Honeywell RTH2300 Thermostat Installation Instructions

Honeywell RTH2300 Thermostat Installation Instructions
Honeywell RTH2300 Thermostat Installation Instructions

We are living in a modular home that still has the original thermostat.  The place isn’t insulated very well and the summer has been hot so we have been getting some big electric bills because of our air conditioning.  I felt it was time to put a programmable thermostat on this furnace and if you want to know how to do it, follow along for Honeywell RTH2300 thermostat installation instructions…

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Honeywell RTH2300 Thermostat Installation Instructions

Step 1: Turn off your furnace and AC Condenser.

There possibly could be a switch to turn off your furnace on the furnace but mine does not have that.  Hopefully your electrical panel is labeled like ours is:

Electrical Panel Labeled for furnace and condenser
Turn off the furnace and condenser unit

I have wired a thermostat without shutting off the furnace.  There is 24 VAC on some of those wires, which will not hurt you at all, but you do risk damaging your furnace electronics if you touch the two wires together so I highly recommend taking the time to shut off the power before proceeding.

Step 2: Open up the thermostat.

Here is the original Evcon thermostat that will be replaced:

Evcon Thermostat
Evcon Thermostat

Step 2a: Remove the outer faceplate.

With your fingertips grasp the cover and pull straight out:

Removing Evcon Thermostat Cover
Pull out on the outer shell to pop off the cover

The model information off the back of the cover:

Back of Evcon Thermostat Model Information
Evcon Thermostat Model Information: 7670-368/A 65A-753-662

Step 2b: Remove the inner cover.

There are five flat-head screws visible from the inner cover.  Three of them are to connect the cover to the back and the other two are mounting screws.  The three that connect the cover to the back actually are making the electrical connections between the thermostat electronics and the wiring on the back plate.  You will want to remove all five screws at this point:

Diagram of the Evcon Thermostat Screws
Here is which screws do what on the Evcon thermostat

When you have those screws removed it will come off the wall and the inner panel will come off revealing the wiring connections:

Evcon Thermostat inner panel removed
With the 5 screws removed the inner panel will come off

Step 3: Label the wiring.

Now in my example you will see why it is important to label the wiring connections–because the colors may not be correct.  Here are the labels that are important for this thermostat:

Wiring connections on Evcon Thermostat
Note the connections that each wire is connected to

Note that the blue wire connects to the Y terminal, but it’s a BLUE wire, not a yellow wire.  The RH (Red Heat) connects to a red wire, the green wire connects to G, and the white wire connects to W.  Use the labels that came with your thermostat like I did OR use some masking tape and a sharpie to label what connection the wire is connected to on the thermostat:

Thermostat wires labeled
Label the connections the wires are connected to

Step 4: Disconnect the four wires from the thermostat.

Unscrew the screws connecting the four wires to the thermostat and pull them through the hole to free the thermostat body.

Evcon Thermostat Disconnected
The old Evcon Thermostat Removed

Step 5: Prep the wires for connecting to the new thermostat.

The new thermostat has a different method for connecting the wires so you are going to want to straighten the wires and trim them to approximately 3/16 inch as seen below:

Thermostat Wires Straightened and Trimmed
Trim and straighten the ends of the thermostat wires.

Step 6: Connect the wires to the thermostat mounting plate block.

Insert the wires into the corresponding connectors and tighten the set screw.  One thing to note is that the right two terminals are jumpered together, so you could connect the red wire to either side, with the jumper remaining in there:

Thermostat Wires Connected
Thermostat Wires Connected

Step 7: Set the furnace type on the thermostat.

Gas/oil furnace fan settings are different from electric furnaces so there is a select switch on this thermostat that must be selected.  If you are on propane, natural gas, or heating oil, slide the switch to the left.  If you have electric heat or a heat pump, slide the switch to the right:

Picture of switch to Set Gas/Oil or Electric/Heatpump
Set the switch to Gas/Oil or Electric/Heat pump

Step 8: Snap the thermostat into the mounting plate and test it out.

Before we get any further you should test out the thermostat to make sure it works.  You will need to snap the thermostat into the mounting plate to test it.  I already mounted it to the wall when I took these pictures but they will help you understand how to do it.

Step 8a: Snap the thermostat on the mounting plate:

To snap the thermostat body on the mounting plate, hook the top of the thermostat on first and then using the top like a hinge, rotate the bottom edge down and into place:

Diagram of how to begin to install the thermostat
The 2 tabs on the thermostat hook on and over the tabs on the mounting plate

Hook the top edge on the mounting plate:

Hooking the top of the thermostat onto the mounting plate
Hook the top edge on the mounting plate

Rotate the bottom edge down and on the mounting plate:

Honeywell RTH2300B Faceplate Install Step 3-illustrated
Rotate the bottom edge down and into the mounting plate

Don’t force it and you may need to lift slightly on the thermostat as you snap the bottom edge into place.  The contacts from the main thermostat are going into a connector on the mounting plate that connect them to the thermostat wires:

 

Thermostat snapped into place
Thermostat snapped into place

Step 8b: Test the thermostat.

