Modern thermostats have certainly come a long way in how they control and benefit your home’s HVAC system, but if one thing has stayed the same, it’s the reliance on batteries for both primary and ancillary capabilities of these devices. Today, we’re going to explore when you should change the unit’s battery as part of thermostat maintenance, and how to perform the task.
Pay Attention to the Thermostat
Modern thermostats are equipped with an early warning system set up as a “low battery” indicator that will tell you when it’s time for the batteries to be replaced. On most units, this is represented by a small light, usually red, that will flash on and off when it’s time. Other units will emit a low beeping noise that will clue you in.
Other Times to Replace the Batteries
Even if there isn’t an indication of a low battery, you may want to replace them anyway. This is typically reserved for two different situations. First, you may want to change the batteries at the start of a new season so that you will have absolutely no interruption with the heating or cooling of your home. Second, if you are going on vacation or taking a business trip, it’s a good idea to change the batteries before you leave to prevent any problems with the system while you’re away.
Replacing the Batteries Is an Easy Task
Replacing the batteries in your thermostat, regardless of how advanced it may be, is relatively simple. Either on the front, back, or side of the unit, you will find a battery compartment cover. This can usually be removed by pulling or pushing on a small tab and popping the cover open, but some thermostats require a screwdriver. Once the cover is off, all that’s left to do is remove the old batteries and stick in the new ones.?
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