January 5, 2017

Being a homeowner is a costly endeavor. We get it. When a home improvement or maintenance project comes up, your first thought is to run the numbers. We break down all of the factors that you’ll need to consider if you want to replace your thermostat on your air conditioner.

When It’s Time to Replace My Thermostat…

If you’re experiencing problems with your central air system, it may be time to replace your thermostat. Depending on the type of thermostat you currently have in your home, the repairs may vary. Although some issues may be resolved with a few adjustments, often times a faulty thermostat needs to be replaced to restore a working HVAC system.

Related: How to Test Your HVAC Thermostat

Signs My Thermostat Needs to Be Replaced

You may be experiencing some issues with your central air system and are contributing the issues to your thermostat. Here are some common signs to look out for that indicate your thermostat might need to be replaced.

  • A lack of hot or cold air coming from your air vents when your thermostat is turned on can be a sign that your thermostat is failing to turn on your HVAC system. When your AC is blowing hot or cold air that doesn’t match the temperature setting, it could be an indicator of a thermostat problem.
  • If you notice that the thermostat display light isn’t lit, this could be a sign that your thermostat is failing.
  • If your central air keeps starting or stopping repeatedly, this can also be a sign that your thermostat is failing.
  • When you set a specific temperature, if you notice that the air is overly hot or cold, it may be an issue with your thermostat.
  • If your central air won’t start at all or is constantly running, this can also indicate thermostat problems.

If you are experiencing any of the issues above, your thermostat may need replacing. A professional will be able to accurately diagnose your problem for you and get your thermostat in working conditions.

Replacement Thermostat Costs

Replacing a thermostat can vary in the cost depending on the type of thermostat you currently have in your home. If you currently have an older analog thermostat, the cost is lower to repair, but you may want to consider upgrading to a digital thermostat.

Analog thermostats typically contain mercury and are more difficult to accurately control. The cost of replacing analog thermostats is around $10-$30 for the parts and extra for labor.

Digital thermostats are easier to control and more accurate, contributing to lowering electricity bills. The backlit display makes it much easier to read and control exact temperature. These typically cost around $100 to repair on average plus labor.

Related: Save Money and the Environment: The Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

Benefits of Professional Installation

Although you may be tempted to fix the thermostat yourself, it isn’t a simple fix because the programming can become complicated. When it comes to fixing a thermostat, you’re essentially dealing with the electrical components of your HVAC, depending on the repair.

You also may not actually know what is wrong with your thermostat. There are a couple of different reasons why your thermostat may not be working, including the build-up, loose or corroded wires, blown fuses, tripped breakers, dead batteries, and more. It takes a professional to know the difference.

If upgrading your thermostat from analog to digital, it’s important to rely on a professional because your analog thermostat may contain mercury, and must be handled with care for safety reasons.

Maintaining your home’s central air unit is important to ensure comfort in your home. If you’re experiencing problems with your HVAC system or thermostat, contact a professional to have the issue resolved properly. At The Cooling Company, we’re here to help, so call (702) 567-0707 for more information.

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