With summer rapidly approaching, homeowners in Micco, FL, need to ensure their HVAC system can help to beat the sweltering heat. However, some of the problems you may experience might not be with the HVAC system itself but with the thermostat. Here are five signs that you might need a new thermostat for your HVAC system:

Higher Energy Bills

If you’re looking to lower your energy bills, a malfunctioning thermostat has the opposite effect. If your thermostat doesn’t read the temperature properly, it causes your system to work longer or short-cycle. This uses more energy, which raises your utility bills.

Hot or Cold Spots

Hot or cold spots in your house are another sign you may need a new thermostat. A malfunctioning thermostat has a hard time keeping your home cool or regulating humidity, which affects indoor air quality. Try changing your thermostat settings to test it before contacting a service technician.

Inaccurate Thermostat Display

Your thermostat should have a display that shows the temperature inside your home. If your thermostat has a blank display that’s missing its regular information or reads the wrong temperature, it’s time to replace it.

No Response to Changed Settings

Your thermostat should immediately respond when you change the temperature settings. In warm weather, when you set the cooling temperature a degree lower, you should hear a clicking noise before your HVAC system activates. If not, your system doesn’t respond to thermostat changes and needs replacing.

Older Thermostat

If your thermostat isn’t performing properly and you’re not sure whether to keep or replace it, contact a service technician for advice, as the problem might be something other than it just being an older model. Although there’s no predictable lifespan for a thermostat, if yours is 10 years old or older, you may want to upgrade to a newer model, like a smart thermostat with advanced technology — especially if your current thermostat has a needle.

Don’t let your HVAC thermostat leave you melting this summer. Contact Barker Air Conditioning and Heating today to schedule HVAC maintenance or start enjoying the benefits a smart thermostat has to offer.

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