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Does anyone know a good electrician?

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#1 ProGodProGunProLife

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Posted October 10 2016 - 10:27 PM

I urgently need 2 old analog thermostats replaced. The wiring is fairly heavy gage that doesn't seem to fit most modern thermostats.

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#2 JackHass

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Posted October 11 2016 - 01:05 AM

Most likely these thermostats are line voltage (110v). Your choices in line voltage programmable thermostats are limited. There is a Honeywell made one and a Lux brand one as well (both available at HD). Make sure they say "line voltage". You could convert to low voltage thermostats, but you would need to install something like a Taco brand zone relay where your boiler is located.

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Posted October 11 2016 - 03:28 AM

They use to make transformers that you install where the thermostat goes that allow you to use a low voltage thermostat. That's what I did for my downstairs zone.
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Posted October 11 2016 - 08:00 AM

Whoever ran the wire to my upstairs thermostat used Romex, even though I have a 24V system. I connected the wires to smaller ones to make them work.

BTW, for a thermostat, you want an HVAC guy, not an electrician.

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Posted October 11 2016 - 08:30 AM

Thanks for all your input!

I am going to try to upload some photos of the unit and the wiring. I was able to get the heat and hot water working but the upstairs thermostat control does not seem to work. It slides with no resistance, so I don't think it is controlling anything. I am going to ask the guy at the hardware store if he has a compatible replacement. If I can find the right unit, I think I can install it myself.

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Posted October 11 2016 - 03:00 PM

Here are some photos of the front, inside of front cover and wiring.



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Posted October 11 2016 - 03:49 PM

Yet line voltage.

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Posted October 11 2016 - 08:46 PM

Call an HVAC guy. They'll put in a 24v thermostat with a relay on the boiler. Get the Honeywell wifi. The app is amazing.
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Posted October 12 2016 - 04:15 AM

did you put a meter on it to see if really 110 and not 24?

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Posted October 12 2016 - 06:58 AM

did you put a meter on it to see if really 110 and not 24?


It's obvious by looking at it. LINE VOLTAGE.
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Posted October 12 2016 - 09:09 AM

It's obvious by looking at it. LINE VOLTAGE.


The upside down chart shows 120V and 240V.

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Posted October 12 2016 - 09:21 AM

It's obvious by looking at it. LINE VOLTAGE.

OK, the middle pic I totally could not read, the last pic, because it has 14 wire, means NOTHING

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Posted October 12 2016 - 03:32 PM

Are we talking electric heat or boiler

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Posted October 12 2016 - 03:43 PM

Are we talking electric heat or boiler


Boiler - oil furnace.

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Posted October 12 2016 - 09:25 PM

So, I ended up getting a Lux 5 2 programable line voltage thermostat. Finally got it working.

Thanks to all for all your advice!
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Posted October 13 2016 - 10:47 AM

It's obvious by looking at it. LINE VOLTAGE.



This couldn't be more wrong.
Not everything is done to specs or code, and never assume when it comes to electricity.
A meter tells the truth (if you know how to use it)

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Posted October 13 2016 - 10:48 AM

So, I ended up getting a Lux 5 2 programable line voltage thermostat. Finally got it working.

Thanks to all for all your advice!


Cool beans.

Members helping members!!
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Posted October 14 2016 - 05:47 PM

Glad you got it working.








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