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In Highland Park, IL, your air conditioning has been going hard, and you may have noticed it’s not working well. A faulty thermostat could be the culprit, causing annoying temperature fluctuations and increasing your utility bills. To prepare for the upcoming fall and winter weather, learn about four signs that indicate you need a new thermostat.

1. You Have Not Changed the Settings, But It Feels Too Hot or Too Cold

If a room feels too hot or too cold with the thermostat at its usual setting, this could mean that the sensor is defective. To check for accuracy, use an indoor thermometer. If your thermometer shows a different temperature than your control, a replacement is likely needed.

2. You Change the Setting, But Your System Doesn’t Respond

When you adjust a thermostat, you can expect the system to react to the change fairly quickly. As a test, turn the temperature setting up or down about 5 degrees. If there’s a long delay before anything happens, a new control may be the solution.

3. Frequent Starting and Stopping

You may have become aware that your HVAC is cycling on and off more than usual. If this is the case, your system is likely working overtime, costing you money. A broken control could be the cause of excessive starting and stopping in your HVAC system.

4. Recent Increase in Your Utility Bill

If you notice your utility costs creeping up, a thermostat could be at fault. A properly functioning thermostat will make your HVAC system more efficient. Checking your thermostat, as a part of regular maintenance, could result in lower bills.

A poorly functioning thermostat will cost you money and reduce your cooling and heating system’s ability to keep you and your family comfortable. Call us at Ireland Heating & Air Conditioning Co. today to talk about programable or smart thermostats. They may be the answer to a more cost-efficient and reliable HVAC system in your home.

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