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How to Reset Your Honeywell Alarm System

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If you need to reset your Honeywell alarm system , follow these simple steps. We’ll show you how to easily get your system up and running again.

Preparing for the Reset

Resetting your Honeywell alarm system can be a daunting task, but if you take the right steps, the whole process can be relatively simple. It is important that you prepare your alarm system beforehand to ensure everything goes smoothly during the reset. This includes making sure your power is disconnected, identifying the make and model of your alarm system, and having your manual handy. Let’s take a closer look at each step in the preparation process.

Disarm the system

Before performing a full reset on your Honeywell alarm system, it is imperative that you disarm the system first. This can be done by entering your passcode on the keypad and pressing the ‘Disarm’ button. When successful, the armed/disarmed indicator light will turn off, indicating that the system has been disarmed.

If you are unable to enter a passcode, consult with your local dealer or Honeywell representative to provide assistance in resetting the code. It may be necessary to disconnect power to the security system in order to complete a code reset.

Disconnect the power to the system

Before resetting your Honeywell Alarm System, it is important to disconnect the power supply to ensure that no electric shocks or circuits are broken during the process. You can disconnect the power supply by unplugging the transformer from any power source. After doing this, make sure all components of your alarm system are disconnected from each other. This includes wires, plugs, and other connections that may be attached to each other. Once all components have been disconnected, you can proceed with resetting your system.

Resetting the System

Resetting your Honeywell alarm system is a necessary step to take if you want to make changes to your system such as adding or deleting users. It is also a great troubleshooting step if something isn’t working properly with your system. There are a few different ways to reset your Honeywell alarm system, and each method has its own specific instructions. Let’s go over all the different methods available to you.

Remove the back cover of the control panel

Before beginning the reset procedure, locate and remove the back cover of your control panel. This will require a Phillips screwdriver to remove the security screws. Once removed, locate the system’s programming switches. On some systems, this may require an additional adjustment with a small screwdriver or other tool. Make sure to note which switches are set in what position before adjusting them – it’s helpful to make a pencil mark if you won’t be able to remember their original location.

Once all switches are unset, put the back cover on firmly and press the * (star) key followed by 8-0-0 on your key pad. The alarm should now be reset and any codes and/or settings which were previously programmed will no longer be available

Locate the reset switch and press it

In some cases, when you want to reset your Honeywell Alarm System, all you need to do is locate the reset switch. Depending on your system type, this can be found in different locations. For the Lyric and Wi-Fi Security Systems, the reset switch is typically located near the backup battery. On other systems like Vista Series or LYNX Touch it’s often on the circuit board inside the control panel enclosure.

Once located, press and hold the reset switch for 10 seconds until you hear a short beep sound. This indicates that your system has been reset successfully and is ready to program again with your new preferences. Be sure to refer to your alarm’s user manual before attempting a system reset procedure – some models may require additional steps or warnings prior to initiating a complete system reset.

Re-connect the power to the system

When the power is disconnected from the system (or has been disconnected for an extended period of time), you will need to reconnect the power to reset the Honeywell Alarm System. To do this, locate the plug next to your Honeywell alarm system. Depending on the model of your system, there will either be a plug with two or three pins.

To reconnect the power and reset your Honeywell alarm system, start by unplugging it from its wall socket. Make sure all connections have been properly disconnected before you proceed. Once it is unplugged, insert one end into its corresponding wall socket and plug in the other end into where you had previously located it in order for power to reach your Honeywell Alarm System again. Wait until you hear repeated keypad beeps before pressing any buttons so that all components in your system recognize that power is back on.

Re-Programming the System

In order to reset your Honeywell Alarm System, you will need to re-program the system. This can be done by pressing the “Program” button twice followed by entering your four-digit access code. Once the code is entered, you will be able to reset the system and make changes to any settings. Let’s examine the process in more detail.

Enter the master code

To begin resetting the Honeywell alarm system, you must have access to the main control panel. From there, you can enter the master code to unlock the system and begin programming. Once you have entered the correct code and have logged in, you should be able to view all settings currently assigned to your system. Depending on your model, there may be various types of codes with varying levels of access.

The master code is usually a 4- or 6-digit number that is unique to your specific alarm system. This code gives users full access to all features and settings within the Honeywell alarm interface enabling them to make alterations or perform a factory reset of their device. A few things that can be done using this code are disabling/enabling or adding/deleting zones from existing systems as well as assigning user codes for individual family members or visitors with access.

It’s important to properly store and protect your master code in order for it not to fall into malicious hands which can then be used for malicious purposes such as an unwanted intrusion or home invasion. In addition, it’s suggested that users change their Honeywell alarm systems’ main code every now and then in order further strengthen security.

Enter the user codes

Before beginning any procedure to reset the alarm system, make sure to enter the user codes. Your system should contain at least one or more factory installed user codes. You will be required to enter these codes whenever starting the reset process.

If you are unsure of the code, check your user manual or contact a qualified Honeywell dealer who has access to the programming codes. If you have multiple users, then each code must be entered separately into the system before initiating any change procedures.

Once all user codes are entered into your Honeywell alarm system, you can begin the reset process by doing one of the following: pressing and holding down the Reset button until an on screen pop-up message shows; pressing and holding down a “status” key or special function keys together; entering a sequence of buttons in order; using a master code; or using a physical reset button on some versions if available. Make sure to follow proper instructions for what type of reset you require in order to complete desired changes without compromising any existing settings or programming functions. Follow instructions carefully and remember to change your user code(s) after completing any necessary changes.

