How to Replace a Wireless Doorbell Button
Wireless doorbells are really cool.
Sure, you could have a hardwired doorbell, but those can be difficult to install due to all of the wiring and electrical work.
On the other hand, if you do not have a doorbell at all, you might not hear it when somebody knocks on your door.
This is why there is now the wireless doorbell.
The advantage is that they are very easy to install, and they often feature highly portable receiver speakers.
However, the buttons for these wireless doorbells may get physically damaged, they could run out of battery life, weather and water could damage them, or the wireless function might stop working.
If this is the case, you will need to replace the button. How to replace a wireless doorbell button is what we are here to discuss today.
How to Replace a Wireless Doorbell Button: Step by Step
Ok, so you need to replace the button for your wireless doorbell, but don’t know how to do it.
There are only a few things to keep in mind, so let’s take you through a step-by-step process on how to get this job done.
- The first thing that you will need to do is to disconnect or remove the old wireless doorbell button. Depending on how it has been mounted, this could be as easy as pulling it off the sticky mounting pad, or you might have to unscrew the screws on a mounting bracket. If you have it hardwired into the existing doorbell wiring, you will need to undo the wiring. At any rate, you have to remove the old doorbell ringer first.
- The next step here is to choose the right wireless doorbell button to replace it with. More often than not, you cannot just use any old wireless doorbell button. It has to be one that is compatible with the receiver you have. Now, for the most part, you will probably have to purchase the same model and button you had before, just to make sure that it does work with your receiver. However, in some cases, depending on the frequency and universality of the button in question, you might be able to find one from a different brand name, or a generic one, which works with multiple receivers.
- Now that you have purchased your new wireless doorbell button, you need to install and mount it. First off, choose the right place to mount it. Generally speaking, wireless doorbell buttons tend to be weather resistant, but not totally waterproof, so try to put it somewhere where it will not be directly exposed to the rain. How you mount it is going to depend on the type of wireless doorbell button you have. Some come with sticky pads for easy mounting, some come with brackets and screws, and some may even be wired into the existing doorbell wiring. How you will mount it depends on what kind of button you get, so be sure to follow the instructions that come with the button.
- Now you can make sure that the wireless doorbell button works, which at first has to do with setting the right frequency. Once the receiver and the doorbell button are on the same wireless frequency, they should sync up on their own. Just test it out for yourself to see that everything is connected properly.
Why Replace a Wireless Doorbell Button?
There are various reasons why you might need to replace a wireless doorbell button.
For one, it might have run out of battery life, and yes, there are some which do not have replaceable batteries and need to be replaced as a whole once the batteries die.
What is often the case is the frequency transmitter wears down and breaks, so this will call for a new button as well.
Moreover, many cheaper wireless doorbell buttons are not too great in terms of being resistant to extreme conditions, so this may cause you to have to replace it as well.
That, or maybe you just want one that looks better or different from your old one.
As you can see, replacing a wireless doorbell button is really not that hard.
It should only take you a few minutes to remove the old one, and another few minutes to mount the new one.