How much does it cost to replace a doorbell?

Knowing the cost before getting an estimate can equal big savings

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If your doorbell is more than a few years old, it might be time for a replacement. Replacing a doorbell costs $300 on average, but prices can range from $250 to $400. However, if you want to save some money, you could potentially replace it yourself. Here are some helpful tips on how to save money on your doorbell replacement.


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Replacing a doorbell can cost anywhere from $250 to $400.

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Labor typically costs between $150 and $250 for replacements.

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You can save hundreds of dollars by installing it yourself.

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Doorbell replacement costs

Labor for replacing your doorbell typically costs between $150 and $250, but more complex system installations can cost up to $350. The exact amount depends on the type of doorbell you're installing and the labor required to swap it out.

Here is the average cost of replacing a doorbell with parts and labor:

Doorbell replacement costs by type

Doorbells typically come in three different types: wireless, which costs anywhere from $20 to $80; wired, which costs $15 to $50; and smart, which costs $50 to $250.

If you are replacing a wired system, it will most likely cost more in labor than a wireless or smart doorbell. Additionally, installing a new wired system from scratch will cost considerably more than replacing one. However, if you choose a wireless or smart doorbell, you could potentially install it yourself and save hundreds of dollars in labor fees.

Here are the average costs for doorbells depending on the type:

Additional doorbell costs

Many smart doorbells require a monthly subscription for video sharing and 24/7 monitoring. Video-sharing subscriptions usually cost around $3 to $10 a month, and 24/7 monitoring subscriptions usually cost $20 to $40 a month.

Additionally, smart doorbells have a wide range of optional features that can increase your replacement costs. Doorbells with an intercom system or more than one monitor can cost up to $500, and models with features such as biometric identification can cost around $800.

Can you DIY a doorbell replacement?

If you replace your doorbell yourself rather than calling a professional, you could save hundreds of dollars in labor fees. If your home is already wired for a doorbell, replacing one is a fairly easy job.

However, a wireless or smart system may be the way to go if your home isn't set up for a wired doorbell. To install most systems, all you have to do is stick them to your door or attach them with a couple of screws. You can then finish setting them with your smartphone or computer.

When should a doorbell be replaced?

The life span of your doorbell greatly depends on your climate, humidity and the conditions your system has been exposed to. Wired doorbells usually last five to 15 years, while wireless and smart systems typically only last three to four years. So, if your doorbell has stopped working and has reached this age frame, it might be time for a replacement.

If your doorbell isn't quite that old yet and has stopped working, it may just need repairs. In some cases, you may just need a new transformer if your doorbell is wired or new batteries if it's a smart system. The button can even get clogged with dirt and buildup, making it difficult for your system to chime. So, before you replace your doorbell completely, check to see if it needs repairs first to save some money.

Does your home warranty cover doorbell repair or replacement?

Home warranties typically cover doorbells for normal wear and tear, as well as a wide range of systems and appliances. This means that you will only have to pay a deductible to replace your doorbell, and then your home warranty plan will cover parts, repairs and replacements.

It’s important to remember that many home warranties have limitations and exclusions, so there are some things the company won't cover. For example, many contracts exclude intercoms, video monitoring and security systems. Most plans also have coverage caps, meaning that the company will only pay up to a certain amount for repairs and replacements, and then you are responsible for the rest.

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    FAQ

    How long does a doorbell last?

    Wired systems typically last five to 15 years, but wireless and smart doorbells only usually last three to four years.

    Do I need to have my doorbell serviced regularly?

    Doorbells don't typically need to be serviced unless something is wrong with them. However, you may occasionally have to clean dirt and buildup off them to ensure the button works properly. Wireless and smart doorbells may also need battery changes or to be charged every few months.

    Do doorbells have a warranty?

    Most doorbells come with a one-year manufacturer warranty, but some brands have warranties for up to three years.

    Bottom line

    A functioning doorbell can effectively let you know when someone is at your home, and smart systems can protect it with intercoms and video monitoring. However, you might need a replacement if your doorbell is over five years old. Don't worry, though. You can save hundreds of dollars by replacing your doorbell or filing a home warranty claim.


    Article sources
    ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:
    1. Angi, “A Warm Welcome: What to Know About Doorbell Installation Costs.” Accessed May 9, 2024.
    2. American Home Shield, “Doorbell Warranty Coverage.” Accessed May 9, 2024.
    3. Ring, “One-Year Limited Warranty for Ring Devices." Accessed May 9, 2024.
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