Picture of the Honeywell RTH9580WF thermostat displaying its -Home- page, with the -Permanent Hold, Press for More Options- button circled.

How to Turn Off Permanent Hold on Honeywell Thermostat

Here, we answer the question: How to turn off the Permanent Hold on a Honeywell Thermostat?  Of course this begs the question of why would permanent hold ever be ON in the first place? Well, the permanent 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 permanent hold.  Thus, it changes its set temperature to what its program says at times of day, also dictated by the program.

But with the  Permanent Hold function on, you suspend these scheduled temperature adjustments.  Then, the thermostat stays at the displayed temperature setting either indefinitely.





So why would you ever want to put a Honeywell thermostat on permanent hold?  Well, perhaps your house is too chilly on a 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   Permanent Hold is a handy solution.

How to Turn Off Permanent Hold on a Honeywell Thermostat

We show here cancelling the permanent hold function on our Honeywell RTH9580WF smart thermostat.  In this demo, we start off with our thermostat set to Permanent Hold.

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.

Picture of a typical Honeywell thermostat displaying its -Home- page, with the -Permanent Hold, Press for More Options- button circled. How to Turn Off Permanent Hold on Honeywell Thermostat.
A typical Honeywell thermostat displaying its -Home- page, with the -Permanent Hold, Press for More Options- button circled.

2. Tap the Hold Button

Find the  Hold  button near screen center and bottom.  Now this button should say  Permanent Hold, But if you see no button, with the phrase  Following Schedule  in that spot,  then your thermostat is not in permanent hold mode.  So you need not turn off permanent hold.





Tapping the  Hold  button brings up the  Hold Options  screen, as shown following.

Screenshot of the unit, displaying its -Hold Options- page, with the -Cancel Hold- button highlighted.
The unit, displaying its -Hold Options- page, with the -Cancel Hold- button highlighted.

Pressing   Cancel Hold   stops   Permanent Hold.

3. Tap the  Cancel Hold  Button

When you touch the  Cancel Hold  option, this turns off the permanent hold, and the thermostat then returns to Following Schedule   mode.  It again displays its  Home  screen, as shown next.

Picture of the unit, displaying its -Home- page with the -Following Schedule- link circled.
The unit, displaying its -Home- page with the -Following Schedule- link circled.

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 Turn Off Permanent Hold on a Honeywell Thermostat !

You’ve now learned how to turn off permanent hold on your Honeywell thermostat.  Well, at least you know how to do it on the touchscreen multi color models anyhow.  🙂





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