Yale lock battery replacement (lock works after changing!)

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Last updated on November 7th, 2023 at 08:06 pm

While smart lock battery dies, you may need to change the battery on your Yale lock. Doing so is a simple process that can be completed in a few minutes. In this article, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to change the battery on your Yale lock.

How to replace Yale lock battery

Step 1: Identify Your Yale Lock Model

The first step is to identify the model of your Yale lock.

Different Yale lock models have different battery compartments, and it’s important to know which model you have before proceeding with the battery replacement.

You can usually find the model number on the back of the lock or in the lock’s user manual.

Step 2: Gather Your Tools


You will need a screwdriver, a new battery, and possibly a small pry tool to help remove the battery compartment cover.

Step 3: Open the Battery Compartment

battery compartment

Now it’s time to open the battery compartment. Use the screwdriver to remove any screws that are holding the battery compartment cover in place. If there are no screws, you may need to use a pry tool to gently remove the cover. Be careful not to damage the cover or the lock when removing it.

Step 4: Remove the Old Battery

remove batteries

Once the battery compartment is open, you can remove the old battery. Be sure to take note of the orientation of the battery before removing it, so you can replace it with the new battery correctly. Use your fingers or a small tool to gently lift the battery out of the compartment.

Step 5: Replace with a New Battery

Now it’s time to replace the old battery with a new one. Insert the new battery into the battery compartment, making sure it is properly oriented. Gently press down on the battery to make sure it is securely in place.

Step 6: Replace the Battery Cover

remove the battery cover

With the new battery in place, it’s time to replace the battery compartment cover. Line up the cover with the lock and gently press it into place.

  1. Remove the Existing Cover Plate

The next step is to remove the existing cover plate of the Yale lock. To do this, use your screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the cover plate in place. Once the screws are removed, you can carefully detach the cover plate from the lock.

2. Align the New Cover Plate

After removing the old cover plate, you need to align the new cover plate with the lock. Make sure that the new cover plate is the correct size and type for your Yale lock.

3. Attach the New Cover Plate

new cover plate

Once the new cover plate is aligned, you can attach it to the lock by inserting the screws back into the screw holes. Use your screwdriver to tighten the screws, but make sure not to overtighten them as this can damage the lock.

Step 4: Test the lock

test the lock

Finally, test the lock to make sure that it is functioning properly. If the lock does not function properly, double-check that the battery is inserted correctly and that the battery cover is securely fastened.

Things to do while replacing Yale lock battery

Common Mistakes to Avoid During Yale Lock Battery Replacement

  • Wrong battery type or size
  • Incorrect installation
  • Failure to reset the lock after battery replacement
  • Overlooking safety precautions

Compatibility of Yale Lock Batteries

  • Types of batteries compatible with Yale locks
  • Battery size and voltage requirements

Tips for Prolonging Yale Lock Battery Life

  • Regularly check battery level
  • Use high-quality batteries
  • Clean battery terminals
  • Avoid extreme temperatures

Signs Your Yale Lock Battery Needs Replacement

  • Beeping sounds
  • Lock not responding
  • Keyless entry pad not lighting up
  • Red light flashing

How to replace the Nest Yale lock battery?

You can replace or change your yale lock batteries with the bellowing steps.

  1. Ensure the door is open and the lock is in the unlocked position.
  2. Loosen the screw on the top of the battery cover with a Phillips head screwdriver.
  1. Remove the battery cover by sliding it from the yale lock.
remove the battery cover
  1. Take out the old batteries at once. 
take out the old battery
  1. Then insert the new 4 AA batteries. Ensure the correct polarity of the batteries.
4AA batteries
  1. Now put the battery cover back on.
battery cover
  1. Tight in the screws using the screwdriver again.
tight the screw

Yale lock not working after battery change


Many users of Yale came to experience that their Yale lock is not working after battery change. I sorted out why does it happen.

Below here I will provide some troubleshooting tips and solutions to get your lock working again.

How do I know if my Yale lock battery needs replacement?

Before we dive into troubleshooting, let’s briefly review whether you need to replace Yale battery or not. Yale locks are electronic, meaning they use batteries to power the lock’s motor and keypad.

When you enter your code, the lock’s motor moves the latch, allowing you to open the door. If your lock isn’t working after a battery change, there could be several reasons why.

Check Your Batteries

yale lock battery

The first thing to do when your Yale lock isn’t working after a battery change is to check the batteries themselves. It’s possible that the batteries you used were dead or low on power, to begin with.

Make sure the battery low sign isn’t the Yale false battery notification.

Try replacing them with fresh batteries and see if that solves the problem.

Check the Battery Contacts

If you’ve confirmed that the batteries are not the problem, the next thing to check is the battery contacts.

The battery contacts are the metal pieces inside the battery compartment that connect the batteries to the lock’s circuit board.

Over time, these contacts can become dirty or corroded, preventing the lock from working properly. Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe the contacts clean, or use a small brush to gently remove any debris.

Reset Your Lock

If the batteries and battery contacts are both functioning properly, the next step is to reset your Yale lock.

To reset it, remove the batteries and press the reset button located on the circuit board inside the battery compartment.

Hold the button down for 10 seconds, then release it.

Reinsert the batteries and try operating the lock again.

Check the Latch and Door Alignment

If your lock still isn’t working, the problem may be with the latch or door alignment. Yale locks use a motorized latch that moves in and out of the door frame to lock and unlock the door.

If the latch is jammed or obstructed, the lock won’t work properly.

Check the latch and make sure it moves freely.

You should also check the alignment of the door itself. If the door is misaligned, it may be preventing the latch from engaging properly.

Can I use third-party batteries for my Yale lock?

It is not recommended to use third-party batteries for your Yale lock.
Yale, like many other smart lock manufacturers, recommends using specific batteries to ensure optimal performance and longevity of the lock. Using third-party batteries may result in the lock not functioning correctly or not providing accurate battery life information. It may also void the manufacturer’s warranty.

How often should I replace the battery in my Yale lock?

Yale recommends checking your lock’s battery life every 6 months and replacing the batteries when the battery indicator shows that the battery is low. Depending on the usage and the type of battery used, the lifespan of the battery can range from several months to a couple of years.

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