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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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How can I add a “C” wire to my thermostat?

So, the spiffy new wi-fi thermostats want power on the C wire from thermostat, but the old thermostat doesn't have a C wire at it. What's the easiest way to add the C wire/24 volt to the thermostat ...
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Why is my Nest thermostat not working with A/C?

I installed Nest thermostat a few weeks ago, replacing an old Lux programmable thermostat (there was nothing wrong with it). I connected 4 wires (R,W,Y and G) to the Nest. But as soon as I'd ...
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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 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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Adding a C wire to older 3 wire

How do I use the green wire as a C wire as suggested in most installation instructions for the newer wi-fi thermostats? They all reference terminal strips at the furnace, all I have is the 3 wire ...
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Is voltage too high in C wire going to thermostat?

I've managed to add a C wire to my thermostat. I then decided to check the voltage between the R and C wires, and find that it read as 27.8 volts, not the 24 volts it was supposed to be. Could this ...
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How can I connect a WIFI thermostat to a Honeywell R845A switching relay?

I'm trying to install a wifi thermostat and it won't power up. The old thermo was battery operated 2 wire but there were spare wires. At the R845A relay, red and white whites connect to terminals 5 ...
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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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Adding a C (common) wire to my Goodman (Janitrol) furnace

I have a Goodman Janitrol furnace and I am needing to add a C (common) wire, for the newer thermostats. I would like to avoid the substituting G for C, and just run an additional wire. I have read ...
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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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Where do I connect my C wire from my thermostat when there are two transformers?

I have a Laars gas boiler that has 3 heating zones. I want to replace the old mercury honeywell tstat on the 1st floor (heat only) with a newer honeywell RTH9580 wifi model. I've taken pictures of my ...
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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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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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Can I piggyback a thermostat with a C Wire hookup on a furnace?

I'm trying to install a new thermostat that needs a C wire hookup. There are currently 4 wires running from the thermostat to the furnace, none of them are a c wire. When I look at my furnace itself ...
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C wire thermostat assistance

I am trying to install a new wifi stat. The wiring seems to all be there but apparently not connected correctly. So far I have tried using the green wire from the furnace, the blue and the white from ...
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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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How to add C-wire from Laars mini-term

Folks, I am having problems connecting my Nest thermostat to a boiler. Given Laars Mini-term JVS series with Temperature Control PCB Module (pictured below) When I short Com call and Heat call wires ...
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Nest Thermostat Wiring for Baseboard Heaters

I'm using a Nest Thermostat to power baseboard heaters (240VAC). I have 4 wires that I have access to: 2 wires: Red/Black from a transformer which outputs 24VAC 2 wires: 24VAC from a thermostat ...
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Can I use an unused wire as a “C” wire?

I just bought a new thermostat that is Wi-Fi enabled and it requires connection to a "C" wire. The old thermostat does not have one running to it, but there are other unused wires. The thermostat ...
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Can't find HVAC C terminal

Could any of these be the c terminal on my hvac unit? There's already a c wire there, just can't figure out where to connect it.
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Can I use a separate 24V transformer with an Ecobee 3 and an Aube relay?

I've purchased an Ecobee 3 Lite smart thermostat which requires 3.5 VA to operate but I'm using an Aube RC840T-240 electric heating relay with 24 V transformer which only provides 1.2 VA. Can I ...
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Can I use the unused blue wire as a C wire?

I'm installing a wifi-capable thermostat in my house which for obvious reasons requires a C wire. The old school mercury thermostat I'm replacing didnt have a C wire connected but I've checked the ...
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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 connect an additional wire to HVAC system where all the terminals are full?

I'm installing a new thermostat (ecobee Smart Si) and it requires "C" wire. I checked before I bought, and saw an unused blue wire behind my current thermostat. However after connecting everything the ...
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How do I connect a C wire to an Utica PEG112CDE steam boiler?

I want to upgrade my old mercury thermostat that I currently have to a newer programmable thermostat. This little DIY project is for my first late 1920's home that I recently purchased. I currently ...
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How do I install a WiFi thermostat with a Well-McLain steam boiler?

I have a Weil-Mclain 150000 BTU steam boiler, and have only 2 wires connected to my thermostat, but would like to add a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat. I have no C wire, no A/C, or any other type of ...
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How can I use a separate transformer to provide a C wire to my thermostat?

