Where Do I Install My New Thermostat?

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The builder grade thermometer has worn out in your house or office.  When you install the new thermostat is the location of the old thermostat the best choice?  Here are some considerations for evaluating if you may need to move the location of your new thermostat location.

Is the current location of your thermostat….

…on an outside wall?

…in a closed, unvented room?

…on a wall with a chimney or hot water pipes behind the wall-board?

…next to a damper (floor or ceiling) where cold or hot air is being supplied to the room?

…where electronics or office machines (copiers) are located? 

…in a space that has been remodeled with new walls, doors or windows?

 

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then you should reconsider relocating your new thermostat.  To move thermostat location, you will need to do the following.

  1. Look at the considerations above in choosing your new thermostat location.
  2. Turn off the power to the house or at least to the HVAC equipment.
  3. After removing the old thermostat, you may need to enter the attic to retract the thermostat wiring cable.
  4. Make a small hole in the wall-board where you want to mount the new thermostat so that the thermostat wiring cable can be pulled through the hole.
  5. If your wiring cable is not long enough to reach the new thermostat location you may need to buy a longer length of thermostat wiring cable or splice together additional wiring cable that meets the same standards of the current wiring cable and using quality splicing materials.
  6. Drop the thermostat wiring cable down the inside of the wall where the hole has been created and pull the wiring cable through the hole. You may need to use some string and stiff wire to help guide the wiring cable towards the hole.
  7. Follow precisely the instructions provided with your thermostat to connect the wires from the thermostat wiring cable to the thermostat panel. Attach the wall-plate to the wall and then snap the face panel to the wall-plate.
  8. Verify your work and the turn the power back on. With power you should see the panel of your thermostat light up.
  9. Follow the instructions that are included in the packaging to set up your thermostat.
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