If you are replacing a thermostat for your heating system, then there are a few things that you need to be aware of before you start. There have been many questions here of people that are frustrated because they did not take the proper steps to changing their thermostat.
Here are some things that can help you avoid the frustration of having no heat because you did not plan ahead.
- If your heating or air conditioning system is not working right now, do not assume that the thermostat is at fault and try to replace it because you think it may be a quick and easy fix to your problem. The thermostat often is NOT the problem and changing it may just confuse things more and make it harder to fix the real problem. Find out first IF the thermostat actually IS the problem.
- Before removing the thermostat, make sure, that all power is shut off to the boiler, air handler or furnace, whatever is providing power to the thermostat. If the wrong wires are shorted together for even a split second your will burn out the transformer that is powering the thermostat. By the time you see the spark it is often too late. The damage is already done.
- Make sure to label well and securely, all wires and the position of them on the old thermostat. This is so that you know exactly where they were and can reinstall the old t-stat if necessary. Also you have that as a reference for hooking up the new thermostat.
- When shopping for a new thermostat make sure you do not fall for the cheaper is better deal. Many times a few extra bucks spent on your thermostat can pay off big time in savings. The better thermostats have a logic built in that will run your heating or air conditioning system much more efficiently. They also use better relays and electronics that will hold up much better over the years. Many touch screen thermostat are also much easier to program and are more user friendly than non touch thermostats
- Make sure that if you have a heat pump that you READ the instructions and program the thermostat for heat pumps BEFORE installation. It will NOT work if you don’t. Many of today’s thermostats can be programmed in your hands on battery power before you place it on the wall.
- Some thermostats, especially the cheaper ones will NOT work with all heat pumps even though they say that they will. Many times it is very hard for homeowners a DIY’ers to know the difference. If in doubt find out first before purchasing a product that you may not be able to return.
- If you have a multi-stage system you will need a thermostat that can handle multiple stages. Make sure that you know if your system is a multiple stage system before you shop and yes, those thermostats will cost considerably more money, they are essentially more than one thermostat packed in one case.
- And finally, GUYS READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!!!! This is not a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants deal!! I have done many hundreds of thermostat installations and I still get the instructions out of the box FIRST! These products are always being changed and updated. You need to make sure that you know what is going on before tearing things apart.
By following these suggestions you can save yourself a lot of trouble. Changing a thermostat often is not a simple a project as it would look to be. Allow yourself time to do the project correctly and take the time to research the project properly. This will give you the results that you are looking for and a feeling of a great job well done. http://www.fixya.com/support/r3892721-programmable_honeywell