Why Is My Thermostat Not Working?

why is my thermostat not working

Thermostat Problems vs. Furnace Problems

It is common for furnaces or heaters to stop working and the homeowner to believe it is due to a bad thermostat. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re experiencing problems with your furnace or thermostat:

  • A thermostat is just a switch.
  • Some thermostats take batteries…check the batteries!
  • Is my furnace coming on at all?
  • Does my furnace have power?

If you went to turn on a light in a bedroom and the light didn’t come on, would you think it was the wall switch? Probably not, right? The same applies when talking about your furnace.

Change your thermostat batteries

If you have a digital thermostat then it probably has batteries powering it, when was the last time you changed the batteries? Check and change your batteries if you think your thermostat isn’t working.

Still having problems? Maybe its not the thermostat

Is your furnace not coming on; check to see if your furnace has power. Do you see an LED light through the sight glass on your furnace? Does the outlet your furnace is plugged into work if you plug something else into it?

Furnace not cycling properly

If your furnace is coming on but not cycling correctly, chances are you may have a problem with your furnace not your thermostat.

When its time to call a professional

These are some simple things to review when you’re having problems with your furnace before you know whether or not its time to call a professional. If you’ve changed the batteries in your thermostat and checked the power to your furnace but still having problems? It’s best to contact a professional, we’re here for you 24/7 even if you just have a question.

We do not recommend doing anything other than these simple steps when checking your furnace. Its best to contact a professional for further assistance or repairs. Gas & electric furnaces are very dangerous and need to be repaired by a licensed and qualified technician.