The "C" or Common wire provides a way to get constant 24VAC power to the thermostat, now required by many newer thermostats with WiFi and/or touchscreens.

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I changed my thermostat, not my heat does not work… help!

I know I made a mistake, but here's the storey. When I was hooking up the new thermostat I did it with live wires, and I used metal pliers (metal touching metal). The wires may have also touched ...
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What if the furnace doesn't have a C wire connection

I have a 25+ year old York Forced Air electric furnace, want to hook up the new Honeywell WIFI stat, there is no C wire connection in the Furnace itself, and some instructions have indicated using the ...
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Can I connect the R and C wires directly to the HVAC transformer?

I have a Rheem furnace and a Ecobee3 smart thermostat. I'm having a problem where the Ecobee3 randomly loses power and reboots. I've traced this back to the control board (IFC) inside the HVAC unit. I ...
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Wifi Thermostat to Reznor Garage Heater. No “C” wire connection on terminal strip

I just had a 75000 btu Reznor UDAP garage heater installed. Can I run a "C" wire for a smart thermostat if I don't have a C connection on the terminal strip? There is a C connection on the circuit ...
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Where to connect the c wire for a gas HW boiler (heat only) w/Wi-Fi Thermostat

I recently purchased a new Thermostat with Wi-Fi capabilites for use in one zone of a two zone baseboard hot water heating system. I pulled the existing thermostat (stat) to look at the wiring and ...
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Can't find the circuit board of my HVAC system

I'm trying to install a wireless thermostat for my church building's HVAC system. Currently there is no C wire, so I tried to see where the circuit board was so I could install one. I couldn't find ...
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Can I use a WiFi thermostat without a C wire?

I have a very old Honeywell programmable thermostat. I am going to replace it with a White-Rodgers UP500W Emerson Sensi WiFi Thermostat. I just want to know if the WiFi unit will work without a C ...
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Want to add a WIFI thermostat, but no 'C' wire… only 2 wires to each thermo

i have a 5 zone radiant floor, oil fired heating system. Each thermostat only has 2 wires running to it. i have a TACO SR506 switching relay that receives the wires from each thermostat and controls ...
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Where do I connect a C wire in a Rheem Furnace REAB 1415J?

I'm upgrading the thermostat with a Honeywell wifi one. I found all cables at the thermostat end, but can't figure out where to connect the C wire to the furnace (Rheem REAB 1415J).
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Add C wire for Thermostat to Goodman furnace

I have read most of the posts here and have a specific question about my install. In the picture you can see the 3 blue wires coming off the 24v side of the transformer. One goes to the side and than ...
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Connected C-Wire to new Smart Thermostat and Furnace board and still no power

I need help. I've been surfing the internet and have had no luck finding answers to my situation so am hoping for some guidance. I've seen other questions here answered but none that suit my ...
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Wiring new 'c' wire to heat pump system. Do I need to connect at both air handler and condenser?

I am planning on installing a new WIFI thermostat (Honeywell RTH6580WF). I have a heat pump system (outdoor condenser unit and air handler in attic). Old thermostat did not have a 'c' wire, but it ...
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How do i connect a Commmon wire to Heat Controller Inc air handler?

I swapped out a 24v Honeywell Thermostat for a NEST Thermostat. I followed the Manufacturer instructions for install. Everything was working for a week or so. I recieved an error(pictured below) ...
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Need help adding a C wire for a wifi theromstat

With the increasing popularity of wifi thermostats I know this question has been asked many times, however I'll ask it again fr my specific situation. How do I add a "C" wire to my existing air ...
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C wire for thermastat

I have a boiler system that uses 2 wires to the thermostat. I am going to buy a new thermostat that needs a C wire. There is a spare wire not being used and is not hooked up to anything. How can I ...
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How to add a 'c' wire common wire to this system

I have a galaxy cast iron gas boiler and i'm trying to determine where to attach the 'c' wire on the furnace for my new wifi thermostat. The cable is an 18/5 but is only using 2 of 5 wires currently. ...
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Adding a C wire to a new Honeywell WIfi Thermostat

I am trying to install a new Honeywell touchscreen WIFI thermostat and need to add a C wire to my terminal inside the furnace (using the help found at How can I add a "C" wire to my ...
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How can I add a C-wire to a Venstar T5800 thermostat?

