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Rick Patterson

12:08PM | 02/02/99
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I am trying to install Sear# 42-91861 thermostat to a Lennox Gas Furnace. The Therm. has a 5 wire max. my furnace has 6 wires. I got the heat working vis trial & error. I did burn up the coil in the process. I can't do the same with AC until it gets warmer & then what about the 6th wire. The color codes don't seem to match. Now what? Any ideas. I'm trying to save money!!

TomR

01:39PM | 02/02/99
Rick:

Is your unit truly gas, or a heat pump with a gas backup. Usually, 6 wires is an indication of one of three possibilities; a heat pump, multistage, or you have extra set of wires for the clock. Based on the fact that you have no matching wire colors, I would say you do not have a compatible thermostat: If you have a pure gas furnace, then it is a multistage, and although you have the heat working, only one stage is probably operational. Of course, this is all speculation, but I strongly believe the thermostat you purchased will not function properly in the long run. You fried the transformer already, with a/c you might toast the circuit board, a much more costly item.

I just installed the same thermostat type, albeit a Honeywell make. The instruction booklet confirmed what I just wrote, that the 5-wire unit cannot operate a 6-wire heat-a/c system. In your instruction booklet there should be a 1-800 number to check compatibility. If not, return yours, and call Honeywell at 1-800-468-1502, and they can give you the right model number. I had a variation on my system, which warranted a call, and they were very helpful. Sears also sells Honeywell thermostats, and besides, Honeywell probably made your Sears version in the first place.

Good luck.

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