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TisMeJacki

12:40PM | 03/20/02
Member Since: 03/19/02
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The hubby replaced the thermostat yesterday (Hunter 40035A). Right now the old t-stat is on the table and says it's 77 degrees in here, the outside thermometer is also on the table and also says 77, but the new t-stat tells me it's 87, which it's not, because I'm plenty cool. The hubby doesn't seem to mind what the numbers say, as long as it's working and he's cool, it's OK. But I care... I don't like it telling me it's 87 when it seems that it's supposed to tell me it's 77. I've called Hunter and the phone just rings. Their website gives me as much help as the phone does (nada). It blows cool, it blows warm, it blows on and it blows off... everything one would want in a t-stat... but it can't tell me what the tempertaure is. Any ideas, suggestions? (and it doesn't need leveling, if that's something you need to know) Thanks for any help!

GlennG

01:10PM | 03/20/02
Is the thermostat located near any other possible source of heat? (Lamp, in direct sun, on an exterior wall, etc.) Is there any other souce of heat on the other side of the wall the thermostat is on that could be heating the wall slightly?

TisMeJacki

01:44PM | 03/20/02
Member Since: 03/19/02
3 lifetime posts
Nope, no heat source nearby. It's in the same spot it's been in for 16 years. The old one was starting to have problems with not shutting off, so we replaced it before it died. The hubby's quite handy around the house and would probably disown me if he knew I was on this BBS writing to y'all. I'm somewhat handy myself (replaced the disposal and bathroom sink before getting married, even helped the hubby build a motorcycle in the spare bedroom), but I don't do electrical. This isn't a case of wires getting crossed, so the temp doesn't read right, is it? I don't think it is, thermometers don't need an electrical source to register correctly. But darned if I have any bright ideas about what's wrong with it.

rpxlpx

04:42AM | 03/21/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
You didn't say if it's digital or just a plain pointer. If it's digital, then I'd say it's defective. If it's a pointer, I'd say something got bent and is out of adjustment.

TisMeJacki

10:39AM | 03/21/02
Member Since: 03/19/02
3 lifetime posts
Thanks you two for answering. It's a plain pointer, which I like the idea that something is bent... means I can take it back and buy a digital one (hubby's not cheap, but said we didn't need anything but the Plain Jane model). As for a heat source, on the other side of the wall is just a broom closet, so I'm stumped on that one.

So, does everybody agree that I should just take it back? That's what I'm thinking... could be my problem, could be bent, but it's more trouble than it's worth. I want my temp to show correctly, darn it.

So now the new question is... should I get a digital instead of a plain pointer? And is Honeywell a better brand than Hunter?

rpxlpx

06:50AM | 03/22/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
OK, if you want to be absolutely sure the new one is bad, place it on the table beside the other two. See if it still reads much higher than them. If so, it's bad.

Randy Colin

09:04AM | 03/29/02
Member Since: 04/14/01
43 lifetime posts
I would choose the digital t-stat because they respond quicker to temp. changes and have day/night settings that will help with energy efficiency.

Randy Colin

09:06AM | 03/29/02
Member Since: 04/14/01
43 lifetime posts
I would choose the digital t-stat because they respond quicker to temp. changes and have day/night settings that will help with energy efficiency.Either brand has proven to be an excellant choice.

gump

06:14AM | 04/01/02
Member Since: 03/21/02
20 lifetime posts
I have replaced the thermostats in my house with the Lux brand, which are sold by a major home improvement center and are quite cheap...I think I paid $30 for mine. They were rated "best buy" by Consumer Reports and I thought they were quite easy to program. You will really save a lot of money by having a good setback program, and these models allow you to program separate schedules for Saturdays and Sundays if you want to. They also had installation directions which were quite understandable and they look nice.
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