What Does It Mean When My Thermostat Is in Recovery Mode?

February 17, 2022
Thermostats in Abbeville, LA

Programmable thermostats are incredibly convenient and offer an easy way to help reduce your heating and cooling costs. However, they can also be confusing if you don’t know what all the different settings and modes mean. One of the more frequently asked questions about programmable thermostats has to do with recovery mode. With that in mind, here’s a quick overview of what recovery mode is and how it works.

Recovery Mode Explained

Many people falsely assume that recovery mode indicates a problem with their thermostat, but in truth, it is usually nothing to worry about. Recovery mode simply indicates that your thermostat has begun the process of adjusting the temperature in your home. The thermostat switches into this mode whenever it has been off or in energy-saving mode to slowly begin raising or lowering the temperature. This typically happens a few hours before the thermostat is programmed to reach a set temperature. Recovery mode is simply telling you that the thermostat is turned on and is running to ensure that it reaches the set temperature on schedule.

Let’s say you have the thermostat set so that the house will be 70 degrees when you get home from work. In this case, it will switch into recovery mode a few hours earlier than this to gradually lower or raise the temperature. Instead of simply running the furnace or air conditioner on full blast, recovery mode allows your system to adjust the temperature in a more energy-efficient way.

Other Causes of Recovery Mode

Recovery mode generally just shows you that the thermostat is working and adjusting the temperature of the home. However, if you haven’t programmed your thermostat or your heating and cooling shouldn’t be running, recovery mode may indicate that your settings have changed. Typically, this is a result of a power surge or glitch that caused your thermostat settings to reset. In very rare cases, it may also be a sign that there is an issue with your thermostat or HVAC system that caused it to unexpectedly shut off.

If you’re looking for more information on programmable thermostats or need any heating or cooling services, F & R Air Conditioning, Inc. is here to help. We have been serving customers in Abbeville and the surrounding areas for nearly 70 years, and we offer a wide range of HVAC services including furnace and air conditioning installation, maintenance and repairs as well as indoor air quality solutions. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

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