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Is it Your Air Conditioner or Your Thermostat? Let’s Find Out

You just had your air conditioner services not too long ago. It’s in good working order, so what’s the deal? What’s the actual problem with it? As it turns out, it might not be the AC at all–it could be the thermostat that’s causing you so much grief.

Sometimes, air conditioning repair in Belle Isle, FL ends up being a call for thermostat repair or replacement. If you’re wondering how the little gadget on your wall could be tricking you into thinking your air conditioner isn’t working, here’s what you need to know.

Your Thermostat is Just a Messenger to Your AC

Your thermostat reads the temperature of the room and displays it, but your air conditioner doesn’t see the same information. Instead, it receives a simple “ON” or “OFF” request from your thermostat and operates that way.

Then the AC kicks on and cools the room until it gets that “OFF” request, which comes in from the thermostat once the target room temperature has been met. So if your thermostat is on the fritz or sending the wrong information, then your air conditioner won’t know what to do. The machine itself and cooling capabilities could be fine, it may just be receiving the wrong information.

Your Thermostat May Just Be Miscalibrated

Your thermostat doesn’t inherently know how to detect the indoor temperature. It has the tools, but the digital display/computer has to be programmed to gauge the temperature correctly. Otherwise, you may have a difference in actual room temperature versus what the display reads by one or more degrees.

It may not sound like a big deal, but changing your air conditioner by a single degree can save you a surprising amount of money on your home cooling costs throughout the course of a year. So if you’re setting it to a temperature that you normally wouldn’t (because it otherwise doesn’t seem to do the job), you end up spending more on utility bills.

So How Do You Know if it’s the Thermostat or Not?

Look for key signs of air conditioner problems: strange noises that stand out during operation, short cycling, and other common symptoms of AC damage. If none of those are present, your thermostat could be the culprit. Of course, it’s difficult to know that without a technician inspecting things first. That’s where we come in.

If you’d like to try one more at-home approach, you can find the instruction manual for your thermostat and try to recalibrate it on your own. If you don’t have access to it, look up the manufacturer’s website and see if they host old manuals in a PDF format.

Get Your AC and Thermostat Checked Today

Thermostat, air conditioner–either way, something isn’t working as intended and it’s impacting your home comfort. We can help. Give us a call today to schedule a technician to take a look, and we’ll fix the problem as quickly as possible.

Contact English Air Inc. today to schedule your air conditioner or thermostat repair as soon as possible.

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