The RTH230B programmable thermostat can be used to control:
• a gas, fuel oil or electric furnace - 2 or 3 wires
• a central air conditioner - 2 or 3 wires
• a hot water system with or without pump - 2 wires
• a millivolt system - 2 wires
• a central heating and cooling system - 4 or 5 wires
Note: These thermostats are not compatible with heat pumps or
• System operating mode selection: heat, cool or off
• Fan operating mode selection: automatic or on (continuous)
• Programmable heating and cooling cycle lengths: 10, 12, 15, 20
or 30 minutes
• Temperature display in °F or °C
• Battery replacement indicator
• 5-2 programming including:
- Preprogrammed energy-saving schedule
- Early Start
- Temporary bypass
- Time display (12 h or 24 h)
• Filter replacement indicator
2.1 Removing the Old Thermostat
IN ORDER TO AVOID ANY RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, CUT
POWER TO THE HEATING SYSTEM.
Remove the old thermostat to access the wires.
Warning: If the old thermostat was mounted onto an electrical box,
it was probably powered by 120/240 volts. In this case, this thermo-
stat cannot be used.
Identify and label each wire (with the corresponding letter on
the wire terminal) and remove them from the terminals.
If necessary, strip the end of each wire (maximum of 1/4 inch).
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Wrap the wires around a pencil to prevent
them from falling into the wall.
If the hole in the wall is too big, insulate it
using a non-flammable material in order to
avoid air draughts behind the thermostat.
2.2 Installing the New Baseplate
For a new installation, choose a location approximately 5 feet
(1.5 m) above the floor and on an inside wall. Avoid draughty
areas (top of staircase, air outlet, etc.), dead air spots (behind
doors), direct sunlight or areas near concealed pipes or chim-
Remove the thermostat faceplate.
Loosen the locking screw to separate the thermostat from its
baseplate (the screw cannot be completely removed).
Tilt the thermostat upwards.
Mark and bore the appropriate mounting holes (or use the
existing holes). Insert the plastic anchors.
Pass the wires through the opening of the baseplate and fix the
baseplate to the wall using the screws provided.
2.3 Connecting the Thermostat
The connection of the new thermostat should be similar to that of
the old thermostat; however, it can vary depending on the installa-
Note: The red jumper wire between the Rc and Rh terminals must
be removed in 2- or 5-wire installations. The jumper must be used in
3- or 4-wire installations if you wish to use the mode selector switch
for the fan.
Heating power supply
Cooling power supply