Maintaining Normalcy and Keeping Records: Tips for HVAC Maintenance

Maintaining Normalcy and Keeping Records: Tips for HVAC Maintenance

How To Install A New Thermostat

by Wanda Franklin

Your thermostat is the brains of your HVAC system. It tells your system which temperature it needs to be at, then tells it to shut off when it reaches that desired temperature. Older thermostats may not be as efficient, and may not read the temperature as well as a newer thermostat will. In this case, your furnace or air conditioner may be working much harder than necessary (or not hard enough). If your thermostat has a dial, rather than being a digital thermostat, it may be time for you to invest in a new one that is more energy efficient and much more accurate. See below for instructions and tips on how to install a new thermostat.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Wire snips
  • New thermostat wire (if needed)
  • New digital thermostat


  1. When looking for a new thermostat, be sure to look for one that meets your needs. You may want it to be programmable, but maybe you want it to also be programmed while you're away from home as well from your smart phone or tablet. You may even want a thermostat that tells you the time, as well as the temperature outside. These types of thermostats do exist, but you may be paying a little more money for these types. Once you have the thermostat that meets your needs, move on to the next step.
  2. Turn the power off to your thermostat/HVAC system. You'll be working with wires, so be sure there is no power running through those wires. 
  3. Next, take the cover off of your old thermostat. Take a quick photo of the wires and how they are connected on the old thermostat to use as a guide if you need it for the new thermostat.
  4. Remove the wires from their connections, then take off the old wall plate using the screwdriver to remove the screws holding it in place.
  5. Pull the wires out a bit so you have room to work with them. 
  6. Take the new wall plate and attach it using the screws that came with the thermostat. Read the manufacturer's directions to attach the wires properly. If your new system requires more wires than you have, you'll need to run new cable to your furnace that contains the proper amount of wires. Then attach the wires as instructed in the manufacturer's directions.
  7. Once you have your wires connected, add the face-plate and turn the power back on to the system. Power on your furnace or air conditioner to test that everything is working properly.

Installing a new thermostat is fairly simple to do, and can actually save you some money along the way. To learn more, contact a heating repair company. 


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Maintaining Normalcy and Keeping Records: Tips for HVAC Maintenance

Hi, my name is Melinda, and when I sold my home three years ago, I realized that I should have been keeping maintenance records. Because I couldn't prove that we had maintained our HVAC system, the home was actually harder to sell than it should have been. I don't want anyone else to lose money on a home sale or to experience the stress of not having the right records. Because of that, I have created this blog. It explains everything you need to know about maintaining normalcy with your HVAC system and keeping records of check-ups and repairs. Please, take a seat and enjoy reading this blog.