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Furnace Not Working? Perhaps it’s Time to Change Thermostat Batteries

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Recently, we’ve been receiving numerous phone calls from southeast Michigan homeowners regarding furnaces that are not working. What we’ve found is that in many cases, it’s simply a thermostat issue – dead batteries.

If you have a digital thermostat, it may be the batteries that’s causing the problem, particularly if your thermostat has warned you about low batteries. The process if fairly straightforward, a task you can likely take care of yourself.

How can you change the batteries? Depending on the brand, here are two recommendations:

If your thermostat has an external battery compartment. Here’s how you change the batteries.

  • Look straight on at your thermostat; you will see a place where you can press down to release the compartment on the top right side of the thermostat.
  • Press down at this area, then tilt the battery compartment to the right; this will allow you to remove the plastic compartment. Change the batteries out, and you are ready to put the compartment back in place.
  • To replace the compartment, begin with the side where you put the batteries in (the open side of the compartment) facing toward the wall. Insert the compartment into the slot holding it at a 45-degree angle. Tilt the compartment fully back to the left; when inserted properly, you will hear it snap back in place. The screen should come on at this point.

While your thermostat settings should have been saved, double check to ensure they are still set.

If your thermostat does not have an external battery compartment

In some thermostats, the thermostat faceplate must be removed to locate the batteries.

  • The majority of thermostats with no external battery compartment release from the bottom of the wall plate first, then the top. Carefully pull the thermostat from the wall plate while holding it firmly in place. Depending on your thermostat, there may be screws that need to be loosened, or there may be a tab at the bottom you will need to press in. Look for screws if it feels like you are having to force it.
  • If you can see the batteries either in the thermostat or on the wall plate and the wall plate remains attached to the wall, you are on the right track.
  • After replacing the batteries, snap the thermostat back into place, taking care not to force it. The thermostat has pins on the back you want to avoid bending or breaking!

Replacing the batteries in a digital thermostat is fairly easy, however, if you have problems don’t hesitate to contact us at Haley Mechanical. After replacing the batteries, if your furnace still doesn’t operate properly give heating repair experts call at 734-424-9170!

Tips to Keep Your Cooling System Running this Summer

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Tips for Southeast Michigan Homeowners to Keep Your Cooling System Running this Summer

Even in Ann Arbor and other areas of Southeast Michigan, summer temperatures can be anything but comfortable – that has been proven by the temperatures we have experienced recently! How can you make sure your air conditioner will run efficiently, and keep your family cool while keeping costs as low as possible? We have a few tips.

First, be sure to change the filter. We have said this repeatedly, but it is super important. Changing or cleaning the filter (depending on what type you have) every one or two months is critical to prevent the build-up of dirt, dust, allergens, and other contaminants that can not only shorten the lifespan of your cooling system and make it less efficient, but contribute to allergies, asthma, and other conditions. Enjoy healthier air AND improved comfort.

Have your A/C inspected every year. It is easy to forget about your HVAC system when everything seems to be running fine and dandy, but having your cooling/heating checked on at least an annual basis is critical to keep it running efficiently. When your SE Michigan HVAC technician can detect any small issues early on, it can prevent bigger, more costly issues down the road. You will also enjoy peace of mind knowing that no matter how high temperatures rise, your family will enjoy a comfortable home without the worry of a breakdown or malfunction.

Weatherize your home. Whether sealing leaks around windows or doors with weather stripping or caulk, adding extra insulation, or utilizing fans and closing windows/doors, do everything possible to keep the cooled air inside! The “conditioned” air you pay for will remain inside, while the hot summer air stays out.

Consider a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat makes it possible for you to program it for those times your family is sleeping or away from home, and forget about turning the temperature up or down. Set the schedule your family typically adheres to and put it out of your mind. Why cool an empty home when your family is away at work or school – or when you are away on vacation for a week or two? A programmable thermostat can save you a bundle on energy costs, but keep in mind it should be installed away from heat sources such as lamps or direct sunlight.

At Haley Mechanical, our goal is to help you enjoy a cool, comfortable home regardless of how high temperatures rise without spending a small fortune on energy costs. Keep these tips in mind, and contact our Southeast Michigan HVAC technicians should you need service, repair, or a new system installed.

Save Money by Connecting With Your Thermostat

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Every Ann Arbor area homeowner knows that when it comes to your air conditioning system, the thermostat is the “brains” behind the operation. How you use your thermostat can have a huge impact on not only your family’s comfort but energy costs as well. Because the thermostat controls every component of your system, it is important to choose one that gives you the biggest “bang” for your buck. Our recommendation is a programmable thermostat.

Coordinating your thermostat with your family’s schedule

It does not make sense to cool or heat a home when no one is there; essentially, it is a waste of money, and also result in useless wear and tear on your system. Programmable thermostats reduce the system to use when you are away, working on a schedule you program yourself. Instead of manually adjusting your system up and down throughout the day, you program the thermostat, and it makes the changes for you, automatically.

What’s the best setting for an effective combination of comfort and energy efficiency? Lennox recommends the following:

Summer months:

  • When you are home, set the thermostat for 78 degrees
  • When you are away from work, school, or on vacation, set the thermostat for 85 degrees
  • Sleeping? 82 degrees is comfortable for most people

Winter months:

  • When you are home, set the thermostat for 68 degrees
  • When away, program your thermostat for 60 degrees
  • We recommend 60 degrees at night when you are sleeping

What should you do during spring and fall months? When temperatures are comfortable, and you do not need either, it is simple – turn your A/C system off. Another option is to use the recommendations as a guide and tweak them to your family’s preference.

Factors other than temperature that affects your comfort

The temperature you set your thermostat on isn’t the only thing that affects your comfort. High humidity levels can make you feel warmer because the excess moisture in the air sticks to your skin. The temperature in your home may be 78 degrees, but it feels more like 85 degrees when moisture levels are too high. The solution? Some thermostats also make it possible to control the humidity, while some heating/cooling systems with variable speed make it possible to control humidity by slowly pulling air across the coil on startup, removing extra moisture.

Have questions about cooling your home and enjoying energy savings? Considering a programmable thermostat? At Haley Mechanical, we are dealers of the most trusted brands for exceptional home comfort and energy savings, including Lennox. Give us a call today!