature in various rooms and the room temperature doesn’t match the thermostat setting, then you could have an issue with your thermostat. There are a few possible reasons for this, and the professionals at Edwards Royal Comfort are here to help you diagnose your thermostat issues.

If you try all of our steps and your furnace and thermostat still aren’t in sync, then call Edwards Royal Comfort right away. We’ll fix the problem and make sure your home is comfortable again.

Things to Check First When Your Thermostat Isn’t Working

Before you call Edwards Royal Comfort to diagnose why your thermostat is failing to keep your home’s rooms at the set temperature, try a few of these quick tips to see if you can solve the issue yourself.

  • Make sure your thermostat has power. Some thermostats have batteries in them that die on occasion. Swap out the battery and see if that corrects your thermostat readings.
  • Check your furnace filter. If your air filter is clogged, it can restrict air flow through the furnace. Your furnace is trying to reach the temperature, but it simply can’t push the warm air out. Replacing your furnace filter will solve this problem.
  • Check your thermostat settings. It’s possible that your thermostat isn’t reading the temperature correctly.

If none of these seem to fix the problem, call your trusted heating specialists at Edwards Royal Comfort. These are the things the professionals look for when customers have thermostat issues.

Thermostat Location

Where your thermostat is located in your house could be the reason for your thermostat problems. If your thermostat is located in a room close to the furnace, it will read the temperature of the room that is heated first and will turn off the furnace before the rest of the house is heated. 

Thermostats located in particularly sunny rooms can also prevent certain rooms from reaching the set temperature. If the room is in direct sunlight and is warmer than most of the other rooms in the house, the thermostat will think the house has reached the desired temperature. The solution to both issues would be to relocate the thermostat to a different room in the house. 

Clean Your Thermostat

Your thermostat has a faceplate on it that can trap dust within the thermostat. It’s a good idea to remove this faceplate and use a soft rag or compressed air to clean the insides. Loose wires within the thermostat could also be the culprit. Try to tighten and secure anything that seems particularly loose. 

There is also a sensor within the thermostat that can benefit from the occasional dust removal. However, sometimes this sensor goes bad and may need to be replaced or recalibrated. A professional technician from Edwards Royal Comfort can help you with that. 

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Some older homes have a mercury gauge to read the temperature. If the mercury switch is tilted, it can affect your thermostat’s accuracy. Make sure your thermostat is level and see if correcting it helps.

If you have a mercury thermostat, now might be a great opportunity to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats can help you save money on heating and cooling costs by allowing you to set a schedule throughout the day. Turn the heat down a few degrees at night and you’ll notice the difference on your next energy bill. Smart thermostats, meanwhile, can be controlled with your cellphone or virtual assistant to keep your home energy efficient. 

Call Edwards Royal Comfort for Thermostat Solutions

If all else fails, you probably have an issue with your furnace or HVAC system. Poor air flow, bad sensors, or other broken components can also cause room temperatures to be different than your thermostat setting. The biggest clue that your furnace is the culprit is your heating bill. If your heating bill is high, but your rooms are cold, then call Edwards Royal Comfort to inspect your furnace right away. We’re available to help with all your heating and cooling needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality experts.