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Most people don’t realize how reliant we are on our thermostats. Your thermostat is such a vital component of your home, keeping your home’s temperature comfortable for everyone. If your thermostat is not working, you’re probably in a panic and rush to fix it right away. Have a look at some of these troubleshooting tips to get your thermostat up and running again!

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Troubleshooting Your Thermostat

First Places to Check

First, check to see if your thermostat is even turned on. If you have a digital model, ensure that it’s plugged in and that the batteries are working correctly. Ensure there isn’t any dirt or dust around where the wires connect – this can cause overheating, which may lead to faulty readings from the sensors inside of your system. 

Check that the wires are securely connected. If you have an older model with dials, look for loose or broken connections between the two parts – they are also common culprits of faulty readings.

If your thermostat is turned on, but not getting the right temperature in your house – check that all of the circuit breakers are working correctly. Sometimes, this happens when there’s a problem with an older home or part of it where other appliances may be drawing power while they shouldn’t be. This can lead to a power surge, which can affect your system.

Cleaning Your Thermostat

After checking the factors above, it may be time to clean it if you’re still having problems with your thermostat. If there’s any dust or dirt in your system, your thermostat might not read the temperature in your home correctly. Try using a small brush to remove any dust. You’ll have to be very careful not to damage any of the intricate components.

Rebooting Your System

If all else fails, try to reboot the system. Sometimes, this can help if there’s a problem with one or more parts in your system reading incorrectly. Simply turning everything off for about five minutes will give them a chance to reset themselves. 


There are a few ways to troubleshoot your thermostat if it’s not working properly. Ultimately, if these simple troubleshooting steps don’t cut it, it means it’s time to call in the professionals. As HVAC experts, we know how to assess your system. With years of experience, we’ll be able to investigate and find the root cause. Let us take a look, diagnose the issue and get your HVAC up and running again.