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Blogs from September, 2022

Signs Your Thermostat Needs to Be Replaced

Are you frustrated with your heating and cooling system but aren’t sure what the problem is? You may have even had our technicians check that your AC or heater is operating correctly. If you’re struggling to get your system working correctly, the problem may be with your thermostat, not your actual HVAC unit.

You may need a new thermostat if you notice:

  • Your programmable thermostat keeps malfunctioning
  • The temperature reading on your thermostat is incorrect
  • Your thermostat won’t turn on
  • The display on your thermostat is broken
  • Only certain settings on your thermostat work
  • Your thermostat won’t turn on

You may also want to consider replacing your thermostat if you’re not satisfied with your current model and its capabilities. For example, if you currently have a basic thermostat that works just fine but want one you can access through your phone, it might be time to upgrade.

Note: when installing a new thermostat, you must always work with an experienced HVAC professional or electrician. This will help ensure your thermostat is installed correctly and safely.

Getting Your New Thermostat

Getting a new thermostat is a pretty easy process. Whether you purchase one in person at the hardware store or online, once you know the make and model you want, you can have your thermostat ready to install in no time. If you aren’t sure what type of thermostat you want, we recommend researching the different kinds of thermostats available on the market.

There are several types of thermostats:

  • Basic, non-programmable thermostat
  • Programmable thermostat
  • Wireless thermostat
  • Smart thermostat

You should also take a moment to consider what you need your thermostat to do. For example, do you need to have remote access to your thermostat? Or do you need something basic to get the job done?

Things to consider before purchasing your new thermostat:

  • Can your electrical circuit handle the new thermostat?
  • Is the voltage of your new thermostat compatible with the circuit where it’ll be installed?
  • Is there room on the wall to accommodate the new thermostat?
  • Does the new thermostat have the functionality you need?
  • If your new thermostat needs a Wi-Fi connection, does your wireless signal reach the area where the thermostat will be installed?

If you are still struggling to determine which thermostat is best, check in with our HVAC experts. We have installed all types of thermostats, and we can use our wealth of knowledge to help you make this important decision.

Wireless vs. Smart Thermostats

We are sometimes asked what the difference is between a wireless and a smart thermostat. You are right in assuming that they aren’t necessarily the same thing. A wireless thermostat connects to your Wi-Fi connection and typically has programmable functionality. You can control it with your cell phone through an app.

A smart thermostat is very similar, and like the wireless thermostat, it requires a Wi-Fi signal and can be controlled through an app. However, smart thermostats tend to have intuitive functionality. They can learn your heating and cooling habits and adjust their own schedule to match them.

For example, if the thermostat notices that you always turn the AC on around 2 pm and like the temperature to be 74°, it will learn this routine and develop a schedule that incorporates this habit. Smart thermostats can also sense when you are away from home and turn your system to eco mode, saving energy and money.

Smart thermostats have become very sophisticated and not only learn your preferences but develop different schedules for different temperature modes. This means they learn your cooling preferences depending on whether you have your thermostat set to heat, cool, or heat/cool.

Are you ready to get a new thermostat? Give Moe Plumbing Services a call for expert installation.