What is a Heat Anticipator?

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A Heat Anticipator is really a potentiometer connected to (possibly) two resistors. You may see these resistors behind a mechanical thermostat "coil". When the heater is running, current flows and heats up the resistors, making the heater turn off a little early so that it doesn't overshoot the temp you have set. If the pot is set at it maximum resistance, the resistors heat less, it just makes sense. Check your manual on your thermostat for proper settings.

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