Unlock your LUX TX500E Programmable Thermostat

I just recently locked myself out of our LUX TX500E thermostat and couldn’t figure out how to unlock it. This created a problem because it was 95 degrees outside! And we couldn’t turn our air back on… so in a frantic I searched the internet up and down until I finally found the user manual.

For those of you who locked yourself out … the combination to unlock is > NEXT, NEXT, NEXT, HOLD

After pushing that series, voila! You should be good to go.

Another thing I found out how to do is set the programs for this thermostat. It’s a little overkill but very helpful to save some money and monitor the temperature at you house. There are two programs you are able to set > Weekday (Mon-Fri) and Weekend (Sat, Sun) To set these programs up, move the dial from Run to the ‘Set Weekend Program’ (or ‘Set Weekend Program’) and you will be able to select what temperature the house should be at during that specific time. The reason I mentioned that this is a little overkill is because you have the ability to set Morning, Day, Evening, and Night for every single day. But if you just set it for Monday, I realized that it saves for all the other days which is nice. So I just went through and selected my temps for each option.

Below is a sample of what yours might look like…

Morning (8:45 AM) 72 degrees, Day (10:00 AM – if you work during the day, you could let it go for awhile) 76 degrees, Evening (4:00 PM) 70 degrees, and Night (10:00 PM) 71 degrees.

I used to think the TX500E thermostat was hard to use, but after messing with it and actually reading some instructions it is a very helpful tool for heating and cooling your house/apartment.

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43 thoughts on “Unlock your LUX TX500E Programmable Thermostat

    1. dragonmaster198577

      Omg same problem except it is 2 Degrees outside I am in a camper, and the wind is out of the North at 6MPH, I was trying to get the heater to come on when I got home from work, then it was 11 Degrees, but I couldn’t get it to work, so I assumed I was out of LP gas.. Well I checked the furnace and found that it had a pilot light on, so I knew something else was wrong.. THe controls were not responding and there was a padlock Icon on the Screen.. That was when I realized it was the Thermostat Locked.. Searched the internet and this was the first place that came up.. THank god for that.. Phew.. I was piling blankets on me and sitting on a heating pad.. Burning Candles.. Burr So cold.. That OP is awesome and I thank him.. 44 Degrees in here now and rising..

  1. stephanie

    Omg thank you! We locked ourselves out last night and it was below 0 with no heat! I froze the whole night! You are a life saver!!

  2. Linda

    Thank you so much! I misplaced my manual that came with this thermostat so this was so helpful! I have printed it out and put it by my thermostat.

  3. Peggy

    Just wanted to say thank you. It took me a few minutes to get this to work, because the unit was on off. In order for this to work thermostat must be ON mode. Thank you again.

  4. John Kovats

    I just moved in to a home with the LUX X500E thermostat. It has no manual and the unlock code next,next,next,hold failed to remove lock icon on the screen. With three girls and a wife, i have no idea what happened to it, buttons frozen and A/C runniing @ 72 my only control is to turn it off. I have a flashing alert to change filter…checked it , it’s immaculate. Stumped and going broke as i type, do you have any insight as to what this is?

  5. joe

    can’t thank you enough. dont know why i didnt check the internet sooner. we were without a/c for 2 weeks in my downstairs zone. thought i had a broken fan. luckily i read your blog prior to the repair company showing up.

  6. Sweating Dorothy

    I know this is sorta old, but thank you, thank you,THANK YOU!!!! I am house sitting for a very injured friend who is in the hospital…in Kansas, in LATE AUGUST (AKA HOTHOTHOT) and when I changed the filter, I clearly locked myself out…I was freaking out. Googled the model with “locked out”, and viola! This was a life saver!!

  7. Patricia Rouelle

    Have been trying to figure out problem w/LUXts500E for over a month,first replaced batteries,filters,but still can’t program a/c fan and heat are flashing. Please advise what to do-61 degrees is too cold.

  8. katie g

    It’s currently 5 degrees outside and I couldn’t figure out why my thermostat was dropping and not letting me change the numbers. Thank you for saving me from getting hypothermia tonight!!!

  9. BOB

    Googled, “how to unlock thermostat lux.” You were third on the list and the first I chose. So simple! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  10. Elizabeth Hawthorne

    thank you I actually liked being locked out it was set for the same temp every day so it was always 71 kept everyone from playing the up and down game with the thermostat alot but it was just too cold when the huge cold front with -30 below wind chills decided to come thru

  11. Susan

    This was extremely helpful! I had a similar problem to the writer – it was going to get mighty hot if I couldn’t unlock the thermostat. And I had no idea what I did. Thanks so much for the help!

  12. Liz

    Thank you for helping me out. I wasn’t in dyer need because it’s freezing here and it’s locked at 67 but I hate to leave it at 67 all day and night….gets costly. My question is how the heck does it get locked? The only thing I did was set up a weekday program and the next day it displayed the lock icon, Any ideas?

  13. Amanda

    Oh I can’t thank you enough…..locked myself out. Fine when it was 40 degrees out now getting into the teens. Last thing you want to do is have to tell your husband you “broke it!”

  14. thx

    You are my hero! When I typed “tx500e” into google search, the first thing it suggested was “tx500e locked”, and this was the first hit. Score 1 for the internets. Thanks!

  15. Dan

    Thank you random person for posting this on the internet, because without your informative post, I’d still be locked out of my thermostat!

    House is comfy again, thanks to you.

  16. Jason

    Thank you!!! 20 seconds and had it fixed and I looked like a genius!!! Much appreciation and gratitude for being precise!

  17. Karen

    Oh Thank you!!!! Hubby punched a bunch of buttons and locked our thermostat not knowing how to undo it. No manual. So I googled and found your article and am SO grateful. I don’t know why the info isn’t more out there online. But thank you so much.

  18. shelli

    i think the guy who put this sight up is a really good person in our eyes,maybe not so much to the heating and cooling dude we would be calling instead.But who these days can afford the H&C guy who would charge who knows how much to hit next next next hold? RIght.? you are my hero !! THANKS AGAIN YOU HAVE SAVED ME ALOT OF GRIEF AND $$$

  19. Ved

    Thanks for this – even the engineer who came to verify the heater didn’t know the unlock sequence. I googled and it now works..

  20. sandra

    Wow!!!!! Thanks a lot!!! I just moved in to my apartment and couldn’t get thermostat to unlock!!!! Your a blessing! !! Thank you for your info and wisdom!!!!!

  21. Gerald

    Thank you for the information. We were without heat all nite. Called my heating installer but didn’t know when he was coming.Looked it up and there it was, the code. thank you sooo much.


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