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Can I Replace My Thermostat Myself?

A DIY project can feel like a fun challenge, especially if you’re a crafty and adventurous individual. However, when it comes to your home systems, improper installation can cause serious problems. It’s possible to install your own thermostat, but a few variables can make it a dangerous project.

Island Airco takes the safety of our Eureka Springs residents very seriously. When something is amiss with your heating and cooling system, you can count on our team to lend a helping hand. Our team has compiled a guide to answer all your questions about DIY thermostat installation.

Potential Consequences Of DIY Thermostat Replacement

Your HVAC machinery can’t operate without the help of your trusty thermostat. This device must be correctly installed in your home. Otherwise, you may experience a variety of problems! DIY installation can cause an abundance of issues in your home.

Your Warranty May Become Void

When shopping for a new thermostat, you may take a warranty into consideration. However, some manufacturers will void or reduce warranties if the appliance is not installed by a professional.

Your home systems are hefty investments. When something goes amiss, you want to avoid paying out of pocket. Trust an experienced technician to handle your system and avoid the risk of losing your unit’s warranty.

You Risk Electrical Hazards

Your thermostat consists of many electrical components and wiring. Installing the device on your own can be dangerous. If the system is not installed correctly, you may damage the new thermostat if you aren’t careful. You also risk electrocuting yourself or starting a house fire.

Your System Can Experience Damage

A faulty installation isn’t just dangerous to your thermostat – it can also damage the other components of your HVAC system. Your electrical system connects to your air conditioner and other units. If there’s a problem during installation, the issue can harm your other home systems.

The Unit’s Performance May Lower

When purchasing a new thermostat, you want it to work with efficiency. However, self-installation can ultimately lower its performance. These devices will effectively operate when handled by a professional technician. Without improper installation, your system may not provide adequate comfort and can become energy-inefficient over time.

Signs It’s Time For a Thermostat Upgrade

On average, most thermostats will last around 10 years. General maintenance and repairs can keep the device continuously operating up to standard. Although your system won’t last forever, it will show signs when a potential replacement is needed. A few issues to look out for are:

  • The device doesn’t respond to setting changes
  • Your HVAC system is short-cycling
  • There are abnormal temperature shifts in your home
  • You notice incorrect thermostat readings
  • The appliance has a blank display screen
  • Your unit won’t program

When in doubt about your device, reach out to a professional technician! Your unit may need a simple repair to get back on its feet. Otherwise, one of our experts can provide you with recommendations or an adequate solution for a replacement.

Contact Us For Stellar Programmable Thermostat Installation

When the time comes for a new thermostat, don’t power through the process alone. Island Airco prioritizes your safety and comfort above all else. You can rely on our experienced technicians to provide top-tier home service. Contact us today to speak with a customer service representative and explore your options for thermostat replacement.

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