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A couple of months ago, the HVAC unit in my home started malfunctioning. The temperature inside my home soared to over eighty degrees Fahrenheit, even though my air conditioning system ran nonstop. After inspecting my air conditioning unit, my knowledgeable HVAC contractor recommended I purchase a new system. He discussed the pros and cons of installing different sizes of HVAC units with me. After considering my HVAC contractor’s advice, I decided to purchase a three and a half ton HVAC unit. Shortly after my HVAC contractor installed my new air conditioning unit, my house started feeling more comfortable. On this blog, I hope you will discover how an HVAC contractor can help you select the right air conditioning unit for your home. Enjoy!


The Right HVAC Unit for Your Home

Thermostats, Recovery Mode, And When You Should Call For Heating Repair Services

by Jamie Shaw

What is recovery mode? Your thermostat is suddenly in recovery mode—and you're not sure what to do next. Before you start pressing buttons or making changes in the temperature setting, take a look at what you need to know about recovery mode, thermostats, and heating repairs.

Is Recovery Mode A Problem for Every HVAC System? 

Recovery mode is a fairly new addition to thermostats. If you have an older thermostat, it won't have a recovery mode setting. But if you recently replaced an older model with a new programmable or smart thermostat, chances are you will see the words "recovery mode" on the display. 

Even though recovery mode may seem like a warning or a problem code, it usually isn't. This newer feature is a normal mode that indicates your system is starting to lower the temperature.

How Does Recovery Mode Work?

A constant indoor air temperature may cost you more in unnecessary utility bills. If you aren't home for extended periods of time (during the work or school day) or prefer to sleep cool, you won't need to set your heater to a high temperature. 

The U.S. Department of Energy notes that a seven- to ten-degree Fahrenheit change in the thermostat setting for at least eight hours each day can save the average homeowner up to 10 percent on their heating costs. This means if you raise the thermostat setting while you're away or asleep, you could pay less to use your home's heating system.

If you have a new programmable or smart thermostat you can easily set and change the temperature ahead of time or (if you have a smart feature) from outside of your home. The change in temperature setting will stop the system from turning and reduce the amount of energy it uses. 

When it reaches time to start heating your home again, the thermostat will tell your HVAC system to turn on and begin raising the indoor air temperature. This is when it will switch into recovery mode.

Are There Other Reasons for the Thermostat To Go Into Recovery Mode?

Yes, it's possible for your thermostat to switch into recovery mode for a different reason. Even though the primary cause is the setting in your programmable or smart thermostat, a power surge or electronic glitch in the system can force the thermostat into this mode. These issues can erase the thermostat's memory. The result is a temporary malfunction. This typically isn't a cause for alarm and will only require you to reset the system.

While most causes of recovery mode aren't serious issues, it is possible that the thermostat is damaged or your furnace is failing to heat your home adequately.

To find out more, contact heating repair services.