Nest tries to make their installation process as easy as possible, but not everyone has experience installing appliances directly into a home’s electric system. But before you go and get a professional electrician involved, as long as you make sure to turn off the proper breaker to your thermostat, it should be fairly safe to at least give it a try yourself. This brings us to step one:
Switch Off the Thermostat Power
Most people know where their circuit breaker is inside their house. If you don’t know, then a quick Google search and a look around your home should point you in the right direction. Once you’ve located your circuit breaker, you’re going to need to locate the switch that turns power to your thermostat off. Sometimes each switch will be labeled with which area it controls, but if not, a little trial and error will work. To figure out which switch you need off, turn each switch off one at a time, if you thermostat turns off then you know that’s the correct switch. Don’t move on to the next step without turning off the power to your thermostat.
Remove Your Old Thermostat
Before you remove your old thermostat out of the wall, you’re going to want to first remove only the face plate. Underneath there should some wires going into different ports. These ports should be labeled with different letters or numbers. You’re going to want to take a picture of these wires and which ports where they are connected to. It’s probably a good idea to take it a step farther and label each individual wire with their respective port with the labels in the Nest packaging, or if you want, a piece of tape and a marker.
Once you have everything labeled you can now remove all of the wires from their ports and completely remove the old thermostat. You should be able to remove your old thermostats mount by unscrewing the two mounting screws.
Mounting Your Nest
Now it’s time to start installing you’re Nest thermostat. First thing you’ll want to do is level and mark your base plate. To do this, just run the wires through the center of the base plate so that it’s centered flush against the wall and use the tiny bubble level embedded inside and turn the base plate until the bubble is in the center. Once you find the center, trace the top and bottom mounting holes with a pencil.
Since the Nest thermostat is smaller than most thermostats, it comes with an optional Nest wall plate that goes under the base plate to hide the holes made by the old thermostat. Simply attach the trim plat to the base plate.
Now you can align your Nest wall plate to the pencil marks you made earlier and start screwing it in. Start with the top screw, but don’t tighten it all the way until you make sure that it’s completely level.
Connecting the Wires
Now that you have the base plate level and screwed into the wall you can start connecting the wires into their labeled connector. Each section of exposed wire at the end should be straight, if not, you’ll need to trim and re-strip the wire so that 3/8ths of an inch or 10 millimeters is exposed.
Holding down the connector button, simply push the wire all the way in. Make sure that the connector button stays down after you’ve inserted each wire. Otherwise, you’re Nest thermostat may not get enough power and you won’t be able to finish setup. Only connect one wire to each port and don’t connect any wires that weren’t connected to your old thermostat. Once you have all if the wires connected, push the wires in so that they are flush with the wall.
Face Plate Connection & Setup
While holding the face plate so that the Nest logo is at the top, push it on to the base until you hear a click. Now you can turn the breaker back on and your Nest thermostat should power on. Connect your Nest to your WiFi network and follow the on screen instructions.
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