Wireless doorbell units are a popular option since not wiring is required. There are some things a homeowner can do to repair them and get them working properly. The fixes are inexpensive and simple.
Doorbells have been around ever since 1831. In the early nineteen hundreds they became practical and common. Chimes and bells are a newer development, it used to be a buzzer, are you old enough to remember?. Today, we consider doorbells to be standard item in a home. Knocking is still an option, it's just that not everyone thinks to do it.
Wireless units do not require internal hard wiring to operate. This is a great feature when you are retrofitting in an existing home. Remembering to change the batteries is the main drawback to this style of unit.
There are only a few things you can fix on a wireless doorbell, so a service call will run between $50 and $75 for an electrician to come out. You could be sold on a new system which might run $100 to $175 installed, even more for a high end system. The items that can be fixed are simple. So your savings could be from $50 to $175.
Wireless doorbells are the simplest ones to work on. When it can't be repaired, replacing the entire system is not that hard.
Check the batteries, both buttons and chime units have batteries. Replacing the button would be the next simple step. Although the buttons on a wireless unit need to match the chime unit.
Make sure you are working on a wireless unit. The batteries are the obvious clue. When the transmitter goes bad there is not much that can be done. Replacing the system is the only option. You can buy a whole new system for between $25 and $75, for a standard system, not the end of the world.
The 'Next' section discusses 'Checking Wireless Doorbell Batteries'. Check the 'Home Repair Topics Menu' at the top of the page, if this is not your problem.