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United for your comfort since 1987

Check Thermostat Setting First Before Calling a Cape Coral Air Conditioning Specialist.

This is the third installment of Nine Things to Check Before Spending Money on AC Repairs which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

The thermostat controls your air conditioner by switching it on or off as needed to maintain the temperature you’ve set. If your air conditioner isn’t working properly, you might trace the problem to your thermostat. Consider these questions:

Could the battery be dead? If you haven’t changed the battery in your thermostat recently, consider this scenario. Carefully remove the cover of the thermostat and change out the battery.

Is dirt interfering with the thermostat? After the cover is removed, gently blow away any dust. If the thermostat has accessible contact points, rub a dollar bill between them to clean these spots. Always be extremely gentle when cleaning your thermostat.

Is there a problem with the switches and wires within the thermostat? Turn off the power to the air conditioner first. Tighten loose connections with a screwdriver. If you see corrosion, try to gently remove it with a cotton swab. If you don’t feel comfortable performing these tips, call the Cape Coral air conditioning specialists.

Is your thermostat not calibrated properly? If you’re setting the temperature for 78 degrees, and you’re a/c unit is actually cooling your home to 75 degrees, you’ll be losing a lot of money. How can you check?

If you have a thermometer, place it on your wall a few inches away from your thermostat. Be sure to pad it with a towel or paper towel so that it doesn’t directly touch the wall. After 15 minutes, check the reading on your thermostat and the thermometer. If the two readings are different by more than 1 degree, then you have a calibration problem.

If you have lamps, television sets, or other “hot” appliances near your thermostat, move them. They may be interfering with the calibration. Calibration problems can also happen if you have a large hole behind your thermostat (where the wires run). A big hole will let in too much air, which can throw off the thermostat’s reading. If you have a crooked mercury vial inside, that could be another reason you’re not getting the correct calibration.9 Things to Check AC ipad

For optimum savings on your electric bill, be sure to set your programmable thermostat to the proper temperature while you’re home or away. Your air conditioning system and your wallet will thank you!

If you need a Cape Coral air conditioning specialist UMI Residential Air Conditioning is here and help is just a phone call away. Everything that we do, is handled by well trained professionals to service your needs. If we are unable to satisfy your problems, we will refund your money. Want to know more about our services? Call (239) 939-2032 or contact us today!

– Brett

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