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Thermostat issue with comfort zone II.

Comfort zone II Thermostat shows a reading of 76 degrees. The heat is set for 68 deg. The furnace is still running even though house temp is 76 deg. What could be wrong?

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    Zone 3 display at t stat; if set for 64 degrees display will read 64 deg as space temp regardless of actually zone temp.. if raise zone temp up zone will react but display will still read 64 zone temp.. if lower temp to 63 etc , zone will react accordingly and stat display will show 63 etc. i have switched zone sensor with know good one and still have same condition?????

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Is this an electric or gass furnace - Eather of these can can have this problem its most recomendable that you call a seviceman .
in the case of electric furnace you may requier a new heat sequencer. And in the case of gass you may requier a new relay.

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