Thermostats have become a norm these days. In fact, almost every home owner in the country has installed a thermostat in their home. Giving proper care and maintenance to your thermostat will ensure its efficiency and longevity. However, there will always come a time when your thermostat needs to be replaced regardless of how much you’ve taken care of it. So how do you replace an old or a faulty thermostat?
Know that there are some important steps to consider first before you replace your thermostat. When replacing your old thermostat, you need to make sure that the new one is compatible with your heating system.
To replace an old or faulty thermostat just follow the steps below.
- The first step is to remove the old one. Take its face plate off and look for its mounting screws. Unscrew it so that it will be released from the wall. Remove the wires also; just be careful to not let any loose wires to fall down between your walls.
- Next is to clean the exposed wires first by scraping them with a utility knife. Do this until the wire ends shines again. After that, attach these wires to your new thermostat. Keep in mind that the new one must also have the same electrical rating as with your old one.
- Once the wires are all attached to your new thermostat, push them back into the wall and tape up the opening to prevent cold air from getting inside your walls which might affect your new thermostat.
- Install mounting screws again to secure the thermostat to the wall. If there’s a mercury tube in, make sure that it’s in the right level during the installation.
- Lastly, snap the face plate back into its place. Be sure to check it if it turns your heating or cooling system on and off when the temperature is adjusted.
In order to properly replace your faulty thermostat with a new one, you are going to need proper tools for this kind of job. Make sure that you have a screwdriver, a utility knife, a tape and a level.