One of the ways to conserve energy and save on bills is to use a digital programmable thermostat. Using a digital programmable thermostat will enable a homeowner to control the temperature of the air conditioning or furnace according to preferred level.
Installing a digital programmable thermostat at home can be done with the help of a professional heating contractor. However, should you decide to install the gadget personally, you must know the steps in installing a digital programmable thermostat. Before installing, you still have to consult with a licensed electrician to be sure that there would be no problems regarding the electrical wires to be used.
How should you properly install a digital programmable thermostat?
- Turn off the power. Shut off the circuit breaker in order to turn off the furnace and air conditioner power before starting the installation.
- Remove the old thermostat. Before removing the old thermostat, remove the old cover from the mounting plate on the wall without disconnecting the wires.
- Disconnect the old wires. Before disconnecting the old wires, identify these wires first by labeling them. Be careful not to have these wires retreat back into the wall. When marked, disconnect these wires.
- Connect the new wires. The new thermostat back plate should be placed where the old wires were initially placed. Use markings to mark where the screws will be placed and to be sure that everything is leveled.
- Punch holes on the wall. Punch holes on the wall where you marked for the screws to be placed. Be able to put the screws firmly on the wall.
- Screw the back plate. Screw the plate into the anchors.
- Thread the wires. Using the base of the new thermostat, thread the wires. Look carefully and make sure that there are no wires in-between the wall and the plate.
- Adjust the base. Be sure that the base is level with the wires and that the mounting plate’s screw is centered on the marks for the screws.
- Drill the holes. Drill holes for each of the screw. Remove the drywall dust.
- Attach to the wall. Tap evenly the plastic anchors to the holes by using a hammer or something similar. Be sure to level the wires while threading through the base of the new digital programmable thermostat. Carefully insert the mounting screws.
- Tighten the screws. Tighten the mounting screws and make sure that these wouldn’t fall off.
- Connect the wires. Use the wiring diagram to make sure that the wires to be connected are matched. To remove plastic insulation, use a wire stripper.
- Turn the power back on to test the unit. After everything has been thoroughly checked, turn the power back on. Use the instruction manual to program and test the digital programmable thermostat. Use both the automatic and manual modes to test if both air conditioning unit and furnace work well.
If the digital programmable thermostat works well, enjoy the newly installed gadget. If not, better hire a professional who can install the unit properly.