69 1800—03 RTH230B Programmable Electronic Thermostat Honeywell Operating Manual 1800

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The RTH230B programmable thermostat can be used to control:
a gas, fuel oil or electric furnace - 2 or 3 wires
a central air conditioner - 2 or 3 wires
a hot water system with or without pump - 2 wires
a millivolt system - 2 wires
a central heating and cooling system - 4 or 5 wires
Note: This thermostat is not compatible with heat pumps or multi-
stage systems.
System operating mode selection: heat, cool or off
Fan operating mode selection: automatic or on (continuous)
Programmable heating and cooling cycle lengths: 10, 12, 15, 20
or 30 minutes
Temperature display in °F or °C
Battery replacement indicator
5-2 programming including:
- Preprogrammed energy-saving schedule
- Early Start
- Temporary bypass
- Time display (12 h or 24 h)
Filter replacement indicator
2.1 Removing the Old Thermostat
Remove the old thermostat to access the wires.
Warning: If the old thermostat was mounted onto an electrical box,
it was probably powered by 120/240 volts. In this case, this thermo-
stat cannot be used.
Identify and label each wire (with the corresponding letter on
the wire terminal) and remove them from the terminals.
If necessary, strip the end of each wire (maximum of 1/4 inch).
Wrap the wires around a pencil to prevent
them from falling into the wall.
If the hole in the wall is too big, insulate it
using a non-flammable material in order to
avoid air draughts behind the thermostat.
2.2 Installing the New Baseplate
For a new installation, choose a location approximately 5 feet
(1.5 m) above the floor and on an inside wall. Avoid draughty
areas (top of staircase, air outlet, etc.), dead air spots (behind
doors), direct sunlight or areas near concealed pipes or chim-
Remove the thermostat faceplate.
Loosen the locking screw to separate the thermostat from its
baseplate (the screw cannot be completely removed).
Tilt the thermostat upwards.
Mark and bore the appropriate mounting holes (or use the
existing holes). Insert the plastic anchors.
Pass the wires through the opening of the baseplate and fix the
baseplate to the wall using the screws provided.
2.3 Connecting the Thermostat
The connection of the new thermostat should be similar to that of
the old thermostat; however, it can vary depending on the installa-
Note: The red jumper wire between the Rc and Rh terminals must
be removed in 2- or 5-wire installations. The jumper must be used in
3- or 4-wire installations if you wish to use the mode selector switch
for the fan.
1. Introduction
2. Installation
Programmable Electronic Thermostat
Installation and User Guide
Display Adjustment
System operating
mode selector Fan operating
mode selector
Rh Heating power supply
Rc Cooling power supply
W Heating signal
Y Cooling signal
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2.3.1 2-wire Heating
2.3.2 2-wire Cooling
2.3.3 3-wire Heating
2.3.4 3-wire Cooling
2.3.5 4-wire Heating and Cooling
2.3.6 5-wire Heating and Cooling
2.4 Setting J2 Jumper
The jumper defines the fan operation when the fan is placed in auto-
matic mode.
2.5 Installing the Batteries
Pull out the battery cover.
Install the batteries as shown. Observe the polarity.
Reinstall the battery cover. You will hear a clicking sound.
After the batteries are installed, the thermostat performs a series of
tests for approximately 5 seconds.
Afterwards, the screen displays the actual
temperature. It is normal that the displayed
temperature be higher than the ambient
temperature if you are holding the thermo-
stat. The thermostat will display the ambient temperature once it is
installed on the wall. By default, the setpoint is 70°F (21°C).
2.6 Completing the Installation
Once the baseplate and the batteries are installed, mount the
thermostat on the baseplate.
Secure the thermostat using the locking screw and install the
Apply power back to the system.
3.1 System Operating Mode
Use the selector switch to place the system in Heating
mode (HEAT) or Cooling mode (COOL), or to set the
system off.
Note: When you place the thermostat in Cooling mode, you might need to
wait up to five minutes before cooling can start. This is a safety feature for
the compressor. will flash on the screen until cooling can start again.
Heat relay
Cool relay
Fan relay
Heat relay
Cool relay
Fan relay
Heat relay
Cool relay
Fan relay
Fan relay
Cool relay
Heat relay
Use this setting if you have an electric furnace. In
this setting, when the fan is placed in automatic
mode, it works only when heating or cooling is
Use this setting if you have a gas or fuel oil fur-
nace. In this setting, when the fan is placed in
automatic mode, it works as follows:
When the thermostat is placed in cool mode,
the fan works only when cooling is activated.
When the thermostat is placed in heat mode,
the fan is controlled by the furnace fan control
3. Basic Functions
J2 jumper
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3.2 Fan Operating Mode
Use the selector switch to set the fan to automatic
mode (AUTO) or continuous mode (ON).
Note: This switch is not used if you have a 2-wire
installation as the fan is not connected to the thermo-
3.3 Displaying the Temperature
The actual temperature is normally displayed. To view the setpoint,
press once on one of the buttons. The setpoint is displayed for
5 seconds along with the icon.
Note: Pressing either of the buttons more than once will
change the setpoint.
3.4 Setting the Temperature
Press one of the buttons until the desired temperature is dis-
3.5 Thermostat Control Mode
3.5.1 Manual/Permanent Hold Mode
Maintains the temperature at a fixed setpoint. To place the thermo-
stat in this mode, press [ Mode ]. The house icon will disappear.
3.5.2 Programmable Mode
Maintains the temperature according to the energy-saving sched-
ule. To place the thermostat in this mode, press [ Mode ]. The cur-
rent period will be displayed. The four possible periods are:
To see the default settings of each period, see section 5.2.
Temporary Bypass
If you modify the temperature (using the buttons) when the
thermostat is in programmable mode, the new temperature will be
used for the next 2 hours. The house icon flashes during the
bypass. At the end of the bypass period, the thermostat returns to
the temperature settings of the period currently underway.
3.6 Filter Replacement Indicator
After 500 hours of operation, an icon appears to indi-
cate that the filter needs replacement. Once the filter
is replaced, press [Filter] for 3 seconds to remove
the icon and reset the counter.
3.7 Battery Replacement Indicator
An icon appears when the batteries need replacement.
This icon will flash for 120 days, then the thermostat
will cut power to the heating/cooling unit. The icon dis-
appears once the batteries are replaced.
After replacing the batteries, readjust the time and day (see section
5.1). However, the temperature and program settings are saved and
do not need to be re-entered.
Warning: Before removing the batteries, place the
system switch on the thermostat to Off. Otherwise, the
heating/cooling unit might still be running even after
the batteries are removed.
To access the configuration menu, press both buttons
simultaneously for 3 seconds.
To go to the next parameter (menu item), briefly press both
buttons simultaneously.
To modify a parameter, press one of the buttons.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 if necessary.
Press both buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds to exit
the configuration menu.
5.1 Setting the Time and Day
Press [ Clk ]. The hour flashes.
Set the hour using .
Press [ Clk ]. The minutes flash.
Set the minutes using .
Press [ Clk ]. The day flashes.
Set the day using .
Press [ Exit ] to exit.
If you have an electric furnace (see section 2.4), the fan
works only when heating or cooling is activated.
If you have a gas or fuel oil furnace (see section 2.4), the fan
works as follows:
When the thermostat is placed in cool mode, the fan
works only when cooling is activated.
When the thermostat is placed in heat mode, the fan is
controlled by the furnace fan control circuitry.
ON The fan is always on.
Wake up Leave for work Return home Sleep
4. Configuration Menu
Temperature display °F °C or °F
Time display 12 h 12 h or 24 h
Early Start 1Off On or Off
Heating cycles per hour 242, 3, 4, 5 or 6 3
Cooling cycles per hour 242, 3, 4, 5 or 6 4
1 When Early Start is On, the thermostat determines when to start heating
or cooling so that the desired temperature is reached at the set time.
2 When either the heating or cooling parameter is displayed, use the sys-
tem mode selector switch to alternate between the two parameters.
3 For optimal heating control, use the setting that matches your system as
follows: 2=30 min (steam, gravity), 3=20 min (hot water, 90%+ high-effi-
ciency furnace), 4=15 min (gas or oil), 5=12 min (alternate setting for gas
or oil), 6=10 min (electric).
4 The corresponding cooling cycle lengths are as follows: 2=30 min,
3=20 min, 4=15 min, 5=12 min, 6=10 min
5. Programming
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5.2 Energy-saving Schedule
Your thermostat is preprogrammed with an energy-saving schedule.
The schedule automatically controls your heating or cooling system
by switching from one setpoint to the next according to the preset
To use the schedule, place the thermostat in programmable mode.
