If you currently have an old dial thermostat, then it’s time to consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. These thermostats will automatically connect to your phone application via your home’s Wi-Fi. This makes controlling your HVAC system settings possible from anywhere that your phone has internet connectivity. Contrary to what you may believe, installing a smart thermostat is fairly simple to do with the right guidance.
Turn Your Circuit Breaker Off
Before you start the installation process, you’ll want to kill the power to your HVAC system. You want to do this at the circuit breaker to ensure that there is no power going to any of the wires inside of your thermostat. By doing this first, you can ensure that no internal components of your HVAC electrical system become shorted due to wires touching one another during the installation process.
Take Apart Your Outdated Thermostat
Next, you’ll want to go ahead and remove the faceplate of your outdated thermostat. Most of these are simply compression fit and will come off if you push in on their sides. Before you start disconnecting any of the wiring to your outdated thermostat, it’s important that you make a note of where each wire goes. Most thermostats will have a letter that is connected to a certain color wire.
Once you know where all your wires are going to be hooked back up to, it’s time to go ahead and disconnect them from the backplate. Wiring is typically attached via push tabs or small terminal screws. Be very gentle with the wiring to make sure that you don’t break it. Lastly, you want to unscrew the backplate from the wall.
Assemble Your Smart Thermostat
The first thing you want to do to install your smart thermostat is to screw the backplate to the wall. Make sure that your screws are going into a stud or that you’re using anchors so that your thermostat properly adheres to the wall. Go ahead and reconnect all the wiring following the notes that you made prior to disassembling the old thermostat.
You’ll want to make sure that all of your wires are tight to the backplate. Then, go ahead and pop on the faceplate. Head down to your electrical panel box and turn the circuit breaker for your HVAC system back on. Your new smart thermostat should automatically start with a prompt to get your settings set up. You can now connect the thermostat to your home’s Wi-Fi.
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