Thermostat Repair, Replace, & Programming
The last thing you want is your thermostat to stop working in the dead of winter or heat of summer!
***MUST READ*** It can be hard to determine to call a air conditioning or furnace company, or also known as HVAC professional. These companies can often times be expensive as they will check everything related to HVAC in your home. This MAY be a necessary step, however, it may not also. Read this to determine if you need an HVAC professional or a handyman who can swap out or repair your thermostat for a fraction of the cost.
Many air conditioning or furnace repair problems can be avoided by first checking to see if your thermostat is working properly. If there is no power going to the thermostat, it's not going to be able to communicate through the wiring attached to the air conditioning or furnace.
Common trouble shooting may include:
Checking to see if their is power to the thermostat by turning it on and off. This may reset your thermostat and get it working again.
Switch the thermostat to the fan setting. This will test the blower on the HVAC unit.
Try to adjust the temperature on your thermostat up or down to see if it will turn on.
If these steps are not working, it's time to have it checked out.
There are 7 steps One & Done Handyman follows when repairing or replacing a thermostat.
1. Troubleshoot the thermostat: We are looking to see if there are any wiring issues or if it's just the thermostat going bad and not working. We will run through the common trouble shooting explained above.
2. Remove the old thermostat: It must come off the wall. We delicately remove the thermostat so no damage is done to the wiring or wall.
3. Inspect the wires: The wiring needs to be checked. One gives power to the thermostat. The other sends the message to the HVAC unit. It's important to know which wire is what and label them. They look identical.
4. Assess the wall: Many times the old thermostat is larger than the new one. The wall may need to be patched, repaired, or painted before the new thermostat is installed.
5. Attach new thermostat: It's important to make the thermostat secure on the wall. We wouldn't want a loose thermostat on the wall. If it's a wiring issue, we can use the existing thermostat.
6. Connect the wires: Very important to make sure the wiring is connected properly.
7. Confirm it works: The last step involves the final installation of the thermostat. This also includes us turning it on. We are testing the blower, air conditioner, and furnace. We then will program it to your desired settings and teach you how to program it or make changes in the future.
Determine Your New Thermostat
There are hundreds of thermostats to choose from. It can be an overwhelming task. Below are some basic questions to ask yourself. If you don't know the answer, that's okay. We can always make a recommendation based on what you are looking for.
Digital vs. non digital
Bluetooth / WiFi or not
Touch Screen or not
Programmable or not
Price Point: They can run from $15 to $250