Here, we answer the question: How do you Remove the Permanent Hold on a Honeywell Thermostat? Of course this begs the question of why would hold ever be ON in the first place? Well, the hold feature on many programmable thermostats allows the user to override scheduled temperature settings, and set the temperature manually. When a thermostat is following its schedule, it is not on hold. Thus, it changes its set temperature to what its program says at times of day, also dictated by the program.
But with the Hold function on, you suspend these scheduled temperature adjustments. Then, the thermostat stays at the displayed temperature setting either indefinitely (for permanent hold) or until the next programmed temperature change (temporary hold).
So why would you ever want to put a programmable thermostat on hold? Well, perhaps your house is too chilly on certain very cold winter night. So you’d like to stop your pre-scheduled temperature lowering just for that night. Or, maybe you don’t like the temperatures set by the current program, but don’t know how to change them. Thus you must wait for your tech savvy daughter’s next visit to get that done. In cases like these, using Hold is a handy solution.
Now as mentioned, there are two types of hold; temporary hold, and permanent hold. In Temporary Hold, the temperature setting override stays in effect only until the next scheduled automatic temperature adjustment. Permanent Hold works like Temporary Hold, except that it has no scheduled end time. So, Permanent Hold suspends programmed temperature changes indefinitely, until you manually turn it off.
How to Remove Permanent Hold on Honeywell Thermostat, Step by Step
We show here cancelling the Hold function on our Honeywell RTH9580WF smart thermostat. In this demo, we start off with our thermostat set to Permanent Hold. But this same procedure works when Temporary Hold is in effect. It’s just the name of the Hold button that changes.
1. Go to the Honeywell Thermostat’s Home Screen
Here’s a shot of our t-stat’s Home page shown next.
The Hold button may say either Permanent Hold, or indicate Temporary Hold is in effect by saying when the current Hold will stop. We include both situations in the following two pictures.
2. Tap the Hold Button to Continue with How to Remove Permanent Hold on Honeywell Thermostat
Find the Hold button near screen center and bottom. Now as stated above, it may be labeled as either Temporary Hold or Permanent Hold, depending on what mode your thermostat is currently in. But if you see no button, with the phrase Following Schedule in that spot, then your thermostat is not in Hold mode. So you need not remove the Hold.
Tapping the Hold button, no matter its flavor, brings up the Hold Options screen, as shown following.
Pressing Cancel Hold stops both Permanent Hold and Temporary Hold.
3. Tap the Cancel Hold Button
When you touch the Cancel Hold option, this removes the permanent hold, and the thermostat then returns to Following Schedule mode. It again displays its Home screen, as shown next.
But now, notice that the Hold button no longer appears. Instead, we find a link label that just says, Following Schedule.
4. Done with How to Remove Permanent Hold on Honeywell Thermostat !
You’ve now learned how to turn off hold on Honeywell thermostat. Well, at least you know how to do it on the touchscreen multi color models anyhow. 🙂
References for How to Remove Permanent Hold on a Honeywell Thermostat
- What is a Temporary Hold on a Honeywell Thermostat? at AlarmGrid.com
Log of Revisions
- 2023-02-18: First released.