I just moved into a new house down in Central Florida and have a heat pump
with, what I consider, a cheap controller. I just allows you to turn on the
A/C or the Heat. I would like to purchase a programmable controller in an
effort to save a few bucks and control the temps a bit better without my
intervention. The current unit is a Honeywell and as for the unit, hmm...no
manufacturer on it...it does have model numbers though....I am sure I could
google myself to death and find the info, which I have done at some level,
or ask here...any quick suggestions???....Thanks in advance....Ross
Umm this is really a hard one but maybe you want to get
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Please dont try to install it yourself because after reading your post
Im sure you are perfectly capable of "letting the smoke out"
Actually, you did. I was trying to point out that the question you are
asking about your home comfort and features is like me saying to you,
"Im looking for a new car. What is the best one to buy? Any
I don't have to see all your accreditations. You have them all except one.
The one you're missing is "How to be a human being and answer someone's
questions civilly". I've followed this newsgroup for many years. There
used to be tradesmen and experts on every subject. When someone asked a
question, regardless of how stupid it was there were answers to the question
posted without all the smartass remarks. Now it seems that there are a few
people, such as you waiting to pounce on anyone that asks a question.
If you think a question is stupid, don't answer it. A lot of inexperienced
people want to ask questions of the masters here and are afraid to because
of all the criticisms.
Dont be such a pussy. You mean you or someone else is afraid to post
in here because of being "pounced" on? Guess what? It doesnt hurt, its
not loud and no one can see you. Now if that makes you afraid then you
are just a big thin skinned pussy.
This thermostat is for a dual stage heat pump. I just moved into my
new house - how can I determine if I have a dual stage heat pump? Or
would this thermostat work with a single stage heat pump as well?
Thanks for your help.
All Heat Pumps are two stage in heat, the first stage is the Heat Pump, the
second is back up heat.
Now, if you have a TRUE two stage heat pump it is
1st stage low heat pump operation
2nd stage High Heat Pump operation
3rd stage back up heat
4th stage back up heat
Now, if you have a TRUE two stage or dual stage heat pump you best call a
company skilled in heat pumps of that brand and let them do it. You can
screw things up quickly if you are not 100% sure on what your doing. Then
the extra labor involved to correct wiring could cost you more than what you
will save in 5 years of electricity.
You may have a problem using just 'any' stat. Let me explain.
I have had NOTHING but problems this year with thermostats matching up to
heat pumps and geothermal units. They have become a royal PITA!!! And
Heat pumps are wired differently by brand, they are not like air
conditioners and furnaces. You may need a two, three or four stage stat, I
don't know since I'm not there. With most of the better HP stats you have to
pull another wire and re wire the Heat Pump etc. Then if you mess it up you
just blew a stat or even worse, you blow a board in the unit.
As one who works on them everyday, I can honestly say I wish I NEVER had to
work on another thermostat for a Heat Pump or Geothermal system, I always
If your determined to do it yourself then I recommend you consider using the
brand of system stat with your unit to make it easier to connect and it
won't pose problems in operation.
Now, I have had terrible luck with Robertshaw and a few others. My best
success was with White Rogers. If you have a variable speed system you MUST
USE THE FACTORIES THERMOSTAT or you will pay about $1000 after frying all
I personally would call a pro on a heat pump. It can and most often does get
confusing with all the wires. Some are upward of 11 wires to configure and
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