How to calibrate a manual thermostat

My wife was so happy I fixed our thermostat that she even cooked my favorite dinner that night!

Over the years, our family's thermostat has proved to be incredibly useful. After all, during warmer months, I don't know what is much better than walking into a perfectly cooled house after a run. At the same time, it's so comforting to relax in our warm living room once winter is in full swing.

However, with all the use our manual thermostat has seen over the years, it has broken down from time-to-time. My wife and I used to call an electrician to come and fix it, but that would usually cost us a couple hundred dollars.

The two of us made a resolution that next time the thermostat didn't work properly, we would do our best to fix it on our own. So a few days ago when I noticed it wasn't calibrated properly, I decided to do some research. I found some information that explained how to get it working again.

First, the article advised that I purchase a glass thermometer that uses mercury. I was to tape this on the wall next to the manual thermostat.

After waiting thirty minutes like the article said, I compared the temperature on my thermostat to that on the thermometer. I then opened up the thermostat using a screwdriver and used an air can to blow off dust particles that were inside the appliance.

I used the tool to put the thermostat's cover in place. I waited a few minutes and readjusted the appliance's temperature. Within about an hour, our thermostat was working again. I was so thrilled, and so was my wife. She even made my favorite dinner for our family that night!

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