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Taking charge of your RV heating and cooling can make a huge difference in your comfort and energy bills. One thing that would improve your RV is to toss your outdated thermostat out for a digital one.

A digital thermostat allows you to save on costs by setting the temperature in advance. You can set it based on your daily schedule, so that the unit goes off when you leave and turns on the minute you step inside your RV home.

Don’t want to have to call someone every time you have to install a new digital thermostat in your RV? Then here’s how to do it yourself:

Step 1. Turn the power off. Find the breaker for its power circuit and turn that off.

Step 2. Remove the old one. Start by taking the cover off. Some models only require you to pull it off. If your old one is screwed in, though, you’ll have to unscrew the top first. Then, unscrew anything that’s holding the thermostat to the mounting plate. Pull out the thermostat with care and caution.

Step 3. Disconnect the wires attached to the thermostat. Find a pen or stick you can wrap the wires around so that they won’t fall through the hole, says Do It Yourself. Don’t haphazardly remove the taps. Make sure you tag each one with a piece of masking tape and a label to match its terminal. Then, take the mounting plate off.

Step 4. Put the new mounting plate in place. Screw it into place. Make sure you pull the wires through the hole in the plate before you fasten the plate.

Step 5. Connect the wires. Match them to the right terminals. Then, put your new thermostat onto the mounting plate and get the batteries inside.

Step 6. Turn the power back on, and that’s it. You’re done.

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    Author: Eric Spence

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