Installing the Nest 3rd generation learning thermostat

Meet the 3rd gen Nest Learning Thermostat. It’s slimmer and sleeker with a bigger, sharper display. And it saves energy. That’s the most beautiful part.

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  2. Note: I received a Nest Learning Thermostat for free from Comcast. This review reflects my honest opinions, findings, beliefs and experience.
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  4. Comcast's Xfinity home platform adds Nest, August, and more
    Comcast adds a bevy of hot, new companies to its staid smart home offering. Among them: Nest, Rachio (sprinklers), August (locks), and Lutron (lighting).
  5. I've wanted to get a Nest Learning Thermostat for a while now, but my wife, Carol, was concerned that the new thermostat was smaller than our existing thermostat, and it wouldn't look good after exposing the old wall.
  6. Well, that was a great point. Here's our old Honeywell thermostat. It's so old that it's turned yellow.
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  9. It's ancient.
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  11. But, Comcast was nice enough to give me a 3rd gen Nest Learning Thermostat, so I was half way to winning the battle of getting permission to install it! ;-)
  12. There was a slight problem though, even though the Nest comes with a trim kit, it was shorter than the existing thermostat.
  13. I got the go ahead to install it anyway and paint the exposed wall.
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  15. Here are online installation instructions.
  16. Here's a YouTube installation video.
  17. Installing the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen)
  18. 1. Switch off power
  19. Nest makes it pretty clear that the power should be shut off. One reason is to protect the Nest during installation. The other is probably to protect the installer! ;-)
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  21. Sounds simple. Turn off power.
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  23. In my basement, the circuit breaker list looks like this. The breaker for the oil heater isn't labeled.
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  25. So I just turned off power to the whole house.
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  27. 2. Remove existing thermostat cover
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  29. 3. Take a Photo
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  33. 4. Remove Base and Label Wires
  34. The installation kit is complete and includes labels.
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  36. 5. Attach Nest base
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  39. 6. Connect Wires
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  42. 7. Attach Nest Display and turn on power
  43. One hte power is turned back on, the Nest takes you through the set up steps. These are very clear and really well done.
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  45. You choose your WiFi network and enter your password.
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  47. 8. Setup Nest and Account
  48. This is done online. Then you can connect to your Nest via web or smartphone app.
  49. Living Room Nest - Web
    Living Room Nest - Web
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    Living Room nest - iPhone
  51. Installation almost complete, except for the painting.
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  53. Painted and complete.
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    Nest - installed
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  56. Looks great.
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