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How to Change Batteries on Your Yale Door Lock

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It’s always a good idea to keep a few spare batteries on hand, and it’s especially important if you have a Yale Door Lock. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to change the batteries on your Yale Door Lock.


A Yale door lock is an excellent security solution for your home or business. It combines a numerical key code with a traditional key to provide enhanced control over who can access the premises. However, like any electronic device, it eventually requires new batteries to keep it running efficiently. Fortunately, changing them out is a relatively straightforward procedure that requires just a few simple tools. In this guide, we will discuss how to change the batteries on your Yale door lock and what precautions you should take when doing so.

What You Need

Changing the batteries on a Yale Door Knob lock is a simple process, but it’s important to make sure you have everything you need first. You’ll need a flathead screwdriver, a pen, and a new set of batteries. Additionally, you may need a Phillips head screwdriver depending on the type of lock. It’s essential to have all the necessary tools and materials in place before starting this process. Let’s take a look at what else is needed.

Phillips screwdriver

A Phillips screwdriver is an essential tool for changing the batteries in most types of digital door locks. It has a cross-shaped blade, making it easy to insert and turn into the battery compartment of your lock. Make sure that the type of screwdriver you choose is compatible with the screws securing your lock. You can usually determine this by looking at the shape of each screw head and matching it with a Phillips screwdriver. In many cases, standard or mini sizes are suitable for replacing digital door lock batteries.

AA batteries

Many Yale electronic locks require AA batteries in order to operate. It is important that you select the correct type of battery for your lock, as this will have an effect on the life expectancy of the device.

AA alkaline batteries are usually recommended for most devices and generally last for up to a year or longer depending on usage. High-performance NiMH rechargeable AA batteries may also be used in select models and should provide longer-term use than standard alkaline batteries but will require charging as necessary. Additionally, lithium AA batteries may also be used but are usually only suitable for low temperature or low power applications.

When replacing your batteries, make sure that you dispose of them safely according to any local regulations and ensure that you follow all instructions provided with the device carefully before attempting to change the battery yourself.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Changing the batteries on a Yale door lock is a simple and straightforward process. With the right tools and knowledge, you can easily complete this task in no time. In this section, we’ll provide step-by-step instructions on how to change the batteries on your Yale door lock. All you need is a screwdriver and fresh batteries to get started. Let’s dive into the details!

Remove the screws holding the battery cover in place

Before you begin, it’s important that you have all the tools and batteries required for your model of Yale lock. Depending on the type of lock you have, the battery cover may require a Phillips head screwdriver or a flat head screwdriver to remove the screws holding it in place. Make sure to find the correct size. Once you’ve found and removed all the screws, carefully lift up and slide off the battery cover from your Yale lock.

Take out the old batteries

To begin removing the old batteries, use a thin-bladed screwdriver to carefully remove the two side screws located on the bottom of the lock and then carefully pry the case open. Once it is open, you will be able to access and remove the old batteries. Make sure that you make a note of which battery terminals were connected before removing them, so that you will know how to position the new batteries later. Use a small paintbrush or similar tool to lightly dust away any built up debris from around and within the battery compartment walls.

Insert the new batteries

1. Ensure the door is locked or, if the lock is equipped with a thumbturn, thumbturn should be in the down (locked) position.

2. Gather the tools needed to remove the battery cover plate found on the interior side of your Yale Door Lock. You will find it near the bottom of your lock just right above where you insert and turn your key to open/unlock your door. You may need a Phillip’s Screwdriver to unscrew the screws holding the battery cover in place before you are able to remove it entirely.

3. Remove all old and fatigued batteries from your Yale Door Lock; discard properly as per local regulations for disposal of batteries and electronic items

4. Set up two new AA alkaline batteries in your Yale Door Lock, inserting each one into its assigned opening observed on each side and making sure they are oriented in vertical position or vice versa depending on how they fit best into each opening; ensure that plus-side (+) and minus-side (-) firmly connect

5. Once all connection have been made, replace and secure back previously removed battery cover plate; close tightly with all screws that had been holding it originally in place

6.Test how well connection was maintained: warmly welcome yourself back home by using one-time access code for door unlocking via numeric buttons on exterior part of Yale Door Lock

Replace the cover and screws

Once the new batteries have been installed in the door lock, replace the cover and screws. First, align the plastic cover on the opposite side of where you removed it. Secure the plastic cover with two screws using a Phillips screwdriver. Make sure that the left side of the screws is flush against the wall to avoid scratching or damaging it. For an extra secure fit, use a small amount of glue or locking compound around each screw before replacing them.

Once both screws are securely fastened, test your newly changed Yale door lock and make sure that it is able to detect your personal code and unlock as expected. If you notice an issue, return to step 2 of these instructions and double check that all wires are correctly connected.


Replacing the batteries in your Yale door lock regularly is an important part of ensuring that your locks always work properly. In this guide, we discussed the best methods for changing and maintaining the batteries in your Yale locks, including which type of battery to use, as well as how frequently to change them. Ultimately, regular maintenance of all door hardware and accessories helps to maximize security and protection for your home or business. We hope that this guide has been helpful in helping you get started with replacing Yale door lock batteries.

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