Your thermostat’s screen is filled with all types of symbols and abbreviations, and sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all of them. For example, what does it mean when your thermostat says “hold”? In today’s post, we offer an answer and provide some tips about the “hold” function of your AC.
What Is “Hold” in Air Conditioning?
In general, the “hold” function of your AC allows you to override the pre-set thermostat settings.
The specifics may change depending on the model, but the general principle is almost always the same: You press the “hold” button, set a temperature, and your system will maintain (or “hold”) that temperature regardless of the programmed settings.
There are two types of hold, “permanent hold” and “hold until.” As you might have guessed by the names, “permanent hold” maintains the temperature you input for an undetermined amount of time. “Hold until,” on the other hand, keeps the temperature for a predetermined period.
The terms “permanent hold” and “hold until” may change from model to model. To learn more about how to activate the hold function and its different options in your system, refer to your users’ manual.
What Does It Mean When My Thermostat Says “Hold”?
When your thermostat says “hold,” it simply means that the hold function is active and the current system temperature will be maintained until you change it or the hold expires.
However, in some cases, thermostats remain stuck on hold no matter what you do. In that case, the first step is to ensure that you didn’t set a permanent hold instead of “hold until.”
Some thermostats have a “Run Schedule Option” that ends the hold and runs the preset settings as scheduled.
If you set “hold until,” but the system remains stuck on hold, check your users’ manual for solutions or seek the assistance of an HVAC pro. If you live in San Antonio, Texas, your best bet is Zero Heating AC & Refrigeration:
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