During the summer months, your home’s thermostat should accurately reflect the temperature in your Spring Hill, Florida home. While thermostats are usually reliable, they can run into issues from time to time. Unfortunately, a homeowner may struggle when trying to determine whether the thermostat or air conditioning unit has broken down. If your home isn’t as cool as it should be, here are a few tips for troubleshooting your thermostat.

Manipulate Your Home’s Thermostat Settings

Homeowners can troubleshoot their thermostat by manipulating its settings. First, you should obviously check that the thermostat is set to “cool” and not “heat.” If you’re in a hurry or fiddling with it at night, it’s easy to make this mistake, especially if the settings are next to each other. You should also make sure that the main circuit breaker of your AC unit is on. 

Once you’ve confirmed the settings are correct, set the home’s thermostat five to 10 degrees lower than usual. After making this change, you should wait for 10 minutes. If the cooling system doesn’t come on, you likely have an issue with the thermostat’s internal wiring.

Check the Wiring

After checking your thermostat settings, you may decide to check the internal wiring. For your safety, turn off the power to the AC unit at the circuit breaker. Make sure you wear rubber-soled safety boots and use an insulated screwdriver. Gently pry the cover of the thermostat off; then check for any wires that may need replacing. Next, ensure that each wire is well-attached to its mounting screw. Use the screwdriver to tighten any loose mounting screws. If you are unsure of any of these steps, we encourage you to contact us. 

Once you’ve verified the wiring of the thermostat, place the cover back on and turn on the power for the unit. If you still continue to have trouble with your thermostat, contact an HVAC technician to take a look and confirm the issue truly lies with the thermostat and not the air conditioner itself.

Running into issues with the thermostat in the peak of summer can be a nightmare. Fortunately, you can count on Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. to help you with any issues relating to your air conditioner unit. If you have any questions about how to troubleshoot your thermostat, contact us at 866-881-5935.

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