How to Fix a Blank White Rodgers Thermostat

Posted October 13, 2023

You might have experienced the worry that comes with discovering your White Rodgers thermostat has gone blank. The good news is that usually, the unit can be brought back to life. In this blog, let's look at some ways to get your blank White Rodgers thermostat operating again.

Fixing a Blank White Rodgers Thermostat

Battery Failure

Many times, a thermostat will go blank due to a battery failure. Check your owner's manual on how to access, and change the batteries. Carefully follow the instructions on what type of batteries to use. Your thermostat will have a specific battery orientation, so be sure to understand in which position the batteries are installed before you replace them. If worn batteries were the issue, your White Rodgers thermostat should power back up right away.

Tripped Circuit Breaker

Another reason that a White Rodgers thermostat doesn't function is because your HVAC system's circuit breaker has been tripped. Breakers usually don't trip unless there is an issue, so it's important to find out why this has happened. Go to your home's circuit board and flip the breaker back to the on position. Check to see if power has been restored to the thermostat. If this doesn't resolve the issue, or if your breaker trips again, don't try to tackle the issue yourself. Call a qualified service technician to evaluate the situation.

HVAC Mode is Incorrect

If you have an older thermostat with a manual switch that has Heat, Cool, and Off modes, be sure that you have the switch in the correct position for the system you are trying to turn on. For example, if you are wanting to turn on the heat, but have the thermostat on Cool mode, the furnace will not start.

How to Restart a White Rodgers Thermostat

Here are a few of the most popular White Rodgers thermostat units and how to restore power to them.

Sensi Smart Thermostat

  • Find the Sensi app and download the resetting instructions. The app is compatible with both Apple and Android phones. You will also need WiFi during the resetting process.

Sensi Touch Screen Smart Thermostat

  • Press Menu on the control pad.
  • Press the About Thermostat option.
  • Press Factory Reset (personalized settings will remain).

  Classic 70 & 80 Series

  • Press the Up & Down buttons simultaneously with the Time Button.
  • Hold buttons until the screen reappears.
  • You may have to hold the buttons for 10 seconds for the reset process to complete.

Don't see your specific White Rodgers thermostat listed? Give us a call, and we can help direct you to the information you need.

A Word About Thermostat Wiring - Don't Touch it!  

Should you encounter a blank White Rodgers Thermostat, it is never advisable to attempt to alter the wiring that powers the unit. Wire maintenance should only be done by qualified and trained technicians. A homeowner who tries to fix their blank thermostat by altering the wiring can cause thousands of dollars of damage to their HVAC system.

ABC Electrical & HVAC Service is Here to Help!

If you develop a problem with your White Rodgers home thermostat, you can count on ABC Electrical & HVAC Service to come to the rescue! Our highly knowledgeable and experienced technicians are experts in the repair, replacement, and maintenance of all thermostats, regardless of brand. No matter what issue you have with your HVAC unit, our team has you covered! Contact ABC Plumbing, Sewer, Heating, Cooling, and Electric at (888) 868-6667 to learn more about how we can keep you and your family comfortable all year long! When you need heating or cooling service fast, you can depend on us to save the day!

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