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Old 10-25-2020, 08:40 PM   #1
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? For those with a 5 button duo therm thermostat and furnace w/heatpumps.

OK, I am starting to get upset at Duo Therm. We are now on our third 5 button thermostat in the last year. We had the original fail in December and replaced with new. Now the replacement failed and we purchased another one two days ago.

It's working but when I run the heat pump it will stop after some time and we can hear compressor running. I assumed it was pumping freon back into chamber.

Now the issue. Once the pump down happens the heat pump fan will come back on for about 5 seconds, shut off, and the furnace will come on.

Now I know we are in the low 40's from outside temps. I also know the heat pump is not very efficient at that temperature.

The previous thermostats never shut down heat pump and started the furnace as a alternative. The display on the thermostat still says in heat pump mode. Is it possible the new updated thermostat will automatically switch modes? Does anyone with one of these have similar results?

There's nothing in the manual that came with the thermostat that mentions doing something like this.
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Old 10-26-2020, 07:11 AM   #2
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I cannot comment on some of the details of the sequence of events you describe. However, I do know that if you have the thermostat set to heat pump and the outside temperature gets below 40 degrees, the furnace will come on because the heat pump just can't capture enough heat from the outside air below 40. My sticks and bricks home heating system operates the same way.
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Old 10-26-2020, 09:27 AM   #3
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This didn't happen until this thermostat was replaced. We have replaced the thermostat and the control board in the ac/heat pump unit. The thermostats just go dark and won't power on. I talked with the previous owner last night and he told me he replaced it twice himself and that it never did automatically transfer.

I did find a a manual online that says if the aux option is selected it would transfer from heatpump to furnace when outside temps go under 30 degrees. That didn't happen and we don't have a aux option on the thermostat.

Right now the best I can figure is the thermostat is a updated version and the paperwork isn't up to date with the current version. I will contact Duo Therm and see if I get a response. I also need to find out why these are burning out or why they just quit. In the case of this thermostat it was working until I powered it off during the day since the outside temp was in the 80's. That night the temps started dropping and it wouldn't power back on. Just like the others that went bad. At over $100.00 per pop this is getting expensive.
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