Thermostat Reading the Wrong Temperature?

August 12, 2019


Have you ever walked into your home and immediately felt unusually cold or warm even though your thermostat says that the temperature is normal? If so, there is a good chance that your thermostat is broken or malfunctioning. Inaccurate thermostat readings may occur for a wide variety of reasons.

A Broken Sensor

Your thermostat reads the internal temperature in your property through a built-in sensor. If this sensor has been damaged or is otherwise broken, it is likely to result in inaccurate temperature readouts. To fix the issue, your sensor may need to be recalibrated or replaced.

An Old Thermostat

Like any other product, your thermostat will eventually begin to wear down. When this occurs, you will find that it is not as accurate as it once was. Though you can always opt to have it serviced, it usually makes more sense to simply have a new one fitted in its place.

A Bad Location

Your thermostat records and reads out the temperature from the location that it is situated in. As such, if it is located next to a drafty window, it is likely to show lower than expected temperatures. In contrast, if it is fitted in an area that receives a lot of direct sunlight, it will provide higher than expected temperature read-outs. Moving the it to a better spot is usually the best way to fix this problem.

Thermostat Is No Longer Level

Older thermostats tend to be more sensitive than more modern models. If you accidentally bumped into your old thermostat and caused it to no longer be level, you may have thrown off its accuracy. Consider releveling or having it replaced with a newer model.

Your Comfort Is Our Priority

Here at Scott-Lee Heating Company in St. Louis, MO, we pride ourselves on our ability to keep our customers comfortable in their homes and commercial spaces. From duct repair to HVAC maintenance and everything in between, you can rely on our team of experienced technicians. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you.