Why is my Thermostat in Recovery Mode?


A programmable thermostat turns on hot or cold air to reach a specified room temperature. If you want your room to achieve a specified temperature at a predetermined time, you will need the services of a programmable thermostat fitted with recovery mode functionality.

What Is Recovery Mode?

A programmable thermostat with recovery mode is significantly different from a normal heat regulator. Normal thermostats will spring into action at the specified time, working gradually to achieve your desired temperature. However, a recovery mode programmable thermostat starts working well before your specified time so that it can achieve the desired temperature when the time elapses.

Picture this: You want to wake up at 6 a.m. to a set temperature of 70 °F. If you have a normal programmable thermostat, you will wake up to a lower temperature because the thermostat starts heating the room at exactly 6 a.m. It would be some time before it achieves the required temperature. But, a recovery mode programmable thermostat will get into action ahead of time so that the room achieves 70 °F at exactly 6 a.m.

The recovery mode on your thermostat makes a world of difference with other normal programmable thermostats. If your system seems “stuck” in recovery mode, here are some potential reasons why.

1. To Achieve Programmed Temperature at the Right Time

Since you want a specific temperature at a certain time, your thermostat may get stuck in recovery mode. Depending on the range between the prevailing temperature and the programmed temperature at the set time, your thermostat may have to work longer to achieve the required temperature. If the current temperature has fallen below 50 °F, but you want a warmer morning when you wake up at 7 a.m., the thermostat will constantly be in recovery mode.

Recovery mode also helps your thermostat to handle thermal shocks. These shocks occur from the drastic changes in temperatures in the course of a day. Sometimes, indoors may be warmer than the outside world, and vice versa. The thermostat studies these variations and uses its algorithms to adjust accordingly. For this reason, the device may always be in recovery mode.

2. Increased Efficiency

Your thermostat uses recovery mode to increase its efficiency. You want different room temperatures at various times during the day. For instance, you need to feel warmer in the morning but a bit cooler during the day. Since you have to achieve multiple temperatures throughout the day, your programmable thermostat may remain in recovery mode in readiness for the programmed changes.

Recovery mode saves you the trouble of making numerous trips to the thermostat. You can input your values once and leave the rest to the algorithms of the equipment. It achieves more efficiency than normal programmable heating machines without the recovery mode feature.

3. To Adapt to Your Behaviour

Recovery mode uses some algorithms to learn your behaviour and adjust accordingly. You do not have to worry about anything if your system always seems to be “recovering,” so to speak. If you have scheduled a temperature change at 5 p.m. when you come back home from the office, the thermostat will learn this behaviour. Having mastered your routine, the device will stay in recovery mode so that it can adjust the temperature before 5 p.m.

Thanks to recovery mode, this machine will not wait for you to enter your house before beginning the process of adjusting temperatures. This means that you can escape the chilling weather of the winter, or the scorching summer sun, immediately when you step into your house.

4. To Show That It Is Working

If you see a visual of “recovery mode” on your thermostat, this means the system is working. The thermostat is actively controlling the HVAC system in your house to return the temperature to a preset level. You would never know the machine is active if the recovery mode notification was off.

This is the case when you want the thermostat to maintain the temperature of your residence while you are away, but you adjust it when you come back. The thermostat will work to maintain the room temperature while reading the outside temperature and adjusting itself accordingly when you step back in the house. The recovery mode is an indication that your device is wholly functional.

At Guaranteed Comfort Heating & Cooling, we specialize in recovery mode programmable thermostat installations. Our technicians have years of training and experience up their sleeves. You can trust us to set up the HVAC systems in your home professionally and affordably. We also handle heating and cooling system repairs and tune-ups. To schedule an appointment, call our office in Windsor, ON, today.

Chris Egan


Chris Egan, owner of Guaranteed Comfort Heating & Cooling, brings over 35 years of HVAC experience. Dedicated to customer satisfaction, he delivers top-notch heating and cooling solutions.