5.3 Modifying the Schedule
You can program up to 4 periods per day, each period having its
own temperature settings. The same program is repeated daily from
Monday through Friday and another program is used for Saturday
and Sunday. For each period, you can set the start time, the heating
setpoint and the cooling setpoint.
Note: If you wish to use only 2 periods, set periods “1 and 4” or
periods “2 and 3”. Early Start will not work if you set periods “1 and
2” or periods “3 and 4”.
Press [ Pgm ]. The settings for period 1 are displayed.
Note: During programming, to skip a period, press [ CLR ] while
the period is displayed. For example, in the predefined energy-sav-
ing schedule, periods 2 and 3 have been skipped for Saturday and
Select the program using the [ Day ] button (MO TU WE TH FR
appears when the Monday-Friday program is selected or SA
SU appears when the Saturday/Sunday program is selected).
Press for 3 seconds to select all 7 days.
Set the time (in increments of 15 minutes) using the but-
Press [ P# ]. The heating or cooling setpoint
flashes depending on the position of the Heat/
Cool selector.
Set the desired temperature for the displayed
period using the buttons.
Use the Heat/Cool selector to switch to the other mode (e.g., if
you were in Heating mode, switch to Cooling mode). The set-
point for that mode flashes.
Set the desired temperature using the buttons.
Press [ P# ] to go to the next period.
Repeat steps 2 to 8 for each of the remaining periods.
Press [ Exit ] to exit.
To use the schedule, place the thermostat in programmable mode.
Power supply: 2 AA batteries
Maximum load: 1 A @ 24 Vca per output
Setpoint range (heating): 41 to 82°F (5 to 28°C)
Setpoint range (cooling): 59 to 95°F (15 to 35°C)
Display range: 23 to 122°F (-5 to 50°C)
Storage temperature: -2 to 122°F (-20 to 50°C)
Temperature display resolution: 1°F (0.5°C)
Accuracy: ± 1°F (0.5°C)
Heating/cooling cycle lengths: 10, 12, 15, 20 or 30 minutes (programmable)
Compressor short-cycle protection (minimum off time): 5 minutes
Data memory: non-volatile
Dimensions: 5 in. x 3 in. x 1 in. (127 mm x 75 mm x 28 mm)
Honeywell warrants this product, excluding battery, to be free from defects in
the workmanship or materials, under normal use and service, for a period of
one (1) year from the date of purchase by the consumer. If at any time dur-
ing the warranty period the product is determined to be defective or malfunc-
tions, Honeywell shall repair or replace it (at Honeywell's option).
If the product is defective,
(i) return it, with a bill of sale or other dated proof of purchase, to the place
from which you purchased it, or
(ii) call Honeywell Customer Care at 1-800-468-1502. Customer Care will
make the determination whether the product should be returned to the
following address: Honeywell Return Goods, Dock 4 MN10-3860,
1885 Douglas Dr N, Golden Valley, MN 55422, or whether a replace-
ment product can be sent to you.
This warranty does not cover removal or reinstallation costs. This warranty
shall not apply if it is shown by Honeywell that the defect or malfunction was
caused by damage which occurred while the product was in the possession
of a consumer.
Honeywell's sole responsibility shall be to repair or replace the product
within the terms stated above. HONEYWELL SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR
not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages,
so this limitation may not apply to you.
ONE-YEAR DURATION OF THIS WARRANTY. Some states do not allow
limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation
may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights
which vary from state to state.
If you have any questions concerning this warranty, please write Honeywell
Customer Relations, 1985 Douglas Dr, Golden Valley, MN 55422 or call 1-
800-468-1502. In Canada, write Retail Products ON15-02H, Honeywell Lim-
ited/Honeywell Limitée, 35 Dynamic Drive, Toronto, Ontario M1V4Z9.
If you have any questions about the operation of your thermostat, please go
to www.honeywell.com/yourhome, or call Honeywell Customer Care toll-
free at 1-800-468-1502.
Default schedule settings Monday
to Friday
& Sunday
Heating 70°F (21°C)
6:00 a.m. 6:00 a.m.
Cooling 78°F (25.5°C)
Heating 62°F (16.5°C)
8:00 a.m. --
Cooling 85°F (29.5°C)
Heating 70°F (21°C)
6:00 p.m. --
Cooling 78°F (25.5°C)
Heating 62°F (16.5°C)
10:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Cooling 82°F (28°C)
Period start time
Program days
Period number
6. Technical Specifications
7. Warranty
8. Customer Assistance
Printed in U.S.A.

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