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Connecting Common Wire on Air Handler

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Hi everyone. I am trying to connect the Common wire to my Nest thermostat, so it charges the battery. Fortunately, the therm wire has a 5th wire running from therm to the air handler. It's currently disconnected at the therm. What is confusing me is that this 5th blue wire is connected to the R terminal on the air handler.

There is a second wire also connected to the air handler's R terminal, which travels a bit and then connects to the Rh line from thermostat and the R from the boiler at a wire nut.

Outline of the Thermostat Wiring

G (therm) connects to G (air handler)
Rh (therm) connects to R (air handler) and R (boiler). These three Rs connect in the 'junction' photo I've linked to below.
C (therm) was connected to the R (air handler); I disconnected the side at the thermostat; other side is still at R on air handler
W (therm) <--> W (boiler)
Y (therm) <--> Condensation pump's Red. Condensation pump's White goes offscreen to A/C compressor Red. Compressor's white connects to air handler's Common terminal. From what I understand, this is done so that if condensate tank overfills, 24vac is removed from the A/C compressor.

(I'll post a link to photos of the wiring in a minute.)

I've been cautioned that this situation is not optimal because the boiler R and the air handler's R are connected to each other and go to a single Rh at the thermostat. That's worked well because there isn't a Common.

So the main question is how to determine whether I can disconnect the Blue 5th wire that runs to the thermostat from the air handler's R terminal, and move it to the C terminal. Then attach the other side to the C terminal on the Nest. Or would this compromise the systems because the boiler and air handler would now both be connected at the C and R.

Thanks so much for the help.
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Normally a boiler comes with it's own transformer and controls and so does the air handler.

Then you run R from the boiler to Rh and R from the air handler to Rc and remove the jumper between them. Both of them have a C as each has it's own transformer. W/O being there we cannnot see what kind of homemade wiring the last person did. Sounds wrong to me.

No you cannot assume damage won't occur. I would recommend you get a experienced heating tech to trace the wiring and see what you have to be safe.
It is ALWAYS best to have it wired properly. Saves you a LOT of $$ when troubleshooting it later with a Pro. If I run into some homemade hacker wiring it takes me 2-3X longer at their expense to figure out what they did wrong and then we have to rewire it anyway. I would get some 18/6 LVT wire from HDepot on a roll and wire the boiler and air handler properly.
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