Let me tell you how to install a Ritetemp programmable thermostat the right way.
My wife’s been on a conservation kick lately so we picked up a few Ritetemp thermostats for the house. When we got home from Home Depot I removed the instructions for one and gave it a quick read to familiarize myself with them before starting. I wasn’t very happy as I read because there was all this stuff about not screwing up because if you do it could ruin your HVAC. That’s just great…
I went to work on the first unit and all went well. The instructions say you need a Phillips head and possibly a drill with a 3/16″ bit. That was a bit misleading. To do the job properly I needed:
- 3/16″ bit
- Small Phillips
- Straight slot
- Lineman Pliers (Needle-nose would work instead)
I was lucky that my wire colors corresponded to the letter codes so no labeling of wires was necessary. It was plug and play.
I used the drill and bit for new holes to secure the unit properly. The Ritetemp doesn’t need to be level, but I mounted them that way because any other way would look stupid. I used the lineman pliers to snip the extra exposed wire so I wouldn’t have to worry about crossing any connections.
The second unit didn’t go so well. I removed the old t-stat and there were 6 wires and none of the diagrams in the instructions matched up perfectly. I fiddled about trying different things in the instructions. Things like “If you have a B and O, DO NOT connect B to B, connect B to C”, “5 wire heat/cool with a C” and “use jumpers 1, 4, 7 and 8 if ….”. WTF?!?!
It didn’t work so I called the 800 number and about an hour later they called back. It turns out that since this HVAC unit was used by two thermostats I just hooked it up normally and I was to leave the jumpers where they were from the factory. The extra wires controlled the baffles for the third conditioned area of the house.
“Why isn’t this info in the instructions?” I asked.
“Because that would confuse too many people”, he answered.
“Oh, all right I guess.”
Just like the first two the third unit was plug and play.
Programming was easy and even comes with an Energy Star program built in, but our demands wouldn’t allow us to use it. You can even program one day and hit a “copy” button and it pastes the program into the next day.
So far so good and I’d recommend the units to anyone looking to do a little conserving.