Nobody is bashing anyone here. I personally do not have a problem with DIY'ers installing t-stats etc. But when they install the wrong type of stat or wire it up wrong because they don't even read the directions, well bad and expensive things can happen to their systems. Some DIY'ers know their limitations, others do not. Some manufacturers will void the warranty outright if an unqualified person messes with it. I have done DIY repairs on things other than HVAC, I wouldn't even consider trying to get warranty service after I botched something. There is a reason why this is not a DIY site, and most of that is due to liability. If I tell a homeowner how to fix something online and they mess up and burn their house down, I would be liable. If someone dies as a result I could be held criminally liable. Every system is unique and without actually being their we would be making a guesse at the problem. That's not the way to troubleshoot. Go take a look at some of the wall of shame photos on this site. Some of these are homeowner installs, most of these are downright scary. So without bashing anyone I recommend that if you don't know how to fix something then call someone who does. None of the proffessionals on this site are going to give step by step advice, it is against the sites rules that everyone agreed to when they became members here.Originally posted by nyrfan
I think the problem here is not that people here (Like myself) so much want to save money but feel they can do it themselves without error and learn for the future. Plus if your anything like me as most men are you want it “now” not have to wait for someone to come do it!
For instance I bought my TStat at Lowes, right on the box it states something to the effect of "easy installation", and tech support available. Well while changing my TStat I noticed it was not as easy as stated on the box but did get it done eventually without incident. If I would have gotten stuck or blown something up, oh well lesson learned and I would have called a professional.
I really have a problem with people that are so fast to criticize someone for trying to do things themselves and then asking for help / advice either during the installation or after the installation has went bad. I'm a computer tech and see this all the time and while I agree I would not give out all my secrets I would not stoop to the point where I start bashing the person as being cheap or frugal for trying to attempt to do it himself. These products and many other sold in stores do not recommend having it professionally installed, it actually geared for consumer install. So just remember that before you start bashing people I’m sure “ALL” of you HVAC techs have asked for help at some point during your life and I’m sure were not instantly made to feel like you’re a cheap, unqualified person.
Sorry about your install, with that said I’m really not quite sure how you can expect your warranty company to pick up the tab. You broke it trying to DIY and now “you” should be 100% responsible for the repairs. Remember in the future if you want to DIY be prepared and understand that in the end it might have just be smarter to have it professionally done in the 1st place. I’ve leaned this the hard way and will never attempt anything pluming again, EVER!!!