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I didn't know but should have.

I got a call the other day from one of the kids.

They had been up to the cabin and said it was very cold.

We keep the heat low because we use it at times during the winter.

This cabin is new for us.

Well, everything was frozen.

The toilets and all the water lines.

The furnace was not kicking in.

My wife and I made a quick trip up there.

It took a few minutes for me to see the thermostat was the issue.

Oh, it worked.  It was the batteries that went dead.

I didn't realize it had batteries.

I should have known.  I should have checked to see it it needed them.


A warning for others...Check your thermostats and see if it uses batteries.

Sellers, if your home's thermostats uses batteries then please be kind and tell the new owners.

It is just the right thing to do.


Snow on the ground...check your thermostats.



Comment balloon 17 commentsWilliam Feela • November 12 2017 12:27PM


Good morning William. A tough lesson to learn. Hopefully all turned out well once the furnace went on. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 3 years ago

A great suggestion on something most people don't think about. Lovely picture by the way.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 3 years ago

I didn't realize some thermostats had batteries William Feela I hope there were no burst pipes

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) about 3 years ago

Mine doesn ot usse tham, but I know others who have had a simalar issue

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 about 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing your experience. This is a good alert for your readers.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 3 years ago

Good morning William. Oh no. Very scary and checking one of my thermostats too.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 3 years ago

Great advice for people who have those "up north" getaways to keep an eye on the temp...AND the batteries. 

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 3 years ago

Good morning William.  I'm glad you found the problem.  I hope the cabin defrosted OK without any issues.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 3 years ago

William Feela - Who knew there can be batteries in a thermostat. Not me.Thx for the warning as we are having colder than normal temperatures here in SE Pennsylvania.

Posted by Suzanne Strickler, School is never out for the Successful. (Realty Mark Associates) about 3 years ago

Something so simple can cause major issues.  I hope that all will be well and everything will just thaw out and be back to normal.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) about 3 years ago

Sounds like this cabing getaway was for the birds!

I had no idea the thermostat uses batteries.  We just got a Ecobee last year.  Might be something to think about.  You can control your thermostat from your phone.  If you see it dipping below a certain temperature, just slide the temp up.  I think it might even tell us if the batteries are low. 


Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 3 years ago

Oh no William Feela that is not the way for anyone to find out their thermostats have batteries.  I hope everything thawed without any damage.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

A couple of years ago, I had the batteries in my thermostat die.  When I called an HVAC company they said I needed a whole new system.  Thank goodness, I called a second company, who simply replaced the batteries.  $7,800 for a new system versus a service call of $89.00.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 3 years ago

Yes William, I always tell my clients about the batteries. I've caught one in the middle of winter a few times that just died and happened to have batteries with me. Poor design, IMHO.

Posted by Walt Fish, Upper Michigan's Most Experienced Home Inspector (Bay Area Home Inspection, LLC) about 3 years ago

I had an issue with one of mine the other day. Will definitely check if it runs on batteries! Thank you for the heads up. I didn't know either.

Posted by Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea about 3 years ago

Great tip, William.  Just like a smoke detector, a small monetary investment in a battery could save hours of anguish and thousands of dollars. 

Posted by Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise) about 3 years ago

You make a really great point. I hope you have a happy holiday! 

Posted by Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions (Martin Presence Group) about 3 years ago