Everything You Need to Know about Thermostat Calibration

May 04, 2021

Do you ever feel like your home is warmer or cooler than the temperature reading on your thermostat? Your thermostat is like the brain of your HVAC system. Even when your air conditioner is in perfect working order, a faulty thermostat will prevent your home from feeling cool and comfortable.

One of the most common issues with thermostat reading occurs when your thermostat has fallen out of sync with your home temperature. Thankfully, this issue can be solved with a simple thermostat calibration. The HVAC professionals at Newcomb & Company are here with everything you need to know about the thermostat calibration process.

Checking Thermostat Calibration

So how do you know if your thermostat is working properly? Before calibrating your thermostat, a professional will check your temperature readings. This process is quick and easy with the right equipment. Your HVAC expert will use professional-grade tools to measure the temperature at various points inside your home. Then, they will compare their temperature readings with those on your thermostat. Temperature differences are a clear indicator that you need a thermostat calibration service.

Cleaning Thermostat Sensors

Dirty sensors are one of the leading causes of thermostat misreadings. Dust, dirt, pollen, debris, and other contaminants can put a barrier between your sensors and the air inside your home. Naturally, this will impact the accuracy of temperature readings. To calibrate your thermostat, your service expert will start by thoroughly cleaning your unit. Once your sensors and the inside of your thermostat are clean, your service technician will test your calibration again.

Deeper Thermostat Troubles

If your thermostat is still showing a temperature misreading, this is often the sign of a deeper system issue. Your service expert may need to check the wiring and mechanical components of your thermostat. The exact inspection and calibration techniques will depend on the type of unit you have.

Thermostat Replacement

If your thermostat cannot be calibrated to accurately reflect the temperature in your home, you may need a replacement. In addition to fixing your calibration issues, thermostat replacements give you the chance to unlock the latest available features.

Now might be the perfect time to upgrade your thermostat to an energy-efficient unit. Many of these systems are now compatible with smartphones and digital assistants—making it easier than ever to regulate your home temperature. Best of all, these installations tend to pay for themselves. According to the Department of Energy, adjusting your programmable thermostat by just 7-10℉ when your home is empty during the day can save you 10% on your heating and cooling costs.

Newcomb & Company Thermostat Service

If you are due for a thermostat calibration, the local service experts at Newcomb & Company have you covered. We include thermostat calibration in our seasonal AC maintenance visits—in addition to the other services you need to keep your home comfortable this summer.

Our AC repair and service technicians proudly serve Raleigh, Wilmington, and surrounding areas—such as Clayton, Garner, Knightdale, Cary, Leland, Castle Hayne, Carolina Beach, and beyond. You can contact our thermostat experts to get started today!

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