How To Reset Your White Rodgers Thermostat (All Models)

Heather Robbins
by Heather Robbins
You can usually depend on White Rodgers thermostats, but they require a reset when you run into errors. Luckily, you can easily and quickly reset a White Rodgers thermostat in the settings menu or even with the arrows on older models. Whether you have a classic White Rodgers thermostat or a newer smart model, let’s take a look at how you can reset it.

White Rodgers thermostats are the most common ones that people have in their homes. They help steady the temperature when they’re not there, so they can come home to a nice warm or cool house. However, sometimes thermostats have a knack for dysfunctions, so you’ll have to reset them. But how exactly do you reset a White Rodgers thermostat?

To reset your White Rodgers thermostat, hold both the up and down arrows down as well as the ‘time’ button for five seconds. Or, if you have a smart model, go into the settings and select ‘reset’. Then, follow the prompts on the screen to finish the resetting process for your smart thermostat.

In this guide, we will cover the reset instructions for over ten different White Rodgers thermostat models. Find your corresponding model and follow the instructions accordingly. Let’s get started!

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Steps For Resetting White Rodgers Therostat

The latest thermostats are designed to work through WiFi and smartphones. Resetting the system consists of fixing all three devices with the thermostats of the newest technology.

Step 1: Resetting To The Factory Setting

Every device has a menu option that practically walks you through the process of resetting. Under the menu, find “About Thermostat” and click the option of “Factory Reset.” The thermostat is now reset.

Step 2: Reset The Schedule For The Thermostat

You can set the thermostat to how your schedule of times you are at home or away. The same applies in settings by going to the menu option and clicking schedule. Fix the times as you see fit and hit save to keep the home comfortable and energy-efficient.

Step 3: Reset The WiFi

The settings for this one are different depending on the iPhone or Android. There are two different displays to look for one is 00, and the other is 11 or 22. Follow this list below for iPhones.

  • Bring up the menu on the thermostat and go to WiFi.
  • Choose “Set up new Network” or “Home.”
  • Open Settings in iPhone.
  • Go to WiFi and find “Sensi-XXXXX.”
  • Choose Accessory set up and click on “Next.”
  • Click “Done” once the phone and thermostat are in sync.

For Android Devices

  • Go to your Thermostat App and press the add sign.
  • Find the model, click on it and go to “Yes, it is on the wall.”
  • Bring up the menu on the Thermostat and go to the WiFi icon app.
  • Choose Sensi Network.
  • Type in the PIN and choose the WiFi connection
  • Punch in your password to the WiFi, and that’s it.

Reset Classic 80 And 70 Series White Rodgers Thermostat

There are over eight different models that are almost identical in this category. All eight are reset the same way. Here are two easy steps to follow for this thermostat.

Step 1: Hold The Buttons Simultaneously

Simultaneously hold the time and arrow button for most of this brand. For the others, push on the switch and the arrow keys at the same time.

Step 2: Watch The Screen

On the display screen, it will go blank then come back on again. Once the screen comes back on, the thermostat is reset.

Reset Emerson Thermostat 80 Series

These are also very easy to reset. The only reason to reset these thermostats is when the batteries are dead or if the screen goes blank. There are also two steps to reset this White Rodgers/Emerson thermostat.

Step 1: Hold The Buttons

Hold the backlight and the menu buttons simultaneously for ten seconds.

Step 2: Watch The Display Screen

After ten seconds, the display screen will turn off then back on again. Once it comes back on, the thermostat is reset.

Special tip: If the screen does not come back, take the faceplate off and remove the batteries. You may install the batteries after two minutes, and the screen should pop back up.

Reset Sensi Touch Smart Thermostat

The models covered here include:

  • 1F95U-42WF
  • 1F95U-42WFB

One of the latest Emerson models is the Sensi touch smart thermostat that includes smart home integrations. This model is compatible with both Google Home and Alexa and has a touch screen that is HD.

Factory Reset Instructions

Resetting this particular model back to the factory settings will clear out any Wi-Fi connections or Apple Home kit parings. Although, it doesn’t clear out the HVAC configurations.

