Just recently, I wrote about purchasing a Honeywell Programmable Thermostat at Costco. Unfortunately, it is now being recalled by Honeywell. Luckily for us, it doesn’t have a real safety issue associated with it, the problem lies with the software for scheduling. Instead of it being truly 7-day programmable which means that you can have a different program for every day of the week, it has the wrong software so that it is only programmable on a weekday and weekend schedule or a 5-2 day schedule. Since we’re not really having weather right now that calls for a lot of thermostat action, we hadn’t messed with it much and didn’t even notice this scheduling issue.
So, as a result of the recall you can either get Honeywell to send you a replacement 7-Day Programmable Thermostat or just take it back to Costco to get a full refund. Unless Costco is selling the replacement 7-Day Programmable Thermostat at the same price, we will probably opt to get Honeywell to send us the correct replacement thermostat. If you purchased this same thermostat but for some reason did not get the recall notice, you can view the PDF here (currently, it isn’t on Costco.com’s Product Notices page, so I scanned for everyone).
For what it’s worth, here is the original review I had done about this thermostat for my This Week at Costco – October 11, 2009 post.
Honeywell Programmable Thermostat – We currently have two different programmable thermostats in our house, one on each floor. The one on the main floor works well and is easy to program and deal with. However, the one on our second floor is less cooperative. I’ve hated and thought it had issues pretty much since we moved in several years ago; Dave was less convinced. When we saw this thermostat at Costco though, it was reasonably enough priced that we figured we should give it a try. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, the question I’d ask is ‘why not’. It can make your house much more comfortable, and you don’t have to think about it or adjust the thermostat, plus you can save up to 33% on your energy bills. This is a nice programmable thermostat too because you can program each day of the week differently if you want, with up to 4 different periods during the day. Or if you don’t want to really think about the settings, at least to begin with, they have a pre-set energy saving schedule. There’s also an early start function that ensures that the programmed temperature is reached by the programmed time; so when you get home from work the house is already comfortable and at the perfect temperature. Some other nice features that it has include a backlit display, a filter change reminder, and it is really easy to program. $36.99. Item #: 439193.