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The thermostat is the brain of your home’s HVAC system in Lubbock, TX. Your thermostat won’t last forever; it will need periodic replacements. Here’s how to know if it’s time to purchase a new thermostat for your home.

Inaccurate Thermostat Readings

First, make sure your thermostat is reading temperatures accurately. The sensors degrade with age and make your system less efficient. If your home feels warmer or cooler than the temperature reading on your thermostat, check it with a separate device.

HVAC System Is Running Unusual Cycles

A key indicator of HVAC problems is either long run cycles, short cycling or rapidly turning on and off. While this may indicate a problem within the system, it may be a problem with your thermostat or its location. Finding the culprit quickly will help reduce strain.

Climbing Energy Bills

Climbing energy consumption means you have a problem with the efficiency of your system. Even if you haven’t noticed a major difference in your heating or cooling cycles, your bill may reflect it. Plan to have it tested and calibrated during your next HVAC maintenance visit.

Large Temperature Swings

Temperature swing is the difference between the air temperature to the set temperature. The wider the temperature swing before a cycle initiates, the harder your system has to work. Newer thermostats have a much tighter temperature swing when properly calibrated.

Thermostat Is Getting Old

As already indicated, your thermostat starts losing its accuracy with age. The average service life is about 10 years or about the same as a central air conditioner. If you haven’t replaced your thermostat in the last decade, it may be time to consider an upgrade.

Don’t let old equipment drain your wallet in utility costs and repairs. Call to schedule your new heating installation consultation with one of the experts at Duncan Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. & Plumbing.

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