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Holmes hrh314 I have a small hrh314 that repeatedly cycles on and off.  Is this normal behavior when the room is cold?  Thermostat is on highest setting.

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The thermostat is doing what it is supposed to. it is reading the air around the heater and turns on - off the element. it's when it doesn't turn on the element is when to worry.

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How do I Set the Thermostat Anticipator

If you have an older thermostat that has a heat anticipator in it then there are some things that you need to know about setting it and what it actually does.

First the function of the heat anticipator is to fake the thermostat into feeling the room temperature as hotter than it really is. The heat anticipator is actually a variable output heater inside your thermostat. The amount of heat that it actually produces is very, very small. This heat does, however, make a difference in how the room temperature feels to your thermostat.

If no extra heat is made inside the thermostat it will not react quickly enough to shut off the heating source. This will make the room “overshoot” the set point of the thermostat.
By heating the thermostat up very slightly it then shuts down the furnace or heat source before it actually reaches the temperature set point. This will allow the left over heat to go into the room and raise the temperature to the set point by the time it is all used up.

If you are experiencing wild temperature swings or the room temperatures are either not getting to the set point or going over the set point then the heat anticipator either is not adjusted right or it is burnt out and not working at all.

There are a couple of different types of heat anticipators. They will usually look like one of these.


If your heating is running too long then you will need to adjust the setting to a lower number. If you are not getting enough heat then go to a higher number. All you are changing when you do this is the amount of the heat coil you are using. Make small adjustments to the anticipator and then give it at least a half day before making more adjustments. Small changes can have a big effect if the heat anticipator is working correctly.

You also can set the anticipator by checking the current draw of the system. To do this you need to use an amp meter and measure the current draw of the heating unit when it is running. Then set the heat anticipator to the corresponding number of the current draw. This will at least get you a good starting point and some fine small adjustment can be made from there.


For more advanced digital thermostats there are cycle change features that do what this heat anticipator does in older thermostats. These often incorporate many things in determining the cycle length of the heating. These thermostats will not have a heat anticipator setting.

Like many things when it comes to your comfort, all people feel things a bit differently. You need to make the changes to the thermostat so that YOU feel comfortable. There is no right way it has to be done. Make it work for you and adjust the thermostat so that you are the most comfortable!

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Hi i havent used my radiator for 2 years is it ok to use now in my 8 month olds bedroom? also bit of a smell coming from it cant remember if i had that before or not is this normal for these radiator?

I would think it would be fine in your childs bedroom. First i would give it a good cleaning, brush it off,vacumn of blow out with compressed air. Also I would use your heater for a day or two in open area such as living room before I would trust it. I would guess that the smell you are getting is dust and hair,lint etc. burning off. But of course we don't want to take chances with our children. My son and daughter in-law used a holmes unit in my grandsons bedroom for the last four years and have had no problems. Hope this helps. Thanks

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If it no longer works, there is probably a thermal fuse which blew and needs to be replaced.

If it still works, but won't run all the time, there is probably a thermal reset switch (usually a bi-metal strip) which cuts the heater off when it exceeds a thermal limit. This is normal, I would say.

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I take it once the temp is set to 71, and the ambient temp reaches 68 or so, it shuts off, never to come on again?

If that is true the thermostat in the unit is damaged, worn out or in need or replacement, but try a couple tricks.

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Next, unplug the unit for at least 5 minutes, try it again.

Next set the unit on it's highest temp and blower setting, let it rip for 20 minutes, shut it down, unplug and remain unplugged for 5 minutes.

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see if we have a mode switch problem or thermostat if it works on high mode, it is not the thermostat, but I imagine it is, but I am curious as to if it once goes off, it never again comes back on?


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did you take it apart to see if the switch is good or the thermostat was functioning?  without looking inside, other than saying it don't work, isn't going to solve anything.

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