Picture of the Honeywell RTH9580WF Smart Thermostat, displaying the Restoring Factory Default Settings screen during reset.

Reset Honeywell WiFi Thermostat

This post explains Reset Honeywell WiFi thermostat. We demonstrate these on the RTH9580WF model. This method does the following.

    • First of all, it clears out all custom settings.
    • Then, it Resets the wireless network settings.
    • Finally, it restores the thermostat back to factory default state.

So, follow the steps below, to hard Reset most any Honeywell WiFi Thermostat.

We suggest these directions when fixing problems. Resetting cuts the chance that faulty settings are causing the t-stat to act funny.

But after doing this, the unit forgets any programmed settings. So you must re enter your wireless network name and password again. Also, your custom schedules, if any, will disappear as well. Resetting returns the smart thermostat to the built-in heating and cooling routines. So again, you might want to adjust them again for to your specific needs.

Picture of the RTH9580WF displaying the Home screen.
Displaying the Home screen.

Reset Honeywell WiFi Thermostat: Before you Begin

Grab your Manual

Before restoring to factory default settings, gather your thermostat manual that shipped with it. Or, find it online at Honeywell’s web site.

Jot Down the Current Program Schedule

Write down the current daily program schedule currently stored in the thermostat. Do this if you’ve changed it from the default schedule.

Write Down any other Settings Changed from Default

Then, run down through the menus. Jot any settings that you changed prior that let the this thermostat work with your furnace. These include filter-change reminders, wireless network connection info, system type, thermostat name, location, et al.

Reset Honeywell WiFi Thermostat: Step by Step

1. First, Tap the  Menu  button on the Touchscreen 

Then, scroll down by pressing the down arrow key, until you see the Preferences button.

Picture of a Honeywell WiFi Thermostat displaying the Menu Screen with Preferences button circled. Reset Honeywell WiFi Thermostat.
Displaying the Menu Screen with Preferences button circled.

2. Then, Tap the Preferences Button

When the Preferences screen appears, scroll with the down-arrow key.  Look for the  “Restore Factory Defaults” button.

Picture of a Honeywell WiFi Thermostat with the Menu, Preferences, Restore Factory Defaults button circled.
Thermostat touchscreen, showing Menu, Preferences, Restore Factory Defaults button circled.

3. Then, Tap the “Restore Factory Defaults” Button

The thermostat then prompts you to confirm that you surely want to restore the thermostat, as shown next.

4. Then Confirm that you Want to Reset

WARNING: Tapping the green Yes button next, erases all user specific settings. So do not Reset until you feel that you can set it up again after. Get help from a climate control specialist if you’re unsure.

Picture of the RTH9580WF, displaying the Restore Factory Defaults confirmation screen.
Displaying the Restore Factory Defaults confirmation screen.

If you wish to proceed, then tap the green Yes button.  Otherwise, tap the red No button.

When you press Yes, the display then shows the Restoring Factory Default Settings screen for a bit.

Picture of a Honeywell WiFi Thermostat, displaying the Restoring Factory Default Settings screen during Reset.
Displaying the Restoring Factory Default Settings screen during Reset.
After some seconds, the screen goes dark. The smart thermostat reboots next.  Then, the boot screen, showing the logo shows next.
Picture of a Honeywell WiFi Thermostat displaying the Boot screen after factory Reset completes.
Displaying the Boot screen after factory Reset completes.

Then, after boot-up, the thermostat prepares to get new data from you.  While it does this, it shows the Please Wait screen as follows.

Picture of a Honeywell WiFi Thermostat displaying the Please Wait screen after booting.
Displaying the Please Wait screen after booting.

5. Enter New Startup Data at the Prompts

Then, the Honeywell WiFi Thermostat prompts you to enter some initial settings. Finally, this allows it to start up with working default values, as shown next.

Picture of the RTH9580WF displaying the Connect WiFi Network prompt.
Displaying the Connect WiFi Network prompt.

After Reset, follow the prompts. They ask for info about your wireless network and HVAC system.

6. Done with Reset Honeywell WiFi Thermostat !

At last, you have now restored your Honeywell WiFi Thermostat to factory default settings.

Other Honeywell WiFi Thermostat Posts

    1. Solving Honeywell WiFi Thermostat Connection Problems
    2. Honeywell WiFi Thermostat Not Turning ON Heat
    3. Honeywell WiFi Thermostat Setup
    4. Register Honeywell WiFi Thermostat — How to Do It
    5. Change Wireless Network on Honeywell WiFi Thermostat RTH8580WF

References

    1. Official Honeywell WiFi Thermostat Support Page
    2. Where to Buy the Honeywell WiFi Thermostat