Factory Defaulting a Kwikset Z-Wave Lock

Factory Defaulting a Kwikset Z-Wave Lock

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In this video, Joe shows users how to perform a factory default for a Kwikset Z-Wave Lock. Performing a factory reset will restore all the lock settings to their factory default values. You will need to reconfigure and reprogram the device from scratch. Keep this in mind before performing a default.

There are a few different situations in which you might want to factory default your Z-Wave lock. If you are taking over the lock from someone else, you might want to perform a factory default so that you are starting with fresh settings. You might also perform a factory default as a troubleshooting step if the lock is not performing correctly. However, it is usually done as a last resort only.

Once you perform a factory default, the action cannot be undone or reversed. Any added user codes will be deleted. The Master User Code for the lock will be reset to its factory default. Any Z-Wave settings will be cleared. You will need to go and re-add the lock to a Z-Wave network. Please note that you will most likely have to clear the lock before you can enroll it successfully.

In order to get full functionality out of the lock, you will want to re-add it to a Z-Wave network. This is done by putting the Z-Wave controller or hub into its inclusion mode and then activating the enrollment function for the lock. Remember to clear the lock from the network before doing this. The controller or hub should acknowledge that a new device has been added.

Pairing the lock with a Z-Wave network is a necessary step for controlling it remotely. Most Z-Wave hubs are associated with some application so that the user can control the connected Z-Wave devices remotely. For alarm systems doubling as Z-Wave controllers, this is often an interactive service platform like Alarm.com or Total Connect 2.0. The user will be able to access the app on their smartphone to control their Z-Wave lock.



Hi DIYers, Joe from Alarm Grid. And today, we're going to talk about how to factory default a Kwikset SmartCode 916 lock. Now this lock is a Z-Wave lock. There are many Z-Wave locks out there available on the market. And if you're moving to a new place, you may find that there's some actually installed on the doors. Whenever you do encounter this, though, the existing Z-Wave controller, or alarm system with the Z-Wave controller inside of it may be in the house, or may not be in the house. It could vary and change. Also, the previous renter/owner, they may not know the codes inside of the lock, or they may not be willing to give them to you. So you may be in a situation where you have a lock, you have the key for it, but you don't know any of the programming in the lock. And you're not able to include it to any of the controllers that you're installing in the house, or get it to work with anything that's existing there. In this situation, it's best to do a factory default on the lock, just to get it back to that fresh state as if it was right out of the box. Now, each Z-Wave lock that is out there, they're likely going to have a different procedure to do the factory default on them. None of them are difficult to do, but they're all unique enough where that one likely isn't going to work on another lock manufacturer. For example, the one that we're going to do today on this Kwikset SmartCode 916 is a little different than the other ones that you'll see on other lock manufacturers. Really, the best thing to do is that if you want to do a factory default on your lock, check out the lock model number. Go online, find the manual for it. Pull it up and check to see what the factory default process is for that lock. We have a lot of these manuals on our website, www.alarmgrid.com. And if we don't have them, there's a good chance that we'll be able to help you figure out how to perform this function. Now, this lock itself, on the back of it, you actually have to get inside the lock to do the factory default. And as you can see, we've taken the screws out. There's a screw thread on this side, and there's a screw thread on this side. Some locks may be able to be factory defaulted without needing to use a screwdriver. But there's a good chance that you're going to need a Phillips head screwdriver of some size-- likely going to be on a smaller size-- to do the factory default on the lock. So again, when you go to see the lock to check the model number of it, just look around and see what you're going to have to remove before you go to do the default, just to make your life a little easier. So on this Kwikset lock, doing the factory default is pretty easy. I've already removed the screws from the back plate. So I'm just going to remove this, put it to the side. So what we're going to do is we're going to take out the battery pack. We're going to press and hold the Program button. We're going to reinsert the battery pack. The lock's going to beep. The LED's going to flash. We're going to press the button again, then the LED is going to flash red and green, and then the lock's going to go through its handing process, which is where it figures out which side the doorjamb is on. Then the lock will be fully factory defaulted. So I'm going to take out the battery pack. Press and hold the Program button. There's still some power on the locks. I'm just going to let go ahead and press and hold it again. I'm going to put the pack back in. [HIGH PITCHED BEEP] Let go of the button. I'm going to press it one more time. [BEEP] And as you can see, the LED is flashing red and green. [BEEP] [BEEP] [WHIRRING] [BEEP] [WHIRRING] [BEEP] And the lock's just completed its handing process. That's how you factory default a Kwikset SmartCode 916 lock. If you do you have any questions about this process, though, about Z-Wave locks in general, Z-Wave compatibility, how to get them to work with your controller, or really, which one you should get, feel free to reach out to us. You can reach us on our website at www.alarmgrid.com. Give us a call at 888-818-7728, or send us an email to support@alarmgrid.com. Did you enjoy the video? Feel free to subscribe. And if you want to be notified when we post future videos, hit the notification button below, and we'll send you an update when we do so. Thanks for watching, and have a great day.