Thermostats don’t generally have a lifespan, but will usually last about 10 years, on average. If your thermostat is at least a decade old, it can start to malfunction because of the wiring or because of dust accumulation. Here are some other signs that your thermostat might not be working properly.

#1: Your thermostat isn’t showing any signs of life.
This one is obvious, but if your thermostat doesn’t have any power or is totally unresponsive when you try to turn it on or off, there is probably something wrong with it. If there is no change in the temperature of your home when you adjust the temperature on the thermostat, or if the display unit is not lighting up, check to see if batteries need to be replaced. If that isn’t the issue, it may be broken entirely and may need to be replaced.

#2: Your heater doesn’t turn on or it won’t turn off.
If your heater isn’t turning on, there could be a defect in the thermostat’s wiring that is causing an interruption in the electrical signals that are being sent to your heating system. In the same way, if your heater is running continually and won’t turn off when you want it to, this could mean there is an issue with the wiring. This should be checked out by one of our heating and cooling specialists at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. If it’s not your thermostat causing the problem, it could be a problem with the heating unit itself and that requires a professional look as well.

#3: Temperature of the room and thermostat temperature do not match.
When you designate your thermostat to be 70 degrees, the temperature of the room should be 70 degrees as well. If the temps do not match, it could be a sign that your thermostat isn’t doing its job. Fluctuating temperatures throughout the house can cause your heating system to work harder than it should and could increase your energy bill. If you’re noticing that the room temperatures are colder or hotter than what your thermostat says it is, be sure to get it checked out to make sure that it isn’t faulty.

If your thermostat is old and defective, replacing it with a new programmable thermostat can be a great option. Programmable thermostats are well made and allow you to control the temperature to be exactly how you want it, even allowing you to set a time to have the heat turn back on. For example, turn down the thermostat during the hours you’re away, then program it to turn up 20 minutes before you plan on getting home. This will allow for some time for the house to warm up before you get home, so you don’t have to walk into a cold space. These thermostats are affordably priced and in the long run, they can save you money because of the energy savings associated with them.

Call us today to talk to our professional HVAC team! We will work with you to see which thermostat is right for your home!

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Renovating a home can be an exciting and exhausting process. A home renovation can give homeowners the home they want without having to move and for most people, it allows them to make the changes they want within the budget they determine. If you are considering renovating your home, don’t forget about your HVAC system. If it’s old and out of date, replacing it as part of your home remodeling project is a great idea. Be realistic about your renovation expectations, calculate your budget, and determine what things you want to complete first. Here are some other tips on including HVAC replacement in your home remodel.

Tip #1: Do you research on HVAC companies.
There are a lot of different companies out there, so it’s important to look closely at your options and do your research. Look first for what experience the company has and how long they’ve been in business. Ask them about what kind of jobs they do the most and ask them to provide information on recent jobs they’ve completed. Next, look online for positive reviews on Angie’s List, Yelp, Google, Facebook, and most importantly Better Business Bureau. If there are a lot of negative reviews, this should be a red flag, but  read thru them to see what the negative reviews are.  In addition, look to see what services the company offers. They should be able to provide a comprehensive list of services that includes not just installation of a new heating/cooling system, but one that does replacements, repairs, and regular preventative maintenance service appointments.

Tip #2: Determine which system is right for you.
Your new HVAC system is a key component of your home and it will be something you will rely on for many years to come, which means you can count on it to stay comfortable when you need it the most. New systems are also energy efficient and can help you save money over time. Not sure which system or system size is right for your home? Our HVAC professionals at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning will take a look at your home and its specific layout and suggest which system is right for you. Whether it’s a heat pump, ductless system, or gas furnace, we will make sure that you have options that work well with your home and most importantly, your budget.

Remodeling your home is a big job, so let us help with part of it! We will explain your choices and help you find a system that will give you the reliability you need. We know that home renovations can get expensive, so we also offer various financing options if you need it. Contact us to learn more and to get an appointment scheduled!

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Now that fall is here, the weather starts to get cooler and you may find yourself turning up the thermostat a bit to stay warm. Your HVAC system is meant to keep you comfortable all season long, but sometimes things happen and there may be an issue that needs to be fixed. How do you know if you have a problem with your HVAC system? Here are some indicators.

Does the system make weird sounds or put off weird odors?
Out of the ordinary smells or sounds are usually a sign that something is going wrong with your HVAC unit. Sometimes, these could also be dangerous, so it is important to not ignore the sound or smell for long. If you hear something banging in the system, it could mean that there is something loose or broken inside the machine. If you hear a loud screeching noise, it could indicate that a belt is loose or worn. If you smell something like rotten eggs, that could indicate a gas leak and you should get out of the house immediately and call the professionals for help. Even if the sound or smell only happens occasionally, it’s a good idea to get it looked at in case there is something wrong with it. If you put it off for a long time, it could end up damaging the system even worse.

Is your energy efficiency dropping?
If you notice your utility bill spiking, there is a good chance that your energy efficiency is dropping and there could be a problem with your HVAC system. Without regular maintenance, your HVAC system will not be as energy efficient as it could be. In addition, if there is something happening on the inside of the unit and a repair needs to be made, it could be causing a drop in efficiency. If you notice a big change in your utility bill from month to month or even when compared to last fall to this fall, it’s time to call our experienced team of licensed HVAC technicians to help determine what the issue is.

The sooner you catch HVAC problems, the better it is for you and your family’s comfort, as well as the system as a whole. Contact us for a preventative maintenance appointment today or to have your system looked at for a potential repair. We’re standing by to help.

 

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