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How do I calibrate the thermostat temperature readings on my Goodman GMSS96 single-stage gas furnace?

Calibrating the thermostat temperature readings on your Goodman GMSS96 single-stage gas furnace typically involves adjusting the thermostat settings rather than directly calibrating the furnace itself. Here are the steps to calibrate the thermostat temperature readings:

Safety Precautions:
Before you begin, ensure that the gas furnace is turned off at the thermostat and the circuit breaker to prevent accidental activation.
Calibration Steps:
1. Access the Thermostat Menu:
Many modern thermostats have menu options that allow you to calibrate temperature readings. Consult the user manual for your specific thermostat to learn how to access its menu settings.
2. Enter Calibration Mode:
Once you access the menu, look for a "Calibration" or "Temperature Offset" option. Select it to enter calibration mode.
3. Adjust the Temperature Offset:
In calibration mode, you can typically adjust the thermostat's temperature readings up or down in small increments, usually in fractions of a degree Fahrenheit or Celsius.
Adjust the temperature offset until the displayed temperature matches a known accurate source, such as a digital thermometer or a thermostat in another room.
For example, if your thermostat consistently reads 2°F higher than the accurate source, you can set a negative temperature offset of -2°F to compensate.
4. Save the Settings:
After making the necessary adjustments, save the settings and exit calibration mode as per your thermostat's instructions.
5. Test the Calibration:
To ensure that the calibration was successful, turn on the gas furnace and set the thermostat to a desired temperature. Verify that the temperature displayed on the thermostat matches your accurate source.
6. Monitor Consistency:
Over time, periodically check the thermostat's readings against an accurate source to ensure that the calibration remains accurate. Recalibrate if necessary.
7. Important Considerations:
Some thermostats may not have a calibration feature, especially basic models. In such cases, you may need to replace the thermostat with one that offers calibration capabilities.
Calibrating the thermostat is generally a straightforward process, but it's crucial to refer to the specific instructions provided in your thermostat's user manual.
Be patient and allow time for the temperature readings to stabilize when testing the calibration.

Alternative Method:
If your thermostat does not have a built-in calibration feature, another option is to simply remember the offset. For example, if you find that your thermostat consistently reads 2°F higher than the actual temperature, you can mentally adjust your desired temperature settings accordingly.
Keep in mind that the accuracy of your thermostat can affect the performance and comfort of your heating system. If you encounter difficulties with calibration or if you're unsure about the process, consider consulting a professional HVAC technician or replacing the thermostat with a more advanced model that offers precise temperature control and calibration options.
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