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Testing of a thermostat. Is there any way of testing if a thermostat is working properly?

Took thermostat out. Is there any way that I can see if it is working porperly?

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Boil the kettkle and fill a cup with the water drop it in and wait a few mins if its working you will see it open if it dosent open its not working

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