We moved into a new house. I installed a new Hunter Thermostat. I have a furnace only and the old thermostat only had 3 wires connected. SO I connected those three wires (G, RH and W/B). The heating system is working fine, except that when the heater is not engaged and I turn the fan switch to ON the fan does not come on. It will only come on when the furnace is on. Why can't I turn the fan on independently?


You haven't provided a whole lot of information, such as if the fan worked with the old thermostat. Regardless, I can help diagnose the problem.

The wires involved are:

  • R or Rh (possibly red) - 24V AC power
  • G (Possibly green) - Fan
  • W (Possibly white) - Heating call

Don't make any assumptions on wiring. You need to open the furnace, find where on the control board the thermostat wire is attached, and verify its wires are connected as you expect. If the wires look right, and your thermostat wiring matches, it's possible there is a break in the wire.

To check for a break in the wire, you can connect terminal R to G on the control board itself. I highly recommend turning the entire furnace power off while connect wires to the control board -- shorting something out can mean frying the board. If the fan powers up, then the board is good, and you need to find where the thermostat wire is damaged (or replace it entirely).

If the fan doesn't power up with the R and G terminals connected directly, then there is a problem with the control board itself, which most likely means replacing the board, unless you can diagnose and solve it yourself.

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  • This answer deserves a thousand upvotes. I had this same problem and upon the suggestion of @gregmac, chased the thermostat wire underneath the house til I found the site of very poor splice. A new thermostat wire was connected to an old thermostat wire and the fan wire had simply become disconnected while the other two remained attached. – Elliot B. May 14 '18 at 23:10

Switching the wire from W to G on both the thermostat and controller board allowed me to use the fan in the summer while disabling the heating call (W).

For the winter I'll switch it back since it's a heat-only unit. Otherwise an extra wire from G(thermostat) -> G(controller) would have been needed.

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