Resetting a Digital Thermostat

Person adjusting digital thermostat
Last updated: 9/16/2023

Recently found yourself frustrated by the inability to achieve a comfortable temperature in your home? If you're cranking the thermostat on your HVAC system up or down, but not achieving the desired results, your thermostat may need a reset. Figuring out how to reset a digital thermostat is not difficult. Learn how with the help of Aire Serv and the expertise of our many HVAC services.

Why Does My Thermostat Need to be Reset?

Anytime you suspect an issue with your HVAC system, resetting the thermostat should be your first course of action. Like personal electronics such as tablets and phones, sometimes these devices need a reset. This is especially true when the thermostat has been acting up following a sudden power cutoff – or you've been out of town and your children's behavior has led to some less-than-desirable in-home climate changes.

How to Reset a Thermostat

The precise directions for resetting a thermostat will vary somewhat by model. Luckily, there are tons of online and video resources offering tutorials on how to reset a thermostat from manufacturers, HVAC professionals, and even handy homeowners. For many units, the following steps may help you achieve a successful reset. For more precise directions, however, note your thermostat model number and visit your manufacturer's website or owner's manual for details.

  • Battery Flip-Flop
    With some units, the homeowner can install the batteries backward for five seconds to reset.
  • Paper Clip Push
    Some units have a recessed reset button that can be pushed with a paper clip, held for five seconds, and then released.
  • Circuit Break Circumvention
    For some thermostats, a little extra effort may be necessary. Turn your thermostat to the 'off' position... Then venture off to your home's breaker box. Find the breaker to your HVAC system, flipping it 'off'. Make sure the breaker is flipped all the way 'off,' then wait for 30-seconds. Turn the breaker back 'on.' Return to the thermostat control panel and flip the thermostat back into the 'on' position. Finally, set the mode (heat/cool) and the temperature paying careful attention to the flow of conditioned air.

Ensuring Optimal Comfort and Savings

After resetting your thermostat, carefully consider settings. In the wintertime, when your home is occupied, a setting of 68-degrees (or cooler when you're sleeping beneath the blankets of your bed) can keep you warm and save you money. In the summer, a temperature of 78 is preferable. In all seasons, set back the temperature 10-15-degrees while you're away from the home. Every degree you turn back the temperature can help you keep 1% of your energy bill in your pocket.

If your thermostat is still stuck, we encourage you to forgo the battle, ensuring a rapid reset or thermostat replacement with the help of a knowledgeable Aire Serv® professional today.