While some aspect of installing a new thermostat are relatively straightforward for homeowners with a penchant for the DIY, there are complexities involved in the project, such as electrical wiring that tends to require some form of professional input in order to get right. Here are a few things DIYers should consider before installing a new thermostat.
Perhaps the easiest most straightforward component of installing a new thermostat is the outdoor sensor. This is because new sensors are connected wirelessly. However, it’s still important for the homeowner to know where to place it (specifically which side of the house) and, of course, it must be properly connected. While this step is simple in principle, there are some obstacles that may potentially arise. If they do, rather than tackling them without experience, the homeowner is advised to call up a HVAC contractor to take a professional look at the issue.
If there is a heat pump involved, then all that’s needed is to use the wires in the wall to connect the thermostat. However, if the homeowner has a separate furnace, another wire will be needed in order to connect. In this case, it would be best to call a heating and air conditioning repair company in Tampa in order to have the extra wiring linked to the thermostat.
When HVAC servicers install a new thermostat, they turn off the power that feeds the unit, as they do when performing several maintenance tasks. Professional HVAC servicepeople know which wires to connect the new thermostat to. Homeowners doing research on how to install a thermostat themselves might remark that the job might seem relatively simple when shown in a video. However, once off the wall, the wires might be in different colors, and of course it’s important to connect the correct wires to the correct components. Additionally, it’s possible that the homeowner might be met with other obstacles such as corrosion, which a professional HVAC contractor would be better prepared to deal with.
A Job Best Left to the Pros
While it’s certainly possible for a homeowner to install their own thermostat without experience (provided they do their research, take their time, and be careful), there are a variety of complications that can potentially arise. If they do, homeowners will likely only serve to worsen the problem if they try tackling it head-on without the necessary know-how. While some air conditioning companies claim that thermostat installation is DIY appropriate, it’s generally advised that homeowners call up a licensed HVAC contractor to take care of the job for them. There will indeed be a cost involved, but said cost will pale compared to the amount homeowners will have to dish out if their wiring faults due to poor thermostat installation.