Having a damaged thermostat during the winter can be a real hassle. You do not want to have the air inside your house match the temperature outside. The first thing that most people would do is to call a technician to fix this problem for them. If you do this, you will be spending a lot of money just to have someone do something that you can do by yourself. Changing a damaged household thermostat may not be easy for everyone, but you can do it just by following a few steps.
Here are the steps on how you can change your damaged household thermostat:
Purchase a new thermostat. Before you can change your household thermostat, you have to purchase a new one for the replacement. If you know what type of thermostat you have, you can just go to the hardware store and buy a new one. If not, take note of the brand and model of the thermostat that is broken. When you go to the hardware store, ask for some assistance regarding the new household thermostat that you must purchase.
Preparation. Go to your power box in your house and shut off the power for the meantime until you get the new thermostat installed. This will prevent you from getting electrocuted while you work on changing the household thermostat.
Remove old thermostat. First, remove the old thermostat from the wall. Unscrew the cover using a screwdriver. When you open the cover, you will see a bunch of wires on the thermostat. Open the new thermostat that you just bought. You will see the wires on the new thermostat have labels. This will help you in determining where to connect the cables in order to make the thermostat work. You can make some labels to make you remember which cables should be connected to the new thermostat. Afterwards, completely disconnect the old thermostat from the cables.
Replace the thermostat. The next step is to replace the old thermostat with the new one. See if the slots or holes from the old thermostat match the ones for the new thermostat. If not, you may have to make new holes for the new thermostat to fit on the wall. Then, connect the cables that you see according to how you labeled them earlier. If you are having trouble, you can consult the instructions that came with the new thermostat. When everything is set, place the batteries in the thermostat and put the cover on.
Test the new thermostat. Go to your power box and turn the power back on. Test to see if the new household thermostat works.
These are the simple steps on how you can change your damaged household thermostat. The steps are quite easy if you follow them to the letter. You can save a few hundred bucks by changing the busted thermostat by yourself. All you have to pay for is the new thermostat that costs under a hundred dollars.