Ensuring that your home thermostat and boiler system is able to provide you with the heat you need at the touch of a button, is vital to keeping your home cosy and warm, whatever the weather. When it comes to faults and repairs, you should always contact a fully qualified engineer to rectify the problem. But, if you want to be sure that your thermostat is working as well as it should be, there are some simple steps you can take to test it:
- Switch to the “On” position
Sounds obvious, but the first thing to check is that the unit is switched to the appropriate setting – either “Heat” or “Cool”.
- Check the program settings
Some thermostats will allow you to override the programs. Be sure that you have not accidentally changed the setting to one that interrupts or impedes operation.
- Check the battery
If you have not changed the battery in a while, try inserting a fresh one. This could be all you need to do to get your thermostat firing up again.
- Slowly raise the heat setting
When doing this you should be able to hear a clicking sound, as well as some noise from the boiler itself. If this is not happening, then it means that the thermostat is not sending the right signal and may need replacing.
- Test the signal
There are certain factors that can affect the signal performance of your home thermostat. These could include:
Location – if it is located close to any heat source such as a lamp, a TV or other electrical equipment it will send the wrong command to the boiler.
It needs cleaning – Dust can build up and effect the performance of your thermostat, especially in older models. Remove the cover and use a soft brush to keep your thermostat free from dust and debris.
It needs new batteries – Electronic thermostats with digital readouts and keypads rarely fail. Just put in new batteries when the low-power light comes on.
To test the signal of your thermostat you have to check if the wireless is sending the signal from the controller and being received by the receiver. To check if it’s correctly paired, turn the thermostat and check the lighst on the receiver unit.
Test Your Smart Thermostat Too
While they may claim to be all singing and dancing, modern state of the art home thermostats also need testing from time to time. To ensure that your smart thermostat is in good shape follow these simple steps:
- Choose Settings from the Quick View screen.
- Go to Equipment. You’ll see the wires that the smart thermostat has detected then select Continue.
- Choose the system components that you want to test and select Continue to go back to the Equipment
You should also be aware that:
– You can choose a specific system function to test such as: Heating, Cooling, or Fan. If your system doesn’t have one of these options, you won’t see or be able to see it.
– If it’s too hot or cold to test your system, you’ll see a message letting you know. When the weather becomes more temperate, you can try to test again.
- The thermostat will tell you what to look for during the test. For instance if it tells you “Radiators should be warming up.” go and feel if the radiators are getting warm.
Depending on your system you may have to wait 30 minutes or more for a noticeable temperature change. In-floor radiant systems in particular can take a while to warm up. Select Continue Testing if needed to keep running the test if you have a system that’s slow to warm or cool.
Home Thermostat Repairs In Bristol
If your home thermostat is not responding as well as it should be, call our experts engineers at DHS in to diagnose and remedy the problem. DHS provides professional boiler servicing, repairs and installation. Speak to us today on 0117 924 7200.