  • Open the interface. Press the menu button, then ‘About Thermostat.’
  • Factory reset your thermostat. Press factory reset and wait for the screen to say all done.

Schedule Your Reset

You can also schedule your reset for the middle of the night or early morning.

  • Set a new schedule. Press the menu button and click “Schedule.”
  • Edit your configurations. Check to make sure the schedule is on, and then edit the configurations as needed. Don’t forget to save! You can also edit this by using the Sensi app.

Reset Sensi Smart Thermostat

This is for the 1F87U-42WF model.

If you want a wide range of features, then the Sensi Smart Thermostat is a great choice, as you can use it with heating and cooling systems as well as using Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri to control it. This model also features other convenient tools such as remote access, gen-fencing, and flexible scheduling.

Schedule Your Reset

  • Follow the prompts. Click ‘Schedule’ and follow the instruction on the screen. You can also use the Sensi App to make any necessary changes.
  • Don’t forget to save. In order to ensure your changes went through, don’t forget to save everything.

Emerson Thermostat 80 Series

The following instructions work for the following models:

  • 1F85U-42PR
  • 1F83C-11NP
  • 1F85U-22PR
  • 1F83H-21NP
  • 1F83H-21PR
  • 1F85U-22NP
  • 1F85U-42NP
  • 1F83C-11PR

Factory Reset Instructions

  • Initiate the reset. Hold backlight and menu buttons to initiate the reset process.
  • Check the screen. After 3 to 5 seconds, the display will disappear and then come back. Once it comes back, the process is completed.

Hard Reset Instructions

If your screen isn’t responsive, then you’ll need to replace the batteries. Replacing the batteries should help fix the problem.

If the display is blank or not responsive, then remove the cover plate and replace the batteries. This should not impact the schedule or configuration. If this doesn’t change the fact, it’s unresponsive; then you’ll need to hire a professional or replace the thermostat.

Reset 12” Emerson Touchscreen Thermostat Blue Series

The following models are included:

  • 1F95-1291
  • 1F95-1277
  • 1F97-1277
  • 1F95-1280

This series also has a backlight and has programmable models as well as non-programmable ones. These models are suited for a heat pump, single and multistage systems as well as universal.

Indefinite Hold Reset

If your thermostat seems to be stuck on hold, then you’ll have to press the run schedule button to get it back onto the program.

Hard Reset Instructions

If the display is blank of the thermostat doesn’t respond, then you can hard reset it by following these instructions.

  • Remove the cover plate. Pull the batteries out for two minutes until the unit has reset.
  • Replace the batteries. Also, reinstall the cover plate.
  • Test the unit. The thermostat should now be fully operational. If not, then you may need to call a professional for assistance.

Important note: You may need to remove both the R and C wires from the terminals. Make sure you disconnect the circuit before messing with the wires.

Reset Blue Series 6” Emerson Touchscreen Thermostat

The models covered include:

  • 1F95-0671
  • 1F95-0680
  • 1F9EZ-0671

This includes an intuitive touchscreen that is compatible with heat pump systems, as well as single and multistage systems.

Resetting Schedule And Configuration

  • Queue the resetting process. Hold the up or down arrow with the fan button or system button at the same time and wait for the screen to go blank.
  • Watch the screen. The screen will come back on, and the clock, schedule, and all the settings should ow be reset.

Hard Reset Instructions

If the screen is acting up or isn’t functioning properly, you will need to do a hard reset.

  • Remove the cover plate. Take the wires from the R and C terminals or the RH and RC. Don’t short them together. Make sure you first isolate the circuit before doing this.
  • Take the batteries out. The batteries should be removed for two minutes so that the thermostat will reset.
  • Replace the components. Insert the batteries, wires, and cover plate. Make sure the wires are inserted properly for a stable connection.

Reset Blue Series 4″ Emerson Thermostat

Models covered include:

  • 1F85-0422
  • 1F83-0471

One of the models is programmable, while the other is not. They are both, however, universal and integrated automatic use for cooling and heating.