I am trying to replace my existing thermostat. My old thermostat has: Rh, W (coming from the heating unit). Rc, Y, G (coming from the AC unit). On the Venstar T5800, I can map as follows: Rh+Rc ...
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Where is the C wire in this tangle of wires?

I have looked and searched, but still iffy where to connect the c wire coming from the thermostat. I appreciate any help.
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How do I identify the C terminal on my HVAC?

How do I identify the C terminal on an HVAC, furnace, or boiler? If the terminals don't have a screw labeled C what should I look for on the wiring diagram? What steps should I take if a wiring ...
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How to hook up C wire to Crown air handler

Sorry for the newbie question, but I would like to hook up a C wire so that I can get a Nest, Ecobee, etc. My current thermostat is just a regular battery operated Honeywell and looking at the ...
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Add a c-wire to 25+ year old Rheem furnace

I've looked at just about every post on adding a C-wire to power a WiFi thermostat but remain uncertain on how to proceed. The current installation on a Rheem RGAC-080A is two wire as here: XFMR - ...
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How to wire a C-wire from a humidifier to a Carrier furnace?

I need guidance on a wire. One wire connects the humidistat to HUM. Another wire should go from the humidifier to COM24Vac. My COM is taken as you see in the picture. Is it an issue to wire the second ...
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No electricity going to thermostat

Our old thermostat is working but I want to change to a new one (nest thermostat). I have two exact HVAC unit at home. I change one it works but when I change the second one it doesn't work because ...
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How many wires can be connected to the C terminal at the furnace?

I'd like install a new Wi-Fi thermostat. The old one didn't have a C-wire but luckily there is an unused wire on both sides (one coming out of the wall and one at the furnace not connected yet), so I ...
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New Thermostat Ecobee3 to Old Galaxy GG-75 boiler - Needs common wire

I would like to replace my old thermostat with a new Ecobee3 thermostat. HVAC system is a Slantfin Galaxy GG75 boiler - single zone. (No air conditioner.) Current set-up has only a red and white ...
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Need a furnace/air conditioner C wire, but can't make permanent modifications

I live in a rented apartment, so I can't do any permanent modifications to fix the problem. I have a basic WiFi thermostat that requires a C wire, and the heater/air conditioner is just old enough to ...
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Connection for C wire on Mastertrol Mark V zone control panel

I have spent hours searching the web for information on this 20+ year old zone control panel, which supports 3 zones of Heat and A/C. The thermostat I'm replacing (on Zone 3) connects to T4/T5/T6 as ...
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Where to add C wire on this air handler?

Thanks for helping me here. I am adding a new wifi thermostat to my system but need to add a C wire directly to the air handler (system is a First Co air handler with hot water boiler for heat and ...
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G to C trick not working for cooling. Honeywell RTH9080WF

My electric furnace has no c terminal. Furnace is heat & cool both. (Lennox Electric Fan coil Model CBS18-21-3P). I installed Honeywell RTH9080WF. I switched G to C on my thermostat and got the ...
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How can I wire my WIFI thermostat to control my millivolt fireplace?

I have a gas fireplace that has an millivolt on/off switch on my wall (and a remote that includes flame on/off, a countdown timer and a thermostatic flame control). I want to be able to program ...
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No C wire terminal on my electric plenum but there is on my furnace. How do I solve?

I had a brand new furnace installed recently but also now picked up a wifi thermostat. The problem I now encountered while installing the thermostat is that my system also has an electric plenum as ...
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Can I share “C” wire on two thermostats?

