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Remote thermostat off several degrees

The thermostat has to be set about 6 degrees higher than true temperature for heating. The thermostat has to be set about 8 degrees cooler than the desired temperature for air conditioning. All in all the remote thermostat is very undesirable. I would like to replace this troublesome piece of junk with a regular wall thermostat.

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If you can locate the sensor the remote thermostat is sending the signal to you may be able to get terminals to wire a thermostat to let me know if it is possible what the terminal letters are normally G is fan, Y is cooling, w is heat, red is 24v hope this helps

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