Your thermostat is just one of those items around your home that you take little notice of until something is wrong with it. For the most part, thermostats do what they need to quietly, in the background without the need of assistance. But when they break, you can bet everybody in the house knows about it.

When the temperature inside your home reaches sweaty and uncomfortable, you will know what is necessary to resolve the issues with your thermostat, which means calling Total Care Heating and Air, for AC repair in Riverside. But before you do that, make sure that your thermostat is really broken and not just in need of a battery or something silly like that.

Here are a few signs that you may need to have your thermostat replaced.

Unit Display

If you have a digital display thermostat and it is unlit, it could mean it is at the end of its life. Of course, it could also mean it needs a fresh set of batteries, so check that first. It might be that there are issues with the wiring. Your HVAC technician will determine if it is best to have it repaired or replaced.

Poor Cycling

One indication that there is a problem with your thermostat is the cycling frequency. That is, if your air conditioning is turning on too much or not turning on often enough, the problem could be with the thermostat. If the thermostat isn’t correctly syncing with the air conditioning unit, you could be living in an uncomfortable home and be wasting a whole lot of energy.


Your thermostat could be causing you problems depending on where it is mounted. A thermostat that is placed near a window or door where there is a draft may think the house is cooler or warmer than it really is, resulting in the air conditioner kicking in when it doesn’t need to.

The same problem occurs when the thermostat is placed in an area that gets direct sunlight and it thinks it is a lot warmer than it really is.

It Gets Dirty

Like everything else in your home, your thermostat is bound to get dirty. Dirt and dust can build up in the components and wiring and cause it to malfunction. It is really satisfying when all you have to do is clean your thermostat to get it to function properly once again. Most thermostats are quite easy to clean, all you have to do is open it up and wipe it down.

Room Temperature and Setting

Before calling your ac repair service and thinking you will have a big bill to pay, check to see if the thermostat is keeping the right temperature. To do this you tape a thermometer next to the thermostat to see if they both have the same readings. If not, the problem could be your thermostat.

Having a properly working thermostat keeps your home comfortable and livable during those really hot days. Call Total Care Heating and Air for AC repair.