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    Installed a Honeywell programmable thermostat. Problem is that it cycles on and off at least six times an hour, approximately 5 minutes on/ 5 minutes off. It's driving me crazy since the furnace for the second floor is in the attic, and it's loud. Went to the FAQ's at Honeywell and it states:

    "cycle rate is the ideal number of times a heating system will run, in an hour, to maintain temperature within one degree. For instance, gas or oil forced air systems have a recommended cycle rate of 6. With a cycle rate of 6, the heating system, at a 50% load, will cycle 6 times per hour. This breaks down to about 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off. Again, the actual on and off time of the heating system will vary as the load on the heating system varies."

    Is this true? Seems like a lot to me.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    rhode island
    I had the same problem with a Honeywell programmable
    thermostat I paid close to $100.00 for. Some times
    it wouldn't run the oil burner, (forced hot air),long
    enough for the limit switch to even start the blower
    motor then shut off satisfied. I installed a good quality
    White Rodgers t-stat and never had another cycling problem. Quality has gone down hill real fast in the last few years.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Rochester, MN
    You can change the cycle per hour.. Look in the owners manaul.. I would set it to 3 cycle per hour..

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    You may have a Honeywell Chronotherm thermostat that has 2 cycling settings: 6 cycles per hour and 3 cycles per hour. I downloaded installation instructions from Honeywell's website and discovered how to set it to 3 cycles per hour. 10 min on and 10 off.

  5. #5
    In my travels, Ive noticed the cheaper Honneywell Electronic Programmable thermostats sold in Menards and Home DePot (especially the Model 'CT' series)...will drastically short cylce the furnace -- especially if the furnace is an 80 or 90 plus unit ; its too bad Honneywell doesnt give the operator a specific "Temperature Differential" to choose from (IE : 1 degree, 2 degree, or 3 degree) . Thats why i prefer Robertshaws SaverStat model , over Honneywell .

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Wonder Lake, IL
    I have had bad experiences with Honeywell thermostats, especially the Magic Stat like mentioned above as a cheap Menards and Home Depot thermostat. I have installed thousands of White Rodgers thermostats and have had the least callbacks from them and they are the longest lasting. Check out the 1F 86 series. Best bang for the buck. Stay away from Honeywell......Home Depot, Wal-Mart,Menards,Kmart,Ace wont find White Rodgers there and there is a reason for that...Honeywell has given in to greed and quality controls as well as quick testing on new products in their R & D labs, manufacturing enough to meet the demand of the HVAC dealers as well as every frickin store in the country..Robertshaw is not bad either.

  7. #7
    Thanks for the advice. I'll be replacing this thermostat soon.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Fort Worth, TX
    In fairness to Honeywell, the VisionPro thermostat is a quality product. I've also had good experience with the "Vision" stat sold at Lowe's, as it's essentially a VisionPro with less features but the same basic performance.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Philadelphia Pa.
    A few years ago I had a Trane programmable stat installed with my Trane system. I think it was set to 3 cycles per hour, but it was adjustable. This year I had my HVAC pro install a Honeywell Vision Pro. For the type of system I have it was set to 5 cycles per hour, but it too is adjustable. Right now it is set to 4 cycles per hour.

    I personally can’t stand room temperature fluctuations so I do not want the room temp to fall more than ½ degree or less, but I don’t want to unnecessary wear on the system, so there is always compromise to be made. In the winter I have the thermostat set to 71 degrees. Summer it is set to 73 degrees.

    At 4 cycles per hour in mild weather(40 degrees) I will get run times of 7 min on and 8 min off for a while and then sometimes the unit will not be on for 30 to 40 minutes. When it gets a bit cooler (low thirties) the times increase to perhaps 9 on and 9 off. When the temps are single digits to teens, the times are any where from 23 to 27 minutes on, and 6 to 7 to 10 minutes off, I think some of this depends on the conditions in the house like wall and furniture temperature as well as air temp.

    I have no problem with my Honeywell vision pro and it actually helped to reduce the cooling bill a bit, but I would encourage people to get stats that have adjustable cycle rates. That way you can have it adjusted to meet your needs.

    As for buying at Lowes or Home Depot, well, I am not qualified to comment on that, but I feel that since I have made a major investment in my HVAC system and I have a good relationship with my HVAC service pro I would rather have him take care of everything. He knows what he is doing and I don’t have to.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Olathe Kansas
    I really like the Visionpro. I have one on my wall, but I'm not real sold on it. It is neat looking though. But ya know,I almost miss my White-Rodgers. Seemed like it regulates temp better and more consistant. I think it's lots easier to program. More user friendly than the Visionpro by far. Just my opinion though. Later!

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Rochester, MN

    How is that WR regulate the temp better than the Vision?

    I have the Vision, and I'm very happy with the temp control. it stays with in range. and all room is comfy..

    What do you have yours set up at for cycle per hour?

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    'I personally can't stand room temperature fluctuations so I do not want the room temp to fall more than ½ degree or less, but I don't want to unnecessary wear on the system

    ME: A half degree is simular to Laboratory conditions ; you will cycle the death out of your equipment . Its unnecessary ; most people are comfortable at a 2 f. differential unless you are sitting still for a long time without much on . Id encourage you to experiment at going with the widest differential you possibly can for sake of equipment longevity and fuel costs. If you dont have a humidifier, that will help as well.

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    An update

    I have the same Honeywell thermostat for the downstairs furnace too. I didn't want to have to replace the downstairs thermostat so I called Honeywell today to find out if I could change the cycle rate. Turns out for my model the options are cycle rates of 1,3,6 or 9 cycles per hour. There's no option for setting it for a fixed temperature differential. I was advised not to lower the cycle rate from 6 for a furnace below 90% efficiency because, I paraphrase, "the furnace should not run much longer than the 5 minutes at a time because it was hard on the equipment especially the burner." He also said that it was more efficient to run the furnace more frequenty but for shorter periods.

    What do you make of that? It seems that the constant cycling on and off would be worse. Opinions?

    Thanks again.

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