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Cherry Hill Heating Cooling: Article About Dealing With Thermostat Swing

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It's annoying to have to continually adjust the thermostat in response to the temperature outdoors, but with many older models, you don't have any other choice. Some outdated and defective thermostats simply can't hit your perfect temperature on the dot. Instead, they swing up and down, becoming alternately too hot or too cold for comfort.

Fortunately, you're not alone. Thermostat swing is a well-documented phenomenon, and there are many effective means of dealing with it. Here are some tips on keeping your Cherry Hill Heating Cooling system precisely tuned and on target.

Swing can occur for a number of reasons. If the thermostat's temperature sensor isn't calibrated properly, for instance, it won't be able to hone in on an exact temperature no matter how hard it tries. In other cases, leaky ducts may be allowing heat energy to escape too rapidly, and your thermostat may be putting in extra work to compensate after repetitive or sudden temperature drops.

Most forms of HVAC swing are characterized by furnaces, blowers or other components repeatedly turning on and off again. You may also discover that your efforts to set the thermostat to a certain temperature don't really seem to work like they once did.

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If you keep on having to make minor adjustments or the sound of the fan cycling keeps waking you up at night, you've probably got some kind of swing problem.

Thermostats are complex devices. In addition to their control panels, they incorporate a number of advanced sensors and electrical relay switches designed to enable and disable the high-voltage motors found in HVAC pumps and refrigeration blocks. These control units also work to modulate the behavior of pumps while they're running and ensure that safety shutoff features are functioning properly.

Due to their complexity, most thermostats are more than DIY homeowners can handle. Even though many modern variants include error display messages and status screens, without the proper diagnostic equipment, it's extremely difficult to determine the exact nature of these warning signs.

The first step in correcting an HVAC swing problem is getting the issue diagnosed by a professional. Experienced contractors can pinpoint common issues related to specific brands and models, and many are experienced enough to troubleshoot on the spot without disabling the system for too long in the process.

In many cases, homeowners don't even have to replace their entire units; simply changing a burned-out sensor or circuit could solve the problem. Of course, with older thermostats, it may just be cheaper to install a new model because the cost of discontinued parts can be exorbitantly high. Also remember that outdated thermostats are often so finicky that the long-term energy costs associated with keeping them running may prove far greater than the entry price of an upgrade.

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