How to Reset White Rodgers Thermostat?

One of the easiest ways to deal with quite a few thermostat malfunctions is to simply reset the device.

To reset your White Rodgers thermostat, you would usually have to push the up and down arrows and the ‘time’ button simultaneously. Some models would require you to press the up and down arrows and to move the system switch from ‘off’ to ‘heat’ at the same time.

When Should I Reset My Thermostat?

In general, resets are needed after a power outage as a sudden shutoff might prevent the thermostat from properly communicating with the HVAC system even when the power comes back on.

However, you can try resetting the thermostat whenever the device stops working correctly – it is a quick way to deal with a lot of malfunctions.

How Do You Manually Reset a Thermostat?

If the thermostat has a reset button, all you would have to do is push and hold it (you might need a paper clip for that). The device will also reset itself if you turn the thermostat on and off at the circuit breaker.

If you have a battery-operated device, then you can do the following to manually reset the thermostat:

  1. Turn the thermostat off at the circuit breaker.
  2. Take the batteries out and reinsert them backward for around 5 seconds.
  3. Remove the batteries once again and put them back in as you would normally do.
  4. Turn the thermostat on.

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How to Reset White Rodgers Thermostat?

The majority of White Rodgers thermostats don’t have a designated reset button. You can always reboot the device by taking the batteries out or turning the thermostat on and off at the circuit breaker.

However, the majority of White Rodgers models can be reset by pressing the right combination of buttons on the actual device.

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How Do You Reset a White-Rodgers Thermostat 1F80 361?

The Classic 80 Series 1F80-361 White Rodgers thermostat can be reset to factory settings by pressing these buttons

How to Reset White Rodgers Thermostat 1F79

You can reset a 1F79 model by pressing the up and down arrows simultaneously while the system is switched from ‘off’ to ‘heat’ position.

Even though this thermostat has batteries, the thermostat does not require them in order to work. They will simply help the device remember the settings, in case of a power outage. 

So, you might want to try the up and down arrow reset, before removing the batteries.

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How to Reset White Rodgers Thermostat 1F89-211?

1F89-211 is one of the White Rodgers thermostat models that has a reset button.

You’ll find the reset switch on the device’s base, right below the fan switch. Simply press the button and hold it for around 5 seconds, if you need to reset the device.

How to Reset White Rodgers Thermostat 1F80-261?

Press the up and down arrows and the ‘time’ buttons at the same time and hold them for a few seconds. This will reset the thermostat to the factory settings.

How to Reset White Rodgers Thermostat Model 1F78?

Press the up and down arrows at the same time while moving the system switch from ‘off’ to ‘heat’.

You’ll find the system switch at the bottom right corner of the device (next to the fan switch). The system switch can be set to ‘cool’, ‘heat’, or ‘off’.

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How to Reset a White Rodgers Thermostat Model 1F86-344?

Press the up and down arrows and move the system switch from ‘off’ to ‘heat’ simultaneously

How Do You Reset a White Rodgers Thermostat 1F81 261?

Press the up and down arrows and ‘time’ simultaneously.

You’ll find the ‘time’ button on the thermostat’s face, in the bottom left corner (next to the program button).

Why Does a White Rodgers Thermostat Reset Itself?

A programmable thermostat might reset itself at regular intervals. If you have noticed that the device changes the set temperature to X every Monday, for example, then you have nothing to worry about – the thermostat is simply trying to follow its schedule.

You can fully reprogram the thermostat to make sure that such a situation never happens again. Or you can place a hold on the desired temperature.

To do that, adjust the temperature, push the hold button, and lock the temperature setting (you can choose to place either a temporary or a permanent hold).

But if you have noticed that the thermostat randomly changes the temperature and doesn’t follow a certain pattern, then there is something wrong with the device, and you might want to have a professional look at it.

Read: HVAC Thermostat Problems

How Do You Reprogram a White-Rodgers Thermostat?

With a correctly programmed thermostat, you’ll be able to keep your house at a comfortable temperature all the time and you will potentially be saving a small fortune on energy bills.

The best part about setting up a program is that you would have to spend some time pushing the right buttons only once and, ideally, you wouldn’t have to think about it ever again.

To program your White Rodgers thermostat, first set the correct date and time and then proceed to enter the desired heating and cooling program

How Do You Program a White Rodgers 1F80 361?

All thermostats have a sample schedule with factory preprogrammed times and temperatures. You can simply press the ‘run’ button if you like the proposed schedule.

If you would like to enter a new program, then make sure to plan out the desired schedule first (you would have to program four periods for the weekend and the weekday program). 

How Do I Fix My White-Rodgers Thermostat?

Make sure that the settings are correct and that the thermostat is receiving power (if it’s a battery-operated model, then replace the old batteries).

The easiest way to fix the majority of thermostat-related issues is to simply reset your White Rodgers device. You would have to push the right combination of buttons for your thermostat model.

White Rodgers Thermostat Won’t Change Temperature

Remove the batteries for around 6 minutes, then reinstall them and test the system. If that didn’t help, then try resetting the device to the factory settings.

The chances are high that you would have to replace the thermostat if the reset trick didn’t make a change. 

White Rodgers Thermostat Stuck on Hold

A permanent hold is supposed to keep the temperature at the chosen setting until you manually cancel it. Usually, all you would have to do is push the ‘run’ or ‘run schedule’ button.

If for some reason, these buttons are not working, then you would have to reset your device. 

Why Is My White Rodgers Thermostat Blinking?

  • If the ‘hold’ icon is flashing, it means that the thermostat has been set on temporary hold.
  • A blinking snowflake or ‘wait’ can mean that the HVAC system is in delay mode – the blinking should stop in about 5 minutes.
  • If the thermostat is blinking during normal air conditioning operation, it might mean that there is an issue with the outdoor unit

Why Is My White Rodgers Thermostat Not Cooling?

  1. Make sure that the thermostat is set to ‘cool’ and that the fan is set to ‘auto’
  2. Check for a blown fuse
  3. Inspect the wiring
  4. Check the power supply
  5. Replace the air filter, if necessary
  6. Make sure that the refrigerant is not leaking
  7. Check if the coils are dirty
  8. Reset the thermostat

Why Is My White Rodgers Thermostat Blank?

  • The thermostat’s batteries have died
  • The circuit breaker had tripped
  • The HVAC system tripped the safety switch
  • The thermostat is broken

Does a White Rodgers Thermostat Have Batteries?

Not all Whiter Rodgers thermostats require batteries. 

If your device has a battery compartment that does not necessarily mean that the thermostat needs those in order to operate – the batteries might be only a backup power source in case of an outage.