Updated on September 19, 2017
Yale Real Living Keyