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“Outdoor Reset Control Installation Cost?”

by Prince Of Petworth January 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm 3 Comments

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“I’m wondering if anyone has had an outdoor reset control installed for their boiler and what the range of quotes were for you. Some places want to charge $75 just to give a quote, which I refuse to do. It looks like my boiler takes a Honeywell Aquareset kit, which costs about $200 online so I’m wondering what a fair installation price would be.

If you’ve had a smart thermostate installed, I’d love to hear what that cost you as well. I know it’s possible to DIY those, but I figured I may not want to take any chances in the cold of winter.”

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  • The DC Sustainable Energy Utility offers a rebate of $250 on outdoor reset controls as well as a $100 rebate on qualifying smart thermostats: https://www.dcseu.com/for-my-home/heating-and-cooling-your-home/thermostats-and-controls

  • AnonV2

    It’s definitely DIY. You just need to determine a spot for the wire to run through the wall and a place to put the sensor. There are a couple of placement considerations (don’t put it near any exhaust or lighting fixture which may cause false temp readings), but all of that should be covered in the documentation. After it’s in place it should just be a matter of plugging the wiring harness into your boiler. Again, the documentation will tell you if any steps are needed to re-calibrate the furnace (my guess is that it would be plug-and-play, though). I’d buy the kit, read through everything, and then if you don’t feel confident call someone to do the install. No $75 quote fee, just “I have this part, I just want to pay for install labor”

    • dunning-kruger

      Solid advice.

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