Something is very messed up!

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Something is very messed up!

Postby nemthedream » Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:28 pm

Ok, so about 6 months ago I installed a new automatic thermostat and it ended up being the wrong type and was not able to control the aux heat. I then bought a new one that was compatible and worked throughout the winter and did very well at keeping the house warm when I need it. However, when I looked at my bill that is usually around $170 in the summer and had been $270 with the dumb thermostat last year in January and February, it jumped to $400. The only thing that changed was that I installed a new thermostat that I thought would save me money and I did put a filter in the large return in the house as well as inside the unit under my house. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

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Postby 4ftBanger » Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:54 pm

It sounds like the new thermostat is calling the electric heat on with every call for heat - Most newer thermostats are compatible with many different systems and have different wiring configurations and settings for each different application. You could have a wiring mistake or something set up incorrectly in the installer settings on the new thermostat.
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Postby nemthedream » Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:44 pm

I did a little looking around and I found out that the outside unit is a Trane XR13. The air handler under the house is a Trane also and has a model# ofTWE031E13FB2 which I cannot find on their website. The thermostat that I bought is a Honeywell RTH6350. I think I have messed up the programming of the thermostat, the instructions are located here *-*://customer.honeywell.com/techlit/pdf/PackedLit/69-2416ES.**-*. The instructions start on page 14. If someone could look though those and let me know what I should have the settings at I would be indebted to you. I am horribly overwhelmed by this.


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Postby 4ftBanger » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:57 pm

Typically... If the wiring follows normal color coding.... you should have
a red wire connected to R
a yellow wire connected to Y
a white wire connected to W
a green wire connected to G
an orange wire connected to O

According to the manual you linked to your settings should -
1-07
2-0
3-1
5-9
6-9
8-9

The other settings are preference settings - F vs C and so on
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Postby nemthedream » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:07 pm

I am not sure what the last post is asking? Sorry....Thanks for the info on the setup though I went and changed them because I had set them up wrong on the majority. I had setting 1 as 5 and not 7...could that be the reason for the massive increase in kwh usage? Thanks much for the quick help. You all are the best.

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Postby 4ftBanger » Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:50 am

Yes. Absolutely was contributing to the problem. Setting 5 says Heat Pump WITH electric heat - meaning both come on at the same time - Setting 7 is for 2 stages (Heat Pump and Electric Heat) that work independently, not always together.
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Postby nemthedream » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:12 am

Again I cannot express how thankful I am for the help!
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Postby nemthedream » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:45 pm

Any ideas as to why now that i need cold air and the ac is on that it is pumping out warm air?!
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