You might have started to replace your New Jersey home’s thermostat batteries, thinking the task was easy, and discovered the task was a bit trickier than expected. Or, you might not even have thought to replace thermostat batteries and wondered why your HVAC system seems suddenly unreliable. If you are befuddled by batteries, these tips may help.

Replace Thermostat Batteries Regularly

The first step to diagnosing thermostat issues is to make sure the device even uses batteries. Many thermostats are hard-wired into the home electrical system, so no batteries are needed.

If your thermostat uses batteries, three warning signs let you know you need to change them:

Leave yourself an annual reminder to replace thermostat batteries. An easy way to remember is to pick either the fall or spring date when you switch out batteries for your New Jersey home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Thermostat batteries need not be changed more often than once a year.

How to Replace Thermostat Batteries

Most programmable or Wi-Fi thermostats will have a housing that either slide off or unsnaps from the front. This makes the batteries, or their compartment, visible. Most thermostats use either three-volt button-type batteries or AA or AAA batteries.

Unless you are fortunate enough to have zone heating, pick a time when you are not expecting your New Jersey home’s HVAC system to be heating or cooling because one thermostat is controlling the whole house. Remove and properly dispose of the old batteries. Insert the new ones, careful to align positive and negative poles correctly.

Check that the new batteries have repowered the programmable thermostat. Never use old, leaking, or mismatched batteries, as they may harm your system. Reprogram the thermostat for maximum energy efficiency (lower heating temperatures overnight and when the house is empty).

For more guidance with your home’s thermostat batteries, or to have us help you reprogram your thermostat, contact us at Pipe Works Services

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