Picture of the Honeywell RTH9580WF smart thermostat displaying its -Home- screen, with the -Hold- button showing -Temporary Hold- mode highlighted.

How to Turn Off Temporary Hold on Honeywell Thermostat

Here, we cover how to turn off temporary hold on a typical Honeywell thermostat.  But why would temporary hold ever be ON to start with? Well, the temporary hold feature on programmable thermostats lets the user override scheduled temperature settings, and set the temperature manually.  This new temperature setting remains in effect until the next scheduled temperature change, at which point, the thermostat ends its temporary hold, and resumes following its schedule.  Now when a thermostat is following its schedule, it is not on hold.





So why would you ever want to put a programmable thermostat on temporary hold?  Well, perhaps your house is too chilly on a 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   Temporary Hold is a handy solution until she next arrives to help you.

How to Turn Off Temporary Hold on a Honeywell Thermostat

We show here turning off the  Temporary Hold  function on our Honeywell RTH9580WF WiFi thermostat.  In this demo, we start off with our thermostat already set to  Temporary 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 says   Hold Until…  and it also says the time that temporary hold will end. In this routine, we show you how to intervene, and resume schedule following prior to the time it is currently set to pick up again.

Picture of the thermostat displaying its -Home- screen, with the -Hold- button showing -Temporary Hold- mode highlighted. How to Turn Off Temporary Hold on Honeywell Thermostat.
The thermostat, displaying its -Home- screen, with the -Hold- button showing -Temporary Hold- mode highlighted.

2. Tap the Hold Button

Find the  Hold  button near screen center and bottom.  Note that it may be labeled as either  Hold Until…  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 temporary mode.  So you need not turn it off.

Tapping the  Hold  button, no matter its flavor, brings up the  Hold Options  screen, as shown following.

Picture of the Honeywell RTH9580WF wireless thermostat, displaying its -Hold Switch- screen.
Honeywell RTH9580WF wireless thermostat, displaying its -Hold Switch- screen.

Pressing   Cancel Hold   stops Temporary Hold.

3. Tap the  Cancel Hold  Button

When you touch the  Cancel Hold  option, the thermostat then returns to Following Schedule   mode, and again displays its  Home  screen.  See this 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 Temporary Hold on Honeywell Thermostat !

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





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