Are you experiencing the following?

  • The Heater or Air Conditioner Refuses to Start. …
  • Air Conditioner Runs Constantly and Won’t Turn Off. …
  • Changing the Batteries Did Not Help. …
  • There Are Differing Temperatures Throughout the Home. …
  • The Thermostat Has No Power or Is Unresponsive.

While a thermostat doesn’t have a set lifespan, on average, you can expect them to last at least 10 years. After a decade, thermostats may start malfunctioning due to aging wiring or dust accumulation.

Replacing your thermostat is much less expensive than replacing your furnace or air conditioning!
-Check your thermostat to make sure it is in the “On” position.
-Try changing the battery

Electromechanical thermostat devices are older and more basic than modern examples, operating on very simple mechanical principles.

A strip of two different metals joined together rests just under the cover, sometimes in the shape of a coil. This strip, or coil, will expand and contract with the fluctuating temperatures, activating the contacts on either one or both sides of the metal. If the unit controls the heating and cooling functions, it will have contacts on both sides; if it only controls one option, it will only have a contact on one side.

In a dual-controlled unit, this switch will tilt one direction if it is hot and the other if it is cold, creating contact with the appropriate side to activate the heater or the cooler to turn on. This system is sometimes joined with a mercury switch, which is a tube filled with mercury that also tilts as the coil expands or contracts, causing the mercury to move from one side to the other and thus opening or closing the points of contact.

Unlike electromechanical thermostats, which require manual adjustments, electronic versions allow you to set the temperature for a different setting when you sleep, wake up, return home and even for different days, such as on weekdays and weekends. This is a much more convenient setup than the simpler models, but it also means that there are more pieces that can break and maintenance work is more difficult and expensive. There are often inexpensive electronic models, making it often more feasible to simply replace your unit than try to fix it.

Not quite sure or comfortable with attempting this on your own. No problem!

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