How to install smart thermostat

Putting up a smart thermostat could seem like an arduous and complicated task, but Consumer Reports is here to make it easy for you. Because they make a business installing and testing smart thermostats, our specialists are well-versed in the many challenges that arise when trying to retrofit one of these modern temperature knobs to an older HVAC system.

Another resource is John Galeotafiore, who oversees CR’s thermostat testing. If you want to keep your HVAC system in top shape, he advises against replacing the thermostat on really chilly days or right before you have friends around for the holidays. Please do not dispose of the old thermostat. You can always reconnect the old thermostat if you make a mess or if the new one doesn’t function.

An electrician or HVAC specialist should be consulted at the first sign of problems during the installation. Even if you aren’t sure if your house is a good candidate for improvement, they may still advise you on the best way forward. Consider your consultation fee as insurance against the possibility of damaging your HVAC system or electrical wiring. You can always get your money’s worth by installing a thermostat instead of fixing a broken air handler. Alright, then, let’s go right in.

How to Set Up a Smart Thermostat

Here you may find our comprehensive installation tutorial in video and text formats, along with visual aids. Be careful to also consult the owner’s handbook and/or installation instructions that came with your particular thermostat, as they may differ significantly from this.

Step 1: Disconnect the HVAC System

Find the breaker panel and switch off the power to your HVAC system before you remove the old thermostat. (There may be more than one breaker in your system.) Turning off the electricity to your thermostat can prevent you from inadvertently cutting off other parts of your system’s electrical wiring while you work on the thermostat’s wires.

Even after turning off the electricity, certain older thermostats that run on batteries may give the impression that they are still turned on. Honeywell Home thermostats are manufactured by Resideo. To test if your HVAC system starts functioning, turn on the thermostat and listen for the beeps. It will allow you to verify whether anything is amiss.

Step 2: Remove the Cover Plate

Your previous thermostat’s low-voltage wiring and backplate may be accessed by removing the faceplate. With some force, it ought to come off easily. There may be two hidden screws you need to remove (check below) before it will budge, so if it doesn’t, don’t push too hard. If you are unsure, it is recommended to seek the advice of a professional electrician or HVAC worker.

For future reference, snap a picture of the wiring using your phone to document the connections between the various terminals. To help you identify the wires and their respective terminal codes, some thermostats come with stickers. Make sure you put them in before you cut the cords.

Step 3: Take the Backplate Off

Taking the thermostat wires off the backplate is the next step. Some models require you to use a pen to press tiny tabs in order to release the wires, while others require you to back out tiny screws. Taking the backplate from the wall is as easy as using a screwdriver to loosen its screws.

Step 4. If desired, attach a C-wire

This step can be skipped if a C-wire is already present in your system. In such a case, you may have to run an additional wire to the thermostat in order to make it work as the common wire. According to Galeotafiore, “the most straightforward way to provide power to your smart thermostat” is by utilizing a C-wire.

Smart thermostats from companies like Ecobee, Google, and Honeywell Home occasionally come with an adapter that allows you to connect a C-wire. A third-party “add-a-wire” adaptor is another alternative that may be purchased and installed. We advise carefully reading the included instructions for these adapters.

 Note: To avoid any potential damage to your system, it is highly recommended that you get an electrician or HVAC specialist to attach any wires if you are not comfortable doing it yourself.

Step 5. Make a Model from the New Backplate

A pencil and the backplate of the new thermostat can be used to mark the wall. Drill holes for the backplate screws using a tiny bit at the markings. (Anchor the wall if needed.) Before fastening the thermostat to the wall, ensure that the wires are threaded through the backplate.

Step 6. Reestablish the Connections

After the backplate is firmly fastened, attach the thermostat wires to the terminals that match. If you used stickers to identify your wires, this part shouldn’t be too difficult. In such a case, you may find the matching terminals by referring to the wiring diagram on your previous backplate.

Step 7. Put the New Faceplate in Place

After you’ve connected the wires, the new thermostat’s faceplate should snap into the backplate. Do not push it to attach if it is difficult; obstructions such as wires may be to blame. Reattach the faceplate when you’ve tucked it into the wall.

To activate the HVAC system, you may now switch on the breaker. As a result, the thermostat should get power again and start booting up. (Indeed, smart thermostats operate in a manner similar to that of a laptop.)

Step 8. Set Up the WiFi on the Thermostat

Following the on-screen instructions, your new smart thermostat will likely ask you to establish a WiFi connection and install the app that works with it. Pay great attention to the instructions because this step could change based on the model and manufacturer.

Muhammad Rouf

I am Muhammad Rouf, the founder of TechFlax. I am expert in search engine optimization (SEO) and professional blogger. I think that everyone should be able to use technology to better their lives. We researched, analysed, and presented on this platform using all of our knowledge and we created a platform to develop a good relationship with the online community. In order for every user of social media to have access to the informational globe, we also covered social media through Tech Flax.

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