Picture of the Honeywell RTH9580WF Smart Thermostat, with the Menu, Preferences, Restore Factory Defaults button circled.

How to Reset Honeywell Thermostat Settings

A reset Honeywell thermostat settings erases all user changed settings.  Resetting also removes lock screen passwords and screen color changes et al. Resetting restores this Honeywell RTH9580WF touchscreen thermostat to factory default condition.  You reset by following the routine below. We suggest this reset Honeywell thermostat settings action when fixing smart thermostat issues as well.  Why?  Because resetting rules out the likelihood that wrong settings are causing the RTH9580WF to act strangely.  The problem often goes away after reset.

Keep in mind though, that after reset, the RTH9580WF forgets any user added settings. So you’ll have to enter your WiFi and furnace info again. Also, the RTH9580WF gets rid of custom program schedules you’ve entered.  Thus, resetting returns the RTH9580WF to the default daily heating and cooling schedules. So again, you may need to set them again to your specific needs, if you have any.

Picture of the Honeywell RTH9580WF WiFi Smart Thermostat, showing the Home screen. How to Reset Honeywell Thermostat Settings.
Honeywell RTH9580WF WiFi smart thermostat, showing the Home screen.

Before Reset Honeywell Thermostat Settings on the RTH9580WF Remote Controlled Thermostat

Before resetting, get the RTH9580WF booklet. The RTH9580WF package includes this pamphlet.  But if you’ve lost yours, find it online at Honeywell’s web site.

Write down the program in the RTH9580WF if you’ve changed it from the default program.

Then, run through the menus. Record any settings that you’ve changed for your heating / cooling systems. These include filter-change reminders, fan mode, WiFi network data, system type, thermostat name, location, et al.

How to Do a Reset Honeywell Thermostat Settings Procedure on the RTH9580WF

Go to the Main Menu

Tap the Menu button on the touch screen, as shown above at the top right side of the screen. Then, scroll down by pressing the down arrow key.  Then, stop at the Preferences button, as shown next.

Picture of the Honeywell RTH9580WF Smart Thermostat, showing the Menu Screen with Preferences button circled.
RTH9580WF smart thermostat, showing the Menu Screen with Preferences button circled.

Tap the Preferences Button

Tapping the Preferences button brings up that screen.  When you see it, scroll with the down-arrow key. Then stop at the “Restore Factory Defaults” button as circled in red in the next picture.

Picture of the Honeywell RTH9580WF Smart Thermostat, with the Menu, Preferences, Restore Factory Defaults button circled.
The RTH9580WF smart thermostat, Menu, Preferences, Restore Factory Defaults button circled.

Then, Tap the  Restore Factory Defaults  Button

Tap the “Restore Factory Defaults” button.  The RTH9580WF them prompts you to say that you indeed want to hard reset, as shown next.

Next, Tap the Green  Yes   Button to Continue with How to Reset Honeywell Thermostat Settings

WARNING: Tapping this button erases all user settings and info in the RTH9580WF. So DO NOT reset until you know this data.  Don’t go ahead until you’re sure that you can set it up with your furnace / HVAC system details. Get help from a climate control worker if unsure.

Picture of the Honeywell RTH9580WF smart thermostat, showing the Restore Factory Defaults confirmation screen.
RTH9580WF smart thermostat, showing the Restore Factory Defaults confirmation screen.

Now if you clearly wish to erase all settings, tap the green Yes button.  Or, press the red No button.

Then, pressing the Yes button, starts the RTH9580WF resetting.  The display shows the  Restoring Factory Default Settings  screen for some seconds, as shown next.

Picture of the Honeywell RTH9580WF smart thermostat, showing the -Restoring Factory Default Settings- screen during reset.
RTH9580WF smart thermostat, showing the -Restoring Factory Default Settings- screen during reset.

Next, the RTH9580WF Resets its Settings to Factory Default Values

After  a few to ten seconds, the screen goes dark, as the RTH9580WF reboots.  Then, the boot screen, showing the Honeywell logo shows next, as seen below.

Picture of the RTH9580WF smart thermostat, showing the Boot screen after reset.
RTH9580WF smart thermostat, showing the Boot screen after reset.

Next, the RTH9580WF Reboots Once Reset Completes

After boot-up, the RTH9580WF gets ready for new settings data from you.  While it works, it shows the Please Wait screen as follows.

Picture of the Honeywell RTH9580WF smart thermostat, showing the Please Wait screen after reset.
Honeywell RTH9580WF smart thermostat, showing the Please Wait screen after reset.

Then, the RTH9580WF Enters Setup Mode

Finally, the RTH9580WF asks for some starting data.  Why?  Because it needs this to work after reset, as shown next.

Picture of the RTH9580WF smart thermostat, showing the -Connect WiFi Network- prompt after factory default reset.
The RTH9580WF smart thermostat, showing the Connect WiFi Network Prompt after factory default reset.

Follow the prompts to enter that data about your WiFi network and furnace system.

You have now reset your RTH9580WF back to factory default settings.

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References for How to Reset Honeywell Thermostat Settings

  1. Additional Info on WiFi Thermostats from Honeywell
  2. Honeywell Total Connect Comfort Solutions web site
  3. What is a Programmable Thermostat? on Wikipedia

Revision History

  • 2019-05-07: Removed ad scripts, added tags, and tuned the targeting for ‘Reset Honeywell Thermostat Settings’.
  • 2017-03-14: Originally published.