I am wiring up a new thermostat for an old boiler, and the thermostat I am using needs a common wire (Proliphix NT130h -- I wanted an
NT1X0e series, which use PoE and don't need
C, but they are no longer available).
The system uses a Honeywell "aquastat" controller that has an integrated transformer hooked up to
W, so there's no way to add a common
C to that transformer (short of what this guy did with taking apart the control unit and soldering a wire to the back of the board).
Luckily, I have an additional 24VAC transformer right next to the boiler that I can use (it was meant to be used to power the thermostat for an air conditioning unit, but that unit was never installed, only the thermostat power and wires.
I know that I can theoretically use that transformer to power the thermostat by hooking it up to
C. However, the installation manual notes that
C must be in phase with
Rh, which is not the case in my installation which has
C in phase with
Since I don't think it will work to use only a single wire from the transformer (even though the manual says "in phase", I assume that it actually means "complete circuit"), I am trying to figure out another way to do this.
What I would like to do is hook up the heat through a relay.
That way, I can send power to the thermostat without needing separate
Rc (in fact, since there is no AC, without needing
Rc at all).
As I envision it, when the thermostat calls for heat, it will connect
W which will connect the trigger side of the relay, which will close the circuit on the heater wires that used to go to
I have two concerns:
- Is there any special relay I need, or will anything I find designed for low voltage work?
- Do I need to worry that either side of the relay won't have enough of a load on it, possibly causing the equivalent of a short circuit on either of the transformers?