How to wire an STC1000 temperature controller with 2 heaters

0 Members and 2 Guests are viewing this topic. 5217 views

  • Graeme
  • Administrator
  • Posts: 5,381
  • Liked: 1486
  • Thanks Given: 419
  • Received: 1238
  • Location: Newcastle
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/graeme's-6x2x2-840l/
I couldn't find anywhere that showed how to wire two heaters into an STC1000, so I thought I'd share how I did mine.

Along with a drill, these are the tools I used:


I used the stc1000, a plastic box, two sockets, one plug, a connector block and some spare wire.


I cut a hole in the box, slid the stc1000 in, and used the orange clips to hold it in place


I drilled 3 holes for the wires that go to the plug and sockets, and a smaller one for the probe


I used this wiring diagram, ignoring the cooler bit, as I don't have one, and I decided to use two separate sockets for two heaters, so I could potentially spread then further apart in the sump...not sure I needed to do this.  Could have been one double socket instead.


Step one of the wiring


Step two


Step three


Step 4


The whole thing


I added some cable ties to stop the wires being pulled out by accident, then put the lid on.


Done!

I used this vid to show me how to program it:
How to program a STC-1000 temperature controller - YouTube
Last Edit: Dec 11, 2014 9:52:43 pm by HK_Fuey

Steveanem

  • Posts: 1,836
  • Liked: 409
  • Thanks Given: 348
  • Received: 168
  • Location: Yorkshire

Reply #1

Thanks for that @HK_Fuey . Did you know that if you are not using your cooling output, you can use it to generate an alarm if your temperature goes too high?
 You achieve this by linking one side of the sensor to one cooling terminal (link terminal 3 to terminal 7) and the other side of the sensor to the other cooling terminal (link terminal 4 to terminal 8).
In the case of the temperature going higher than the setpoint plus half of the differential setting (ie the point where the cooling would normally energise), the sensor will be linked (short circuited) by the cooling relay and this will generate an alarm.
Hope that makes sense.
Ps shorting the sensor will not damage the unit in any way it just momentarily gives an out of range reading hence the alarm.  :wink:

Thanks:


carlcall

  • Posts: 1,906
  • Liked: 740
  • Thanks Given: 63
  • Received: 282

Reply #2

Worth Knowing that Steve

Mike

  • Administrator
  • Posts: 8,174
  • Liked: 1688
  • Thanks Given: 664
  • Received: 1093
  • Location: Manchester
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/i-conica's-tank-(picture-heavy!)/

Reply #3

Hi, Steve.

That's clever. So you're using the fact the STC will engage the usually open "cooling" relay, which shorts out the sensor, triggering an alarm... That's neat.

It's a neat workaround if not using the cooling circuit as the STC's built in buzzer isn't usable for out of range, only sensor faults (like shorts, your trick exploits).

@HK_Fuey Why did you make it with two separate lines for heaters? You can get those double sockets, so only ran one hot wire to the double socket?

Mine is a bit different, I've got one plug on each, like yours, but one is hot, one is cool. My fans on the cool side, tit heater on the hot side. I suppose I could use a double plug if I wanted two heaters.
Donate to the running of ReefBase

HK_Fuey

  • Graeme
  • Administrator
  • Posts: 5,381
  • Liked: 1486
  • Thanks Given: 419
  • Received: 1238
  • Location: Newcastle
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/graeme's-6x2x2-840l/

Reply #4

@Steveanem , that's a great idea.  I'll have a go at that I think.

Why did you make it with two separate lines for heaters? You can get those double sockets, so only ran one hot wire to the double socket?
...and I decided to use two separate sockets for two heaters, so I could potentially spread then further apart in the sump...not sure I needed to do this.  Could have been one double socket instead.

Thanks:


Mike

  • Administrator
  • Posts: 8,174
  • Liked: 1688
  • Thanks Given: 664
  • Received: 1093
  • Location: Manchester
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/i-conica's-tank-(picture-heavy!)/

Reply #5

Teach me to scanread, then ask daft questions!  :embarrassed:

 :grin:
Donate to the running of ReefBase

T-Bone Tyrone

  • Global Moderator
  • Posts: 3,665
  • Liked: 603
  • Thanks Given: 530
  • Received: 300
  • I wonder where this shows up?!
  • Location: Ammanford

Reply #6

Helpful! I'll watch that vid on the programming as I need to double check mine as my son loves to have a fiddle!
I should really sort this out!!

Tags:


Related Topics

3 Replies
1398 Views
Last post Jul 19, 2013 8:56:47 pm
by Mike
4 Replies
910 Views
Last post Aug 23, 2013 4:50:25 pm
by Mike
STC1000

Started by T-Bone Tyrone « 1 2 » Specialist

15 Replies
2272 Views
Last post Nov 7, 2013 6:55:56 pm
by Steveanem
14 Replies
3868 Views
Last post Apr 1, 2014 8:51:46 am
by T-Bone Tyrone
2 Replies
685 Views
Last post Aug 6, 2016 4:13:23 pm
by Chilax