I recently replace the Honeywell thermostat for my Coleman heat pump,
with a Hunter digital and after I got it installed I notice that the
package said in very small type that it was not suitable for heat
pumps. It seems to work, so I'm wondering what the difference is. Do i
need to get a different one?
Mos likely your heat pump has the cooling on by default (mfgr can't
seem to come to consensus on this). If it lacks an orange wire hookup,
the change over valve isn't in play and it will still do whatever
function is the non energized one. On my Trane PTAC that is heat, and
it works fine in the winter with a non heat pump thermostat, but it
won't cool without the orange wire energized. Clear as mud?
I'm just going through the same issue now. Am being told that my themostat
is not designed for heat pumps. Need at least 6 wires, have only 5. Just
going by what two different repair men told me.
But my question is since the Hunter works and all the wires match, why
is there a problem? The Honeywell was at lest 35 years old and probably
not made for a heat pump that is 10 years old anyway.
Tony Hwang wrote:
Well, as part of a recent HVAC system upgrade, I replaced a Hunter
digital thermostat with a Honeywell digital one. When I asked the
installer his opinion of the two thermostats, his only comment was
"Hunter should've stuck to making ceiling fans." YMMV.
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