Schedule & Configuration Reset

  • Initiate the reset sequence. Pres up or down while holding the fan button
  • Watch the screen indicator. The screen will go blank then come back on. This means it’s been reset.

Hard Reset

If the thermostat is acting up, then you’ll need to do a hard reset.

  • Remove the cover plate. This can be done with just your hands, so you won’t need any tools.
  • Cut off the circuit. You need the power to stop going through the circuit so you can remove the wires.
  • Remove the R and C wires. Do not touch them together.
  • Take the batteries out. Let the batteries sit out for two minutes so that the thermostat can reset.
  • Replace the components. Put the wires back in the R and C terminals, as well as the batteries and cover plate.

Reset Blue Series 2″ Emerson Thermostat

The models included for this section include:

  • 1F80-0261
  • 1F89-0211
  • 1F80-0224
  • 1F89EZ-0251
  • 1F86EZ-0251
  • 1F82-0261

The 70 series have been upgraded and contain options of programable as well as non-programmable. However, the reset procedure will slightly vary depending on the model, so we’ve included both methods here.

Factory Reset (Method 1)

  • Queue the reset. Press the up and down arrows at the same time while pressing the time or “prgm” button. The screen will go blank.
  • Watch the screen. When it comes on, the settings, schedule, and clock will all be reset.

Factory Reset (Method 2)

  • Move the switch. Your switch should be in heat, Emer, or cool before proceeding.
  • Press the up or down button at the time as you hold the time button for 10 seconds.
  • Watch the screen. When the screen comes back, that means you have reset everything.

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Reset Line Voltage Digital Thermostat

These are simple to operate and more of a traditional digital thermostat. It is also effortless to reset.

Step 1: Hold the Buttons

Locate both arrow buttons and hold them down simultaneously.

Step 2: Push the Light Button

While holding down the arrow buttons, push the Light button. It is on the right side under the arrows on these models.

Step 3: Watch the Display

When the display screen comes back on, the thermostat is reset to factory settings.

What Model Do You Have Of The Thermostat?

The reset instructions you will follow depends on the model of the thermostat you have. You will need to know the model, which can usually be found on the back of the thermostat. This will allow you to follow the most accurate instructions.

To find your model number, look at the back of the cover plate on your thermostat; you will need to remove the plate in order to see it. You won’t need any tools to do that as your cover should be easy to pull off with your hands.

Resetting The Thermostat If It Is Stuck On Hold

If you notice your White Rodgers thermostat is stuck in the “hold” setting, no need to panic. It is an easy fix. When the hold setting gets stuck, the HVAC system will not change from the temperature it is set on.

You will have to take it out from the hold setting manually, and all the thermostats are the same way. Find the “Run Schedule and hold it for up to ten seconds. This will remove the “hold” setting on all models.

Troubleshooting White Rodgers Thermostats

Before any steps can get taken on resetting, it is essential to troubleshoot to find the problem. Most of the issues deal with inaccurate temperatures in the home. You want to make sure there is no short in the wiring before resetting anything.

  • Check all the breakers to make sure they have not been tripped or burned fuses. Check the outside box as well and make sure the switches are on. For the heater, check to make sure the pilot light is on.
  • Check the thermostat for the heater by raising the thermostat’s temperature over the actual room temperature. If the heater does not turn on, then you will need to reset the thermostat. Do the same for the AC but lower the temperature than the room’s actual temperature.
  • If the AC or heater runs continually, you will need to check for shorts in the wiring system. Another issue may be the fan switch is set for “Fan” instead of “Auto.”


With all of the different models of White Rodgers thermostats, resetting them can be a bit tricky. The method which you use to reset it will highly depend on your model. Find your model and the corresponding instructions by looking at the listed series.

If, after resetting your thermostat, it doesn’t take care of the problem, then this may be an indication of a much larger problem for which you will need to call a professional. We hope you’ve found this guide helpful!

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Heather Robbins
Heather Robbins

Heather is a passionate writer who loves anything DIY. Growing up, she learned everything from home repairs to design, and wants to share her tips with you. When she's not writing, she's usually hiking or searching for her next DIY project.

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