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Questions tagged [thermostat-c-wire]

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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Honeywell WiFi thermostat newly installed--not working

I just replaced a 2 wire thermostat with a wifi one that required a c wire. There was an unused blue wire which I attached to the C connector on the transformer at the furnace. At the thermostat, the ...
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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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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 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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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? [duplicate]

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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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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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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Need help adding a C wire for a wifi thermostat

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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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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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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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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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 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 boiler....
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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 implement an unused wire as a C wire for my thermostat?

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 it is not hooked up to anything. How can I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Where is my Common Wire? [duplicate]

I purchased a wifi thermostat and cannot located the common wire. My unit is old and is a Coleman 70 with no terminals inside labeling the wires. As you can see in the second image, there is a blue ...
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How can I tell if I have a C wire?

Below is a photo of my current thermostat's wiring. I have a few questions: Why is the RC and RH are bridged with a black wire? I have an unused blue wire. Is there a way to find its function? Could ...
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Can I connect two wires to a single screw terminal in my HVAC system?

I am installing a new honeywell WiFi thermostat but the old battery operated thermostat had batteries and no "C" wire. I look at both the thermostat and the air handler and found an extra un-used blue ...
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Trane XV80 missing “C” wire at thermostat

I have a Trane XV80 with a 2 stage motor. I'm replacing a Trane TCONT803AS32DAA thermostat with a Honeywell wifi thermostat thinking it would be an easy switch out. However, the older thermostat had ...
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C terminal / Wifi thermostat [duplicate]

I'm using a blue wire as a c-wire, however when I went to connect the blue wire at the furnace, it already had a white wire ( not from a thermostat) corrected to the c-terminal. Can / wires be ...
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How can I add a C wire with this unusual installation?

I recently got a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat, which requires a C-wire. I have 5-wires going to my current thermostat, with only 4 being used. So I thought adding the 5th as my C-wire was going to ...
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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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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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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 issue so ...
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Adding a C/Common wire to HVAC system

So I'm looking for some help in identifying where I can attach a C/Common Wire to my HVAC system, but unfortunately my system doesn't have a control board that I can easily attach a powerkit to. For ...
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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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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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Is it possible to add a “C” wire to my electric heater?

I bought a Wifi Thermostat but my old thermostat did not have a Common Wire. I can't use any of the swapping the G for the C solutions because I have an electric heater. I was told by Honeywell that I ...
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Is it okay for wires at the C terminal to touch?

I just purchased the Honeywell wifi thermostat but my existing thermostat does not have a C wire. So the instructions given suggest using the G wire as the C wire and at the furnace to move the G ...
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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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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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How can I tell if C wire is active and connected to Thermostats?

We are trying to install a smart thermostat (Ecobee 3) so we are in need of a C wire from our boiler. We see a green wire in the wall, but it's not connected to our thermostat currently since it ...
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How to add a C wire to an old Lennox system

I'm trying to utilize a spare wire as my C wire for my new thermostat. A lot of what I've read online assumes you have these simple, lettered terminals in your furnace. However, that's not the case in ...
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Adding Venstar Add-a-wire to HVAC

I want to add 5th wire to my HVAC control with the Add-a-wire gizmo. Conceptually I understand their instruction diagram, but not completely when it comes to my HVAC layout. The HVAC is single stage ...
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How to add “C” wire using a/c fan wire?

Honeywell has a video that shows how to use the fan wire ("G") of the cooling system as the "C" wire for the thermostat. It is in the video - "Honeywell DIY wifi...substitute g-wire for c-wire" on ...
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Can I use the T terminal in my furnace as the C for a Wifi Thermostat?

I've read many posts on this, and believe I know what to do, but want to make sure. My furnace (a Lennox G14 Series) does not have a C terminal which needs to be connected to the C terminal in my new ...
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My attic unit already has a wire connected to C, can I still connect a wifi thermostat? [duplicate]

I have an extra wire I can use for the C wire on both ends but in my attic the main unit has a wire already attached to the C spot and going away from the unit to something else. Can I attach two ...
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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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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 ...