(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Decent programmable thermostat
Easy To Install
No Attached Crib Sheet
Programming Not Clear
The old programmable thermostats in the house we <br />recently bought were both acting strangely, so we<br />turned to CR for advice on replacements. Given that<br />we do not need WiFi control, or other remote or <br />computerized setup options; the highly-rated,<br />relatively inexpensive Lux TX9600TS seemed a good fit<br />for our needs.<br /><br />The 9600s were easy to install with one caveat: there<br />is a Gas/Elec slide switch that is incorrectly<br />described in the text of the installation instruction<br />booklet. The accompanying diagram is correct, however;<br />at least that diagram matches the labels on the circuit<br />board itself.<br /><br />Speaking of the booklet -- don't loose it or throw it<br />away! You will need it to program the thermostat; <br />there are no instructions on the device itself, and <br />the function of some of the options is not obvious.<br />For example, to step through the setup and programming<br />options, we are asked to use a Scroll button. With<br />the booklet in hand, all is clear. But loose the<br />booklet, and forget what Scroll means -- you'll soon<br />be lost in a cascading menu system.<br /><br />However, once you have set your programs (one for <br />heating, a second for cooling), the thermostat works<br />flawlessly. Overriding a programmed setting is easy,<br />and the thermostat can hold any setting indefinitely,<br />too. You can also set the swing, and calibrate the<br />thermometer, though both our thermostats read<br />accurately right out of the box, so you probably won't<br />have to do this.<br /><br />All in all, this thermostat deserves its Best Buy<br />rating. But, gosh -- I sure wouldn't mind a swing-down<br />door with a brief operating/programming guide like the<br />old thermostats had. Don't loose the booklet!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.