Program the system settings

Programming the system settings is an important step of resetting your Honeywell alarm system. Depending on your particular system and model, there will be different options to choose from when programming the settings. General settings are necessary for basic operations, such as setting times of arm/disarm, power saving mode, and arming delay time. Advanced settings may include burglar alarm types and zones, as well as home automation functions like activating lights when motion is detected or using a timer for certain devices. You can consult user guides or online forums for additional information about specific advanced settings for individual systems. After programming all the needed settings, you’ll be ready to start resetting your Honeywell alarm system.

Testing the System

Before you reset your Honeywell alarm system, it is important to make sure that it is working properly. To do this, you will need to test the system by triggering the alarm and seeing how it responds. This will help you identify any potential issues so that you can fix them before you reset the system. Let’s take a look at how to test the system.

Arm and disarm the system

Arming and disarming your Honeywell alarm system is the most basic way to control it. When you’re away, you can arm the system to detect any intruders that try to break in. When you arrive, disarm the system to disable the sensors and lower monitoring costs.

The process involved to arm and disarm your Honeywell alarm system will vary depending on the specific model that you have. There are generally three ways of arming and disarming your system: using a keypad, using a TAG device, or using an app on your smartphone.

To arm/disarm using a keypad:
1) Enter your four-digit security code into the keypad located next to your front door
2) Press “Arm” or “Disarm” on the keypad
3) Enter your four-digit security code again
4) The LED lights on the keypad will change from red to green if successful

To arm/disarm using a TAG:
1) Wave your TAG over the reader located next to your front door
2) The LED lights on the reader will change from red to green if successful

To arm/disarm with an app:
1) Launch ‘Honeywell’ app (ensure Bluetooth is enabled on smartphone)
2) Tap ‘Arm’ or ‘Disarm’ option in app menu bar
3) A push-notification alert should be sent confirming success or failure

Test the sensors

Once the code has been changed and all sensors are correctly connected, it is important to test the system to ensure that it is ready for use. Testing the sensors involves opening each door and window in turn, allowing the sensors to trigger a signal and alert the control panel. After each opening has triggered an alert, test that the appropriate siren responds on both low and high volume. Finally, test the panic buttons on any key-fobs that come with your system. Doing this ensures that your alarm will be activated in case of unwanted intruders or an emergency situation. The control panel’s backlight should also be checked to confirm that it lights up when pressed. Remember to also check motion detectors if included in your system, activating them as you walk in their range. If all tests are successful then your Honeywell alarm system is ready for use.

Check the keypad functions

The keypad of the Honeywell alarm system is the primary device used to operate the system and should be checked periodically to make sure it is functioning correctly. To test the keypad functions, simply press any number from 0 to 9 on the keypad and wait for a confirmation from the system. If you receive a confirmation tone, then it’s operating properly. However, if you do not get a response, then you may have to reset your alarm system.

To reset your Honeywell alarm system, open up its control panel and locate the emergency or reset button on it. Press this button until you hear a chime or voice message indicating that your system has been successfully reset. After completing this process, check that all of your programming settings are still correct in the main menu and confirm that the keypad buttons are now working as desired. Lastly, turn off the main power switch and make sure everything is up-to-date before arming your home security system again.


If you are having difficulty with your Honeywell alarm system, there are a few steps you can take to try and reset it. You can try resetting the system using the keypad by entering a code, or you can try resetting the system using the alarm system’s reset button. Here’s how to reset your Honeywell alarm system using both methods.

Check the system wiring

When troubleshooting a Honeywell alarm system, the first step is to check all of the wires connected to the control panel, sensors and keypads. Make sure all connections are secure and that no wires have come loose. Pay particular attention to any terminal strips on your main control panel, as these are often home for loose wiring connections. In some occasions, corrosion can build up over time and require cleaning before the system will operate correctly. When checking wiring connections, you may need a voltmeter for testing voltage between terminals or where sensors connect. Alternatively, if you have a wireless system, check that your wireless receivers are properly situated in order to receive good signal from all transmitters in range.

Check the battery power

The first step in troubleshooting your Honeywell alarm system is to check the battery power. This is important for any system, as a weak or failing battery can cause numerous problems, including intermittent false alarms or system shutdowns. To check the 12-volt backup battery, start by removing the panel cover. You will see three lights at the bottom of the panel – normally these will be green, but if one of them illuminates red or flashes randomly, this indicates a power issue and you should contact a professional for repair.

Next, take out the battery pack (by gently disconnecting it from its connector) and attach it to a battery tester to ensure that it has enough charge. If it has insufficient power, consider replacing it with a fresh one before attempting to reset your alarm system. Make sure that you get a compatible replacement battery from an authorized dealer – using third-party batteries may void your warranty!

Check the system settings

Before resetting your Honeywell alarm system, you may want to check the system settings to ensure that all of the sensors and other components of your alarm system are properly set up. You can do this by pressing the “Security” button on the keypad and then entering your code. Once you have done this, you will be able to review each of the settings and sensors, as well as configure any additional features such as automatic chime notifications or panic buttons. It may be beneficial to walk through the entire security process in order to note any areas that need updated or changed. Doing so before resetting may help you identify any underlying problems before they get worse and require a more radical reset.

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