Launching our new thermostats has been an adventure, to say the least. We’re learning a lot about a new industry, but also bringing our unique expertise to usher in new improvements. One of the most common questions we get is how a customer can tell if their HVAC system is compatible with our thermostats.
To begin with, Orbit thermostats are currently compatible with single stage heating and cooling systems. This tends to be the most common setup in most homes in North America. But how do you know if that’s what you’ve got in your home?
Thermostats tend to have a lot of wires with hard to understand names. But here’s a simple chart that will help you tell if your HVAC system will work with our thermostats:
Notice that if your system has a Y2 or W2 wire, then that indicated Orbit thermostats will not work with your system.
Similarly, systems with heat pumps, there are some wires that will indicate compatibility problems:
The L, F, E and Aux wires signal incompatibility.
With each thermostat, there are also certain wires (listed in the diagrams above) where you should consult a professional HVAC technician. Most of our customers, however, are able to install our thermostats without problems. As always, if you have any questions, please contact us and we’re be happy to help.