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  • Any electricians here? Room thermostat quetsion.
  • Premier Icon imnotamused
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    I want to replace my existing mechanical room thermostat with a digital 5/2 programmable room thermostat.

    My current mechanical stat has three wires connected to it, live, neutral and earth. I have a combi boiler which has a 24hr timer control on it in addition to constant and off settings.

    Can I just replace this mechanical stat with a digital programmable one or am I missing a Switch Live, therefore needing the services of an electricial?

    Sorry for the dull question!

    Premier Icon roundwheels
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    no your not missing a sw live you are missing a neutral. don’t be fool by the colors of the cable you will need to run a three core and earth back to were your cable comes from. the old thermostat is a switch but the new one has a relay in it for the switch to work it gives it better control

    Premier Icon imnotamused
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    Ok. Are these existing wires likely to come from my boiler or my consumer unit do you know?

    Premier Icon roundwheels
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    the cable will go back to the boiler or a joint box beside the boiler

    Premier Icon snaps
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    They would come from the boiler because that is what is switched on & off by the stat unless you have an additional controller in between (some Potterton boilers do)

    Premier Icon imnotamused
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    Ok, I can see those wires now. This is probably a job for a spark but thanks for your help, it’s good to know what’s involved though.

    Premier Icon roundwheels
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    you in edinburgh ?

    Premier Icon imnotamused
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    nope, near leeds

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