11-04-2014 08:46 AM
I'm planning to replace the fireplace switch with the WemoMaker and was wondering if any one has already done that?
If yes, do you have any suggestions?
I have a gas fireplace where the pilot light does not need to be on. I checked below the fireplace and have observed that it also has a pack of 4 AA batteries. When I turn the fireplace on, using the wall switch, I see the fireplace pilot light ignited with sparks, pilot light turns on, and then the rest of the fire place turns on.
11-04-2014 09:11 AM
Do you just want to control that switch wireless or do you want to use a thermostat to trigger the Maker Relay?
Example: To control the Fireplace with a thermostat and Maker.
Connect an old Honeywell round styel thermostat to the sensor side of the Maker.
Connect the wall switch wire leads to the relay side of the Maker. (verify voltage is within operating range of Maker)
Create a Maker rule in the WEMO app that opens the relay when the sensor is triggererd until it is no longer triggered.
This will turn the fireplace on until your desired temperature is reached.
11-11-2014 06:03 AM
It is a bit of an alarming way to sign off: "I'll check to see if it's low voltage tonight" and we never hear from him again! Gulp!
Seriously, the fireplaces I've seen that switch is indeed low voltage. The pilot heats a sensor that then generates current to keep the main valve open. Turn off the switch or have the pilot go out and the main valve stays shut.
I haven't looked at any of those posh self starting ones though but the batteries are a pretty good hint too.
A heat sensor could be used as well. Sounds like an excellent job for the WemoMaker relay.