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I have two electric baseboard thermostats that no longer click when you increase or decrease the temperature settings. The heat does turn off and on when I turn the dials, and I think they are probably cycling when they're left alone, though I'm not sure correctly. Is the loss of the click sound an indication of a problem? (I assume it's just coincidence that two out of the 6 thermostats -- one per room -- stopped around the same time). The model is Honeywell T498E 1006 4 (both the same) and they were in the house when we moved in over 20 years ago.

Appreciate any help you can give me.


I have never known the lack of a "click" to be a problem in a line voltage thermostat or the precurser to a problem. However given the age of these thermostats I would change them anyway even though they are apparently working for one reason: 20 years old ? it maybe time. Particularly from a calibration stand point. It may not be turning the heat on soon enough any more or turning it off soon enough. In other words its not modulating the heat as good as it should be. And the contacts maybe nearing the end of their useful life as well depending upon how much the heat is used. You can use the old saying, if it ain't broke don't fix it, and if you feel its working the way it should then let it ride. Or if your not sure and you just want to be ahead of the game and know you have new stats then you can go that route. Its your call.

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