859M Thermostat help

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Old 12-14-14, 12:36 PM
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859M Thermostat help

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I currently live in an apartment where at some point the thermostat for the baseboards (a 859M thermostat) was tampered with. Now when we set the thermostat to 70 it feels like its 90 in here. What can we do to fix this problem? Please keep in mind that we are low budget income and don't know how much it would cost to get an electrician to come out and help. The landlord is useless so we cant rely on her. Any advice or help would be appreciated. Thank you.
 
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Old 12-14-14, 12:44 PM
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First do a Google search for 859M thermostat. You'll find several how to's. Next if it's been tampered with and does not work, the landlord has a legal obligation to fix it.
 
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Old 12-14-14, 12:49 PM
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Ya from what I was told it was the maintenance guy that fumbled around with it
 
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Old 12-14-14, 12:52 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

Since you are living in an apartment, you should really not be making any changes to anything electrical wise, however you said that route is not really an option. Just be aware of the liability issues if your were to do something wrong.

If you set the thermostat to 50 does it feel like 70? If so, that would be the easiest work around. Just get a cheap thermometer and put it next to the thermostat. If it also gets too hot with the thermostat set to 50, then you have run away heat. The theromstat is not operating correctly and is broken.

There is no real way to calibrate those thermostats in the field so your only other option is to replace it. This is fairly simple as long as you label how the existing one is wired, and read the instructions carefully. Of course you will need to shut off the power to the circuit.
 
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Old 12-14-14, 12:53 PM
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Then he is responsible. ___________________________________
 
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Old 12-14-14, 12:55 PM
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Turn the temperature dial to 60. Now turn it up slowly. It should click when it approaches the set point. That click point and the actual room temperature should be very close.

If the t'stat is mounted on a cold or outside wall it will affect the operation.

If it comes to the point where the t'stat needs to be replaced and the landlord won't do it. Leave your windows open to let the heat out..... they'll get the hint.
 
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Old 12-14-14, 12:57 PM
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Haha I would do that in a heart beat if I didn't pay the electrical bill for the heating : /
 
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Old 12-14-14, 12:57 PM
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If it comes to the point where the t'stat needs to be replaced and the landlord won't do it. Leave your windows open to let the heat out..... they'll get the hint.


Uh, who paying for the heating bill?
 
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The landlord just pays for S/W/G, we pay for everything else
 
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Old 12-14-14, 01:05 PM
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Ok.... too bad. Scratch that idea. We'll have to actually fix the problem.
 
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Old 12-14-14, 01:29 PM
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PJ, you're funny. LOL

If you can't fix it, get a cost for a new one. Submit the estimate to the landlord and if he still refuses to pay for then in writing tell him you are buying it and with holding that amount from next months rent.
 
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Old 12-14-14, 02:20 PM
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I like that plan Norm.
 
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