Thermostat Emergency!

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  1. Chris112

    Chris112 New Member

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    Im not sure where this may go in the forum so I hope its ok here.
    I recently bought a condo that has a thermostat in the middle of the living room wall. Its a dial that has numbers 1-5 on it (not degrees). Well I unscrewed it from the wall to try and find out if I can change it and it actually fell off and broke. It was someting I never saw before! It was one solid (looks hollow) hard wire and that was it! IT looks like it goes down the wall to a valve on the end of the heating unit. Thats all there is. It broke on the edge of the thermostat and I do not see a way of putting it back in. If any of this sounds familiar to someone I would greatly appreciate it! Please let me know if where I can find a replacement! There is no namebrand on the valve or the dial. I brought it to a local plumbing shop and they were clueless.

    Thanks and I hope you can help!
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    t'stat

    From your description, it sounds like a mechanical thermostat, and if so, it may only be replaceable by changing the control on the heater.
  3. Chris112

    Chris112 New Member

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    I believe it is mechanical.. So I have to replace the valve along with the dial?
  4. sulconst2

    sulconst2 New Member

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    sounds like electric baseboard. 110 or 220. get a tester and check the feed/s.
  5. Chris112

    Chris112 New Member

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  6. Chris112

    Chris112 New Member

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    Here are some pictures of my problem.. The back of the thermostat, wire out of the wall, and the valve on the heater.. I hope this helps. These are actual pictures of what I have!

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  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    tube

    IT is a mercury filled tube that actuates the valve. At the very least you will have to replace the top of the valve along with the thermostat. That's assuming you can even find who made it, because they are the only ones who will have a replacement part.
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