My old style Honeywell mechanical room thermostat has stopped working... turns fully but no clicking to send signal to the combi boiler. It did work for one day when we kept turning it quickly but has now stopped completely. Can anyone advise whether it’s a simple job to replace this with a programmable thermostat or is it a job for an electrician!
Hi pippa2000 It is certainly a job for someone with electrical knowledge because depending on the thermostat you choose there may be changes needed to your wiring system. I would recommend that you fit a wireless thermostat so you can choose it's location. Whether you go programmable is a personal choice but be careful which one you choose because some are very difficult to understand/programme. Regards S
Flomasta 22199SX Wired Digital Programmable Room Thermostat (6259G) at Screwfix £27.56 is what I used. Simple two wire.
I had problems with wireless, the cheap don't have fail safe, so flat batteries can cause heating not to switch off, mid range tend to have a mark/space anti hysteresis software which makes modulating boilers run efficient, so cheapest is likely Hive, but for Hive to work well also need Hive TRV heads which works out expensive.
So jumping from around £30 to £200 to use wireless.
I use Nest gen 3 which works well, but not cheap, and there are better.
Main thing is what boiler? With an old oil boiler which does not modulate a mark/space control is no problem, with modern boiler often better to use OpenTherm so it turns boiler up/down not on/off.
Remember the TRV controls room temperature, the wall thermostat often is only there so on warm days the boiler does not cycle.
Hi pippa2000 Try searching for wireless thermostat - I’ve fitted Salus in the past with no problems. The programmable one is around £35 but if you already have a time clock on your heating go for the one that is not programmable. Regards S
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