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We are so used to the comfort our electronic devices create that we sometimes forget about their existence. The same applies to room thermostats.
Ideally, this is what every household desires – turn it on and never, ever touch it again. However, when it starts living its own life and doing something completely different from the settings, this is the moment when you should pay attention to this little wall device.
In this post, we will tell you what can potentially cause a thermostat to stop working and what you can do to fix the problem yourself.
So, if you:
Then this post is for you.
Quite often we receive calls from people saying that their central heating is not working but, when the technicians start examining the system, it turns out it’s the thermostat that’s at fault.
Usually, people get confused when they hear that the room thermostat is broken because “it never caused problems” or “they haven’t done anything to it”. Believe it or not, the fact that we don’t do anything with them is the problem by itself. We completely forget about the maintenance of our home devices up until the point they break.
Down below, you can find the most common reasons that can stop a thermostat from working:
The following signs should tell you that your thermostat is not working properly:
However, you should know that these signs can indicate more serious problems with your central heating system. There is a chance that the problem is either with the radiator or the boiler.
Are there any hints pointing to boiler issues, like no supply of hot water and heating? Or maybe your radiators are cold only at the bottom and making weird gurgling sounds when you turn them on? Don’t rush to conclusions, and thoroughly examine your heating system. And if you are hesitating to do it on your own, you can always consult with specialists.
There are several things you can do to fix your thermostat without professional help:
Let’s start with the simplest but sometimes most effective solution – changing the settings of your thermostat. Yes, it might sound silly, but when was the last time you had a look at your wall device before it started acting up? You might not even notice how the time settings have changed simply because of the power outage.
If you have a wireless thermostat, the problem might be in the connection between the receiver that is connected to the boiler and the thermostat. Usually, the system should “tell” you that the connection is lost. The information will rather appear on the receiver or the thermostat. Consult with the instruction manual for your device. If you have troubles finding your manufacturer’s manuals, you can check these websites of the most common wireless thermostat brands:
This can help if you have a digital thermostat that can be easily disassembled.
You will need a soft cloth, any alcohol-based cleaning solution, and a soft brush.
A draught and heat-free location is essential for your thermostat to be able to accurately identify the air temperature around your house. If any closely located appliances or devices produce heat, your thermostat “thinks” that the air is warmer than it should be and starts, as we say, acting up.
The same happens if the location is draughty. Poorly insulated windows and doors can let the cold air in, making the area around your thermostat cooler than the rest of the house. As a result, you might experience the heating turning on unexpectedly.
The best location for your thermostat will be:
No matter how simple your thermostat problem is, it will still take at least an hour of your precious time to get the job done. The situation might even get more nerve-wracking if the problem is not in the thermostat itself but the radiators, or even worse – the whole central heating system. Fantastic Services offers a repair service that you can count on. The Gas Safe registered technicians will have a close look at your thermostat and heating system and resolve any malfunctions. Save yourself from the tedious repair job and let them do it for you! What are you waiting for? Book your thermostat repair service now!
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