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Tado installation help

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by MCDF, 7 Dec 2019.

  1. MCDF

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    Hello,

    I had a wee troll through the forums and could not find the answer to my specific question, so that's the reason for this thread.
    I just bought the Tado with extension kit and am trying to install it onto my Worchester combi boiler and current Drayton Digistat SCR wireless system.

    I had a look if I could just add the new tado front plate onto my existing UK standard backplate, but I don't think it is wired correctly for that (please correct me if I am wrong). So instead I was looking to rewire into the Tado extension kit. For that I was a bit confused by the channels currently used (why is channel 2 not used?) and why e.g. live is connected to channel 1 by a brown wire.

    Can anyone explain to me how to wire this without blowing myself, Tado or my boiler up? Is it the potential free schedule I should be using?

    If you need any more information/photos please ask.

    Many thanks!
     

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    2 channel is not used because it’s controlling one channel only, the heating. Hot water is delivered instantaneously by your combi boiler. The brown wire is linked between L and terminal 1 for a common feed. What I don’t understand is why, what appears to be a switched live is connected to the common, terminal 3 appears to be switched and 4 is another permanent live? So you could be correct as in it may be wired up incorrectly. @stem and @ianmcd are very good with these.
     
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    Thank you for your reply!
    In attempt to clarify what is going on with the wiring for myself I have made a little diagram - maybe it's any use to any of you as well.
    The cable with 4 leads at the bottom goes to the boiler. Where the black cable (with the two inner black leads) goes is a bit unclear to me. I assume the cable with the 3 wires is the mains connection.
     

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    Looks like @fezster is good with them as well, maybe he can get his head around it, I’m a bit lost now, sorry.
     
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    based on your drawing the live is linked to 1 and 4?
    then your have a 4core from boiler to earth neutral 3 & 4? is that correct

    i would suggest that earth and neutral are common connections, term 3 is the boiler switch live for heat and as terminal 4 is unused, they have connected the browns and used as a joint for the permanent live to the boiler for controls hot water etc
     
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    Thanks you both!

    So I did some more demolition and traced the cables further back. The black with the two black inner cores goes to a separate condensing pump (it a condensing combi boiler). The 4 core white cable goes indeed to the boiler. The three core white cable I did not fully trace back but think it is safe to assume that is the mains supply.
    That makes me wonder if channel 1 is heating on, channel 4 is heating off, and channel 3 is surplus? Or do you think it more likely channel 3 heating off and 4 surplus?
     
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    I suppose this makes a bit more sense now, thanks for the additional info. It looks like maybe:

    Brown in terminal 4 is possibly used as the LS on boiler, and black go to condense pump
    Neutral is NS on boiler
    Black in terminal 3 going to boiler is switched live (LR?)
     
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    @yorkspark it’s a combi, so only the heating to be controlled mate.
     
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    Indeed it is a combi

    Combi’s require both a permanent live and a switch live to operate.

    Your existing receiver is connected as follows:-

    On your Drayton receiver Port 1 is common, Port 2 is heat off, Port 3 is heat on and Port 4 is unused/not connected

    So the 2 browns in Port 4 are using the terminal as a joint to give the boiler its permanent live to enable it to heat water

    So your 4 core is earth neutral switch live(3) and permanent live(4)
     
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    Does this all mean it is wired correctly and I can just put on the Tado front? No wait, in their set-up terminal 3 is unused. So I would need to rewire.
    This is how Tado wants it set up (attached the Tado instructions as well)
    1 COM - so that can stay the same
    2 NC - heat off, stay the same
    3 empty
    4 NO - heat on, so terminal 3 needs to be rewired to terminal 4?
     

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    Yes move your Port 3 to Port 4 and put the 2x browns into a connector block/wago
     
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    Great. I am away for a few days now but will post back with whether it worked or not when I'm back.
     
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    Update: I installed Tado changing port 3 to port 4 and put the 2 blacks from port 4 into a connector block. Sadly Tado does not want to fire up my boiler this way. I tried overriding the software bit to see if it is a software or hardware problem, but no activity at all yet so far. As soon as I change back port 4 to port 3 (original set up, except port 4 is completely empty as the 2 blacks are connected in the connector block) and put on the Drayton SCR front, it fires up happily. So the original idea of how it was wired still seems correct in my opinion.
    Not entirely sure what my next step will be.
     
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    As I figure it:

    Incoming mains supply to Tado extension kit N & L

    Boiler Blue wire to Tado N
    Boiler Brown wire to Tado L
    Boiler Black wire to Tado 4 (NO)
    Link Tado L to 1

    Earths to earth

    Set the Tado jumper to position 1 'potential free'
     
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    Thanks! That is indeed how I wired it, but no joy. Must be a software issue instead then - I'll see if Tado support can sort this.
     
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