The thermostat in your home controls the air conditioner and heater. Newer thermostats can be linked to the internet so you can set heating and cooling temperatures according to a schedule from your smartphone or other internet-enabled device. Older thermostats must be adjusted by hand and don’t offer any extra features. But regardless of which thermostat you have, at the end of the day they all offer the same basic control: The ability to turn on the cooling or heating in your home.

There are a few ways to save money on your electric bill that are directly connected to how you set your thermostat, but what can you do when your bill starts going up and up but you’re already keeping the temperature on the verge of being uncomfortably warm in the summer or too cold in the winter? Something could be wrong with your thermostat, which is making your HVAC system work harder and longer than normal. But how can you be sure?

Call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. We’ll take a look at your system and let you know whether the issue is your thermostat, boiler, vents, a dirty filter or even your pilot light. When your HVAC system is encountering problems, trust our experienced technicians to fix it up. Call us once each year for routine maintenance and an in-depth checkup, and keep up with regular maintenance between our visits. Not sure how? Here are a few ways to keep your thermostat working at full capacity.

Maintaining your thermostat

  1. Consider relocating the thermometer

    Your thermostat contains an internal thermometer that gauges the surrounding temperature. If your thermostat is at the end of a long dark hallway, the air in the immediate area will be significantly cooler than the air in the warm, sunny living room with all the windows.
    If your thermostat isn’t directly wired to your boiler, you can simply reinstall it in an area of your home that has access to a good air flow. The temperatures the thermometer picks up here will more accurately represent the overall feel of your home, so when you adjust the dial, your heater or cooler can make your house reach the desired temperatures.

  2. HVAC maintenance

    Though your thermostat is unlikely to get that dirty, other parts of your HVAC system can absolutely collect dust, animal fur, pollen, bacteria and more. To keep your thermostat working properly, the rest of your heating and cooling system needs to be in sync. Start by changing out dirty filters once a month, dusting vents, the thermostat, boiler and any other visibly dirty part of your system, and finally call Waterbury Heating & Cooling to handle the deep cleaning within your units.

  3. Keep the air space clear

    When furniture, curtains or storage boxes block the vents in your home, you’re restricting airflow. That means you can set your home to a comfortable 70 degrees on a hot summer day, but your poor thermostat will keep your system chugging along for hours to cool your home. When you block the vents, your heater and cooler have to work significantly harder to get your house to the desired temperatures. Do yourself — and your wallet — a favor and make space around your air vents.

  4. Secure the power source

    Not all thermostats are created equal. For example, some run on battery power. To keep your thermostat in tip-top shape, make sure to check and change its batteries regularly. The last thing you want is to have to call a technician to fix your broken thermostat, only to discover it only required a simple battery change.

Waterbury Heating & Cooling can assist with all thermostat maintenance steps, but what about thermostat troubles? If you suspect your system is failing, broken or otherwise behaving unusually, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. Our friendly and knowledgeable technicians are happy to give your HVAC system a once-over to find and fix the unit’s problems.

Signs your thermostat needs to be serviced

Since the thermostat is such an integral part of your HVAC system, almost anything that goes wrong can be a potential thermostat issue. To tell whether your system has broken, aging or less durable parts versus a bad thermostat, you’ll need to either pay very close attention to the signs or simply call Waterbury Heating & Cooling.

At Waterbury Heating & Cooling, we understand the ins and outs of your HVAC system, so when we see or hear the unusual symptoms it’s displaying, we’ll know how to help. In the following situations, give us a call and we’ll replace your thermostat or diagnose and fix the issues for you.

  1. The heating or cooling system cycles repeatedly

    When your air conditioner or heater starts to run, then stops before reaching the set temperature, and turns on again, it’s called cycling. When the cycling doesn’t stop, not only is it going to result in a higher electric bill, but it’s also a sign that something is wrong with your system. It could be your thermostat, which may not be level, the thermometer may have been broken or some other component within the unit can be worn out.
    To know for certain what the problem is, you should call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. Our technicians have been specially trained to inspect, diagnose and repair or replace all parts of your HVAC system. If your thermostat needs to be leveled, repaired or replaced, our guys will take care of it.

  2. AC or heating system stops working

    When the cool air stops flowing or the heated air stops working, check your thermostat. Does the display appear normal? Was the proper temperature set? If the display is dead (digital), you may be able to fix it with a simple battery replacement. If you change the battery and it still won’t turn on, check to see if there is a tripped breaker or blown fuse. If everything seems normal with the electrical, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. A friendly professional will inspect the unit and your system until they get to the bottom of the problem.

  3. AC won’t turn off

    What’s worse than an air conditioner that doesn’t blow cool air in the middle of summer? An air conditioner that refuses to turn off. Don’t suffer through a harsh winter in your living room, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. There can be a number of reasons why your AC unit is ignoring the set temperature on your thermostat, and most of them require professional service to fix.

  4. Thermostat stops working

    When you set your thermostat to run the fan in your home, it starts pretty quickly, but what if it doesn’t? What if you try to set a temperature schedule so your home isn’t cooling an empty house while you’re at work, but no matter how you attempt to set it, nothing is saving? When your thermostat stops responding to your commands, it can be damaged, old or simply defective.If your thermostat is defective, there is no repair. You can only replace it. When you suspect your thermostat is broken, too old or just defective, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. The responding technician will take a look and let you know if the thermostat can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced.

At Waterbury Heating & Cooling, we believe you and your family deserve to be comfortable all year round. So, if you live in or around Sioux Falls, South Dakota and your thermostat is giving you trouble, give us a call. When your HVAC system needs to be serviced or replaced, schedule an appointment with one of our professional, friendly and knowledgeable technicians. We offer services and repairs, as well as the installation of several products, including boilers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, thermostats, geothermal systems, furnaces, air conditioners and more. Call Waterbury Heating & Cooling today at (605) 338-2692 or visit our website at and trust us to take care of all your HVAC needs.