Update 02/02/2019 I appreciate all the responses and help but unfortunately i must have not seen the emails stating there were responses! I am now looking into a NEST thermostat and was curious if ...
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Apart from a thermostat, where else can a C-Wire go?

As part of the home work before buying a smart thermostat (yes, because of the standard C-Wire issue!), i noticed that my current old thermostat have only four wires (No C-Wire), but my furnace does ...
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“C” wire in wall! Where does it go in air handler/furnace?

Got a wifi thermostat. Behind the old thermostat was a blue "C" wire. The other side of the blue wire in the equipment room isn't plugged into anything. I need to get the 24v common hooked up to this ...
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How to add C wire to a very old 2-wire Lennox G16 Gas Furnace?

I recently bought a Sensi Thermostat with Wifi to replace my vintage one. I thought it would work with my 2-wire heat only system because it has batteries , but found out that using the Wifi feature ...
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Added a new 5th wire for my wi-fi thermostat, now where to connect it?

4 wires at thermostat: R G B W (red green blue white) 5 screws at furnace: G C W Y R Single-stage gas furnace with A/C unit The home's previous owners kind of did everything in a very make-shift way. ...
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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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Installing of Honeywell Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat

I need to install new wifi thermostat but I don't have the C wire. There are G, W, Y and R wires attached to my old thermostat. There is also one blue wire not connected on the wall.
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Can you terminate more than one common on the furnace C terminal?

TL;DR: Can you terminate more than one common on the furnace C terminal? Background: I've linked a diagram of how my non-programmable thermostat is currently hooked up. I want to replace it with a ...
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No C terminal on furnace to connect a wifi thermostat

I have an new Emerson thermostat and would like to connect a c wire so it always has power. I have an extra wire that's not being used, but I don't have a C wire terminal on my furnace. I'm wondering ...
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C-Wire identification

I am interested in replacing an older thermostat with a modern networked 'smart' thermostat \ humidity monitor. That being said, does the photographed thermostat have a C-wire? The thermostat ...
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Nest, Blue Wire, W1 and W2

I just got a Nest E thermostat and I'm trying to hook it up. There is a blue wire that I had assumed was the "C" wire, but looking at the furnace, it doesn't look like that's the case, as the blue ...
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Nest E Thermostat Power

My thermostat is in the basement, connected to a Honeywell R845A to run a circulating pump for heat. I bought an Nest E for the main house and it works great. I want to replace the thermostat in the ...
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Setting up an ecobee and need to adjust HVAC wiring

My HVAC control board has two bundles of wires. One has 5 wires which runs to the thermostat but the 5th wire which I want to use as C is currently unused. The second set runs to the unit outside (...
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Install New Lyric T5 on second AC, first one went great, this ones confusing, help!

Ive got 2 thermostats hooked up to 2 heat pump style AC units at my house. Over the weekend I impressed myself and installed a Lyric thermostat to replace a broken thermostat (on the inside of my ...
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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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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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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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Connecting Common Wire from thermostat to Air Handler

My apartment has a central heating/cooling HVAC system consisting of a gas-fired hot water heater which feeds hot water to a First Co air handler for heating, and a rooftop compressor which feeds ...
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How to fish thermostat cable using an existing cable

So I have an existing thermostat cable on my 2nd floor that only has 4 wires, and I need a 5th wire to use as the common wire. Can I use the existing cable to fish or guide a new 6 wire cable through ...
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Nest thermostat to Kelvinator furnace

My old thermostat had 4 wires. I replaced with a Nest thermostat. At times the AC condenser is running but the furnace blower is not running. Found other with this and they said need to add common ...
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No C (Common) terminal on Furnace.

I am trying to hook up a new wi-fi thermostat. I currently have 4 wires running, but there are many unsued that are terminated in the jacket of the wire. No issues there. However, when I ...
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Where to connect c wire

I’m installing a new WiFi thermostat that needs the c wire. I ended up running new thermostat wires that contained the common wire but now I’m stuck on where to connect it to the furnace. Can ...
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How should I hook up my WiFi thermostat given my current wiring situation?

I've upgraded a few thermostats before, and they have been quite straightforward; i.e. take pictures and connect the wires as the the original. However, this is my first attempt at a "smart" WiFi-...
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Help wiring a Nest thermostat in an unusual situation

The attached picture shows my current wiring. Notice there are two thermostats. The top one (Carrier, with four conductors) controls hot air heating. The bottom one (with two conductors, old mercurty ...