Have you looked at your thermostat and noticed that it was in recovery mode? While it might sound like your system is recovering from a disaster, many people can find this common setting on those newer thermostats. When you see the thermostat in recovery mode, don’t panic. Here are a few things you should know about programmable thermostats and the recovery mode setting.
What Is Recovery Mode?
Heating and cooling technicians are frequently asked about the recovery mode setting. When homeowners see those words on the thermostat, they may think that their thermostat is in trouble. However, that is not the case. A recovery mode is usually found on these modern thermostats. This setting is helpful, and it can make your system run more efficiently.
From Honeywell to ecobee, you can find this recovery mode setting in various manufacturers’ thermostat products. Depending on your model, the setting might be known as either “Recovery” or “Smart Recovery.” Many newer thermostats will have a small icon or light designating this function on the display.
When the thermostat is in recovery mode, it is “recovering” from an energy-saving mode. During this time, your thermostat will work toward achieving a lower or higher temperature for the room. When you see your thermostat in recovery mode, it is running to ensure that the room reaches the desired temperature according to your schedule and settings.
Reasons Your Thermostat Reaches Recovery Mode
When you see the thermostat in recovery mode, there may be any of several reasons for it. Of course, if you set the thermostat to that mode, it will enter that setting throughout the day. In most cases, recovery mode is displayed on the thermostat about an hour before the system needs to reach a specific temperature. This recovery mode setting is typical. You should not be concerned when it appears on the thermostat’s display.
For many homeowners, the recovery mode can come as a surprise. Even if you have not set your system to turn on or off, you could still see the recovery mode on the thermostat’s display. If that occurs in your home, it could be tied to a problem with the thermostat. Before you start to worry, you might want to troubleshoot the issue. Often, you may have changed the setting without realizing it. In some cases, smart thermostats will automatically adjust their settings.
Why does that happen? These thermostats will accommodate the various temperature patterns and switch to your ideal setting. If there was a power surge or glitch, the thermostat may have reset itself, reversed your previous settings, and returned to those factory-set default ones. You might have programmed the thermostat to a specific setting for a certain day or date. With that in mind, the recovery mode could appear at those specific times.
Finally, you could see a recovery mode if your HVAC system malfunctions. While this is not a common cause, the recovery mode can occur when the system tries to reach a specific temperature. When your HVAC is not operating optimally, your heater or air conditioner will struggle and not keep the home at the right temperature. With some systems, recovery mode could flash on the display.
How to Get Your Thermostat Out of Recovery Mode
You should always look at the settings if you do not want your thermostat in recovery mode. Go into the preference section and disable the recovery mode. For some programmable thermostats, it can be tricky to find this setting. If you cannot locate it, take time to consult the manual. When all else fails, you should call the manufacturer’s customer service line to get guidance on this setting.
You can program your heating and cooling system to operate in recovery mode at certain times. All you have to do is adjust your schedule. For example, you may want the room temperature to reach 72 degrees at 8 PM. With recovery mode, the system will start to turn on and work toward reaching the optimal 72 degrees. For a thermostat with the recovery mode features, your system will operate as normal and enter recovery mode an hour or two later. As a result, the recovery mode starts later, ensuring that your HVAC will be more energy efficient.
Unfortunately, you cannot take all thermostats out of recovery mode. If the thermostat malfunctions, you may need to call an HVAC company. First, you can contact the thermostat manufacturer and report the problem. They may have a fix to get the thermostat back to normal functionality.
Smart thermostats can be tricky to navigate. The manufacturer could offer solutions for those common problems, but sometimes, you need experienced local help. You might want to call an HVAC technician if there are complex issues. These professionals understand common thermostat problems. They will come to your home and help you set up the thermostat to get the most out of your heating and cooling system.
How to Tell If Something Is Wrong
In most situations, recovery mode is a harmless setting. It just means that your programmable thermostat is ready to switch to another temperature. However, the recovery mode can show up when your HVAC system malfunctions. If you notice that your system switches to recovery mode for no reason, it might be a cause for concern. Take a look at the thermostat setting to ensure that the system is not in the “Off” mode.
If everything looks fine, then you might have a problem with your thermostat. When the thermostat unexpectedly goes to a lower or higher temperature when not programmed, you could have a problem with the system. You might want to check the outside fan to see if it is spinning. In some cases, the HVAC could work but struggle to cool or heat your home.
Recovery mode is normal, but it can happen when the heating and cooling systems are not maintained correctly. When you have any doubts about your HVAC system and its settings, you will want to call out a professional to inspect the unit.
There are times when you need a professional opinion. For the most part, you do not need to be concerned about recovery mode. However, if there are fluctuations in the temperature or the unit does not operate efficiently, there could be more issues behind that setting. A trained technician will work to inspect the system and make sure it is running as efficiently as possible.
Trust Our Heating and Cooling Team
For the most part, you should not worry about those recovery mode settings. If you have any questions, reach out to us at Gee Heating & Air. Our team offers unrivaled heating and cooling service throughout Gainesville and the surrounding areas. You can count on us. We have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and our technicians and staff members work hard to deliver an exceptional experience to all our customers. We have over three decades of experience as a family-owned and -operated business.
Along with offering heating and cooling repairs, maintenance visits, and installations, you can trust us to provide your home with indoor air quality and ductless mini-split solutions. Plus, we have technicians on hand to handle those emergency repairs. If you need help in Gainesville, make sure to call Gee Heating & Air today!