How to Know if Your Thermostat is Reading the Correct Temperature

How to Know if Your Thermostat is Reading the Correct Temperature | C.R. WolfeMost of us have a certain temperature we like to keep our house. Whether you’re typically hot or easily catch a chill, you know what you like and can probably tell when your house just doesn’t feel right.

If you find the way your house feels doesn’t agree with the thermostat temperature you set, your thermostat may not be working correctly. There are some simple steps you can take to try to solve the problem.

  1. Turn the unit off.
  2. Remove the cover. In most cases, the cover of your thermostat pulls straight off. On some models, there will be a release that you press down before pulling. If you’ve never taken the cover off before, proceed cautiously because it is possible to break the cover if you try to make it move in a way it’s not supposed to.
  3. Check to see if your model uses a battery. If so, replace them.
  4. If you have an electric (or programmable) thermostat, look for metal sensors. Gently wipe them off with a soft cloth or brush. Remove any other dust, cobwebs, or grime you might find.
  5. If you have an old-fashioned mechanical thermostat, check to make sure it’s level. This type of thermostat has a mercury temperature sensor that must be level in order to read the temperature properly. If your thermostat got knocked off-level or your house shifted, you may need to adjust and level the thermostat.

At this point, you can put the thermostat back on, turn on the system, and wait a few hours. If your house reaches the correct temperature and stays there, you’ve solved the problem. If not, consider these possibilities:

  • Your thermostat could be old and need replacement.
  • Your thermostat might be located in the wrong place. It should be roughly five feet off the ground, away from windows/doors/corners, and centrally located. If this isn’t the case, consider calling a service technician to relocate your thermostat.

For more tips on getting an accurate thermostat temperature or other HVAC matters in the Middletown area, contact C. R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about thermostats and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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