Slide the mode switch to heat or cool to turn on your furnace.  This does not mean your furnace will come on.  If the current set temperature is already met it won’t come on.  You may need to use the up/down arrow buttons to change the temperature and then press the Hold button to keep it there and wait for the furnace to come on.  “Cold” or “Heat” may flash on the thermostat LCD screen for a bit before the furnace actually comes on and then it will stop flashing once the furnace comes on.  You can also test the fan switch by switching the fan to ON and see if the fan comes on.

Honeywell RTH2300B Mode and Fan Switches
Use these switches to test your thermostat

If your furnace works, then move on to step 8.  If it didn’t work then you should check your wiring connections–did you connect the correct wires to the right terminals on the thermostat mounting plate?  Did you forget to tighten one of the set screws down?

Step 9: Install the mounting plate on the wall.

I already showed you how to snap the thermostat on the mounting plate but the mounting plate hasn’t been mounted to the wall yet.  In my situation I wanted to orient the thermostat on the wall to cover the unpainted spot but you also must consider where the thermostat wire is coming out of the wall and how your mounting location can interfere with the wiring.  You don’t want the mounting plate to be smashing down the wire or the thermostat will not snap in correctly.

Step 9a: Unsnap the thermostat from the mounting plate.

If the thermostat is snapped into the mounting plate for testing then you need to remove it.  This thermostat is designed to unsnap from the bottom edge.  If the thermostat is not mounted to the wall then you’ll need to hold the mounting plate while pulling out on the bottom edge.  Here’s the view from the bottom of the thermostat:

Bottom View of thermostat where you pull to release it from the mounting plate
Pull the thermostat away from the base plate by the bottom edge

Step 9b: Mark where to drill the holes.

Hold the thermostat in place where you want it mounted and draw around the oval screw holes:

Marking the holes on the wall for drilling
Mark the oval screw holes

Step 9c: Drill a hole in the center of each oval.

For this installation, mounting the thermostat on drywall, you should drill a 3/16″ hole all the way through the drywall.  You are drilling holes for the wall anchor so the hole will be bigger than the actual screw.

Drill in the center of the oval hole markings.
Drill in the center of the oval hole markings.
Drilling the two holes
Drill the two holes
Holes drilled
Holes drilled

Step 9d: Install the wall anchors.

Insert them as far you can by hand:

Insert the wall anchors into the holes
Insert the wall anchors into the holes

Carefully tap them with a hammer until the lip is flush with the wall:

Tapping the anchors into the wall with a hammer
Tap the anchors into the wall
Wall anchors installed
Wall anchors installed

Step 9e: Secure the mounting plate to the wall.

Push the thermostat wire back into the wall as you push the mounting plate flush with the wall.  Then line up the mounting plate holes with the wall anchors:

Line up the mounting plate with the wall anchors
Line up the mounting plate with the wall anchors

Install the screws, adjusting the alignment of the mounting plate as you tighten each one down as their oval shape allows for small adjustment:

Install the two screws
Install the two screws
Mounting plate installed
Mounting plate installed

Step 10: Snap the thermostat on the mounting plate.

To snap the thermostat body on the mounting plate, hook the top of the thermostat on first and then using the top like a hinge, rotate the bottom edge down and into place:

Diagram of how to begin to install the thermostat
The 2 tabs on the thermostat hook on and over the tabs on the mounting plate

Hook the top edge on the mounting plate:

Hooking the top of the thermostat onto the mounting plate
Hook the top edge on the mounting plate

Rotate the bottom edge down and on the mounting plate:

Honeywell RTH2300B Faceplate Install Step 3-illustrated
Rotate the bottom edge down and into the mounting plate

Don’t force it and you may need to lift slightly on the thermostat as you snap the bottom edge into place.  The contacts from the main thermostat are going into a connector on the mounting plate that connect them to the thermostat wires:

Thermostat snapped into place
Thermostat snapped into place

Now you are done!  All you need to do at this point is program the thermostat.  If you want step-by-step instructions for programming this thermostat, I have you covered, check out my tutorial:

Honeywell Thermostat RTH2300 Programming Instructions

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  • Hi. I have the same setup. The old unit i thought might be bad because the sc unit would not shut off cool was turned on. I replaced with same digital unit as you. Wires all connected properly..all functions still the same way the old unit did. I have to manually turn off cool..it wont auto shut off when desired temp is reached. Im starting to think it’s the wiring from the actual ac unit itself. I live in a mobile home. The heat auto shuts off..but for some reason the old unit would not auto shutoff the ac and neither does the new digital unit. I figured i would start with the thermostat since i believe was the cheapest option. The AC unit is called mars. Any thoughts?

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