The average thermostat in The Villages, FL, lasts for 10 years. Some heating system problems, like the heater not turning on, are actually thermostatF issues. Read on for common problems with thermostats.

Blank Thermostat Screen

A blank thermostat screen sometimes means you need a new one. One exception is if you had a power surge. It’s normal for the screen to go blank when you have a tripped fuse, but it should turn on again once you fix the circuit breaker.

Dead batteries are another possible reason behind a blank screen. You could try replacing the batteries before deciding it’s time for a new thermostat.

The third area to look at is how clean the internal wires are. Dust buildup can also cause a blank screen. You could carefully clean the wires with a can of compressed air.

Incorrect Temperature Reading

You should have an external thermometer to check the accuracy of your thermostat when something feels off. If it feels colder or hotter than the temperature it reads, you want to have certainty that it really is off.

As long as your thermostat is set up in an ideal location, an incorrect temperature reading means it’s time for a replacement. If your thermostat is in the wrong location, such as an area where it receives direct sunlight or heat from nearby appliances, then this extra heat affects its reading.

Heater Runs Too Long

If your heating system is running nonstop for long periods of time, you may need to replace your thermostat. However, you should first check that all the vents are open and the air filter is clean.

In the summer, also check the condensate line of your AC. A clogged condensate line can cause your AC to run excessively.

Heater Doesn’t Turn On

Many people fear they have to replace their heating system when it fails to turn on. Sometimes, this is truly the case. Other times, your thermostat is to blame.

Thermostats, like other equipment, don’t last forever. Contact DeSantis Appliance & AC Service Inc to schedule a heating service call if something is wrong with your heating system.

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