I am wiring a second thermostat right next to the original one. The new needs a C wire. Can I share it from the old one? Old: 8 wires, used to run heat pump (w/ heating and AC) and backup oil. Now ...
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I am installing a Honeywell RTH6580WF with a TACO SR504

The current installation does not have a C wire. So I have run an extra wire and am now confused as to where to connect it. There is a 24VAC connection and a common connection. Comments say that ...
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Can I use a ground instead of a dedicated C wire for a thermostat

My new wi-fi thermostat requires a common wire coming from the 24 volt transformer. Rather than running an additional wire can I ground the common side of the transformer to the building steel ( this ...
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Can I provide a secondary power source for my thermostat?

The thermostat at my home is set up with only the 24 power and return through the relay. I would like to add a 'smart' thermostat, however the line is fairly well buried in the wall/basement ceiling ...
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Installing a Wifi Honeywell Thermostat with a C wire [duplicate]

can someone please help me out here. I'm installing a Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat and this Thermostat requires a "C" Wire. Can someone please tell me by looking at the pictures attached if I have a "C" ...
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Where is my common wire on the unit?

I have 2 systems in my house, my heat is gas hot water radiator heating and A/C is a separate newer system. I'm trying to figure out if I can run a C wire off air handler from the A/C system to run ...
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Where do attach C wire on my boiler?

I need to add a C wire to use my wifi thermostat. I have a 2 wire thermostat now. There is a third wire in the wall which runs to the basement where it is cut off. I can easily extend it to the ...
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Where do I attach the C wire on my boiler? [duplicate]

My previous question mentioned an attachment which I forgot. But I now see no wat to include an attachment. So I will add this: The White-Rodgers 1361 zone valve has five terminals arranged Like ...
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Where should I connect the C wire in a Janitrol furnace?

I currently have a Honeywell Thermostat with 4 wires going to a Janitrol Furnace. I am trying to install a Honeywell WiFi Thermostat RTH6580WF and I'm missing my C wire. My bundle has 8 possible ...
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Help installing new thermostat

disclaimer, this is my first attempt at doing any type of electrical work, so apologies in advance for any wrong terminology :) I attempted to install a new Honeywell programmable thermostat. When I ...
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How can I add a C wire for a new WiFi thermostat?

I am adding a wifi thermostat and cannot get the c wire correct. My thermostat (old) has five wires, see pic the 5th wire is a yellow wire behind the unit that is cut. My unit looks like this ...
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Trying to figure out 'C' wire

I'm looking to upgrade my programmable thermostat to a wifi thermostat. I purchased a basic Honeywell wifi thermostat but upon installation could not find a 'C' wire. I started to investigate more ...
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HoneyWell Wifi Thermostat and C wire

I just bought the HoneyWell Wifi thermostat and so wanna use it. However my old Thermostat was battery powered and does not use the "C" wire. I opened up my panel and found that there were three ...
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HVAV no C terminal but available wires [duplicate]

Pretty common problem here but the posts I've seen are a little different. New Wi-Fi tstat, no C terminal at furnace but plenty of available wiring at both ends. Unlike others problems posted of ...
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WIFI thermostat no C wire

I hooked up a Honeywell WiFi thermostat last fall. There is no C wire in the furnace & the Honeywell rep suggested I wire up a small separate transformer with new wires going to the C and RC ...
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HVAC contactor sparks when AC kicks?

The HVAC and control board is a McQuay Mark IV. I'm not sure if I would like to try and fix this myself yet. Just trying to figure out the issue before deciding where to go. Here's the scenario: ...
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Need to know where to connect my C wire [duplicate]

I had the extra wire in the wires run from my thermostat to my A/C, but the old thermostat did not need the C wire, so it was cut and stuff on both ends. While installing the new thermostat I ...
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Do I have to run an extra wire all the way to my new thermostat, or just to the “router”?

I've got an older home (plaster walls) and an older furnace, It's a Peerless. My current thermostat is located on my main floor and only has 2 wires to it, red and white. I should mention that my ...