When Should I Replace My Non-Programmable Thermostat?

When Should I Replace My Non-Programmable Thermostat?

, by Thrive Agency, 5 min reading time

Your HVAC thermostat plays a crucial role in keeping your workplace comfortable and productive. Programmable thermostats allow you to efficiently regulate the temperature in your commercial space, which translates to more energy savings each month. Further, you ensure the health and well-being of your team with efficient temperature regulation.

However, non-programmable thermostats aren’t as flexible as newer models today. They lack advanced features, making them inefficient and less flexible. Below, we cover some of the signs to look out for to determine when to replace your non-programmable thermostat. 

Signs That You Need to Replace Your Non-Programmable Thermostat

Several telltale signs will indicate that it’s time to replace old non-programmable thermostats. Some symptoms are straightforward and should prompt you to shop for a replacement. Here are some of the crucial signs you should look out for:

  • Energy Bills Higher Than Normal: This indirect symptom could mean anything. Nevertheless, one of the first things you should check is your old thermostat and make sure that all the parts work fine. Non-programmable thermostats have old manual controls, such as sliders and buttons, that tend to get worn out. In this case, it is better to upgrade your thermostat than to repair your old one.
  • Faulty Readings: Your thermostat’s readings determine whether your HVAC will turn on or off. Malfunctioning thermostat sensors can be checked by comparing the readings using an indoor thermometer. Incorrect readings result in higher monthly recurring costs.
  • No Response to Changes in the Settings: Adjust the settings on your thermostat and see if the HVAC responds. If nothing happens, then your old thermostat may already be faulty.
  • Short Cycling HVAC: If you hear your cooling or heating system short cycling (unable to complete a heating or cooling cycle), your thermostat may be the culprit. Short cycling will cause your HVAC to work harder, which can cause a spike in your subsequent power bills.
  • Your Thermostat is Ten Years or Older: Most thermostats have a usable life of 10 years. If your unit is that old or older, it’s high time to get a replacement.
  • HVAC Turns On/Off Randomly: This is a sign that your thermostat isn’t communicating with the HVAC system. Get a replacement thermostat immediately.
  • Uneven Heating/Cooling: If some parts of your office or commercial space tend to get cooler or hotter than others, it could mean that your thermostat can’t manage room temperatures efficiently.
  • Temperature Fluctuations: When your HVAC can’t maintain the desired temperature or fluctuates frequently, it could mean that your thermostat is no longer working correctly. 

How to Check a Faulty Old Thermostat

Here are some of the actions you can take to check if your old non-programmable thermostat is faulty:

  1. Adjust the temperature on the thermostat to at least five degrees higher or lower than the current room temperature. You should hear a click or response from the air conditioner or the heater.
  2. Inspect the thermostat for corroded or loose wiring.
  3. If your thermostat is battery-operated, replace the battery and test the settings.
  4. Inspect the dials and buttons for any signs of damage. 

Benefits of Switching to a Programmable Thermostat

Surveys show that 13% of homes today have wireless or programmable thermostats. These modern thermostats have gained traction and popularity due to their many benefits, which include the following:

1. Energy Savings

Programmable thermostats are more efficient, resulting in more savings for your business. You can set it to turn off when there’s no one in the workplace and adjust the temperature optimally at certain times of the day.

2. Convenience and Efficiency

Programmable thermostats have many advanced features for your convenience. You can easily customize the settings to the needs of your office and schedule temperature changes as needed.

3. Improved Comfort

When the indoor temperature in your workplace or commercial space is managed efficiently, your team can work more efficiently, making them more productive. It can also improve your customers’ experience when they visit your store or office.

4. Improved Air Quality

Some programmable thermostats can use your HVAC’s advanced features to improve indoor air quality. This feature allows you to ensure the health and safety of your team as they perform their daily functions. 

Tips for Choosing a Programmable Thermostat

  • Make sure that the programmable thermostat is compatible with your HVAC.
  • Consider modern features such as zoning, indoor air quality control, smart alerts, home-away functions and scheduling.
  • Choose thermostats that have higher energy star ratings.
  • Select thermostats that suit your office interiors.
  • Consider the price of the thermostat along with the features that you need.

Choose the Best Suited Thermostat for Your Business

Do you need to upgrade a programmable or wireless thermostat? At Value Controls, we offer commercial-class programmable thermostat systems suited to the needs of your business. We can provide you with options to fit your budget. Shop for wireless thermostats on Value Controls or call us at 1-800-584-9901.


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