AC and Heating Tip from AC Express
Time to Replace Your Thermostat?
Is your thermostat giving up on you? Are your utility bills higher than you think they should be? Maybe it's just time for a simple upgrade from a manual to a digital programmable thermostat. Luckily, replacing your thermostat is a relatively easy task with a huge instant and long-term impact. Not only will you save energy, but you'll also save time in that the thermostat can be programmed to adjust tempurature based on time of day when the settings are properly utilized.
Follow these simple steps and your new thermostat is going to be working in no time:
- Turn off the power to the heating and air conditioning system.
- Remove the old thermostat cover.
- Remove the body of the old thermostat from the cavity of the wall. Before unscrewing the wires, label them.
- Loosen the screws, remove the wires, and remove the unit.
- With the new thermostat in hand, follow the directions for installing it. Basically you'll need to thread the wires into the unit. Check the thermostat to ensure that it's in a level position before screwing it onto the wall.
- Insert the screws into the unit according to the manufacturer's directions, tightening as much as you can by hand only. Now you need to connect the wires to the corresponding screw terminals.
- When installing a programmable thermostat, you need to remember to put batteries into the battery terminal before you mount the thermostat to its base.
- Turn the power back on and then snap the faceplate into position. Whether you're installing a programmable or manual thermostat, be sure to read the instruction manual to determine the proper way to use it.
If, after you remove the faceplate of your old thermostat, you discover that there are more than two lead wires, you may need to call a professional to install your new thermostat.
If you're in need of repairs or maintenance for your home air conditioning system, call AC Express right away! Our certified technicians can respond same-day. Call now! 512-745-6516
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