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.

Not sure if this is your problem? See the article 'Fixing and Troubleshooting Doorbells' for more information.

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.

Wireless Doorbell Repair - Information

What Can You Save?

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.

How Hard Could It Be?

Wireless doorbells are the simplest ones to work on. When it can't be repaired, replacing the entire system is not that hard.

These repairs will have a Difficulty Level of: A Bit of Work
These repairs require a Skill Level of: Handyman
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Check the Simple Things!

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.

What Can Go Wrong?

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.

Troubleshooting Wireless Doorbells

'Replacing Doorbell Batteries' covered the most common problem with wireless doorbells. Both the chime unit and the doorbell buttons have batteries.

Wireless doorbell buttons are fairly fragile and exposed to the elements. It is likely they will fail over time. The article 'Fixing Wireless Doorbell Buttons' explained what you need to do.


When the unit fails there is not a lot you can do to repair it. 'Replacing Wireless Doorbells' talked about this topic.


Hopefully you have been successful in solving your wireless doorbell problem. Your guests will be able to push the button and you will know that they are there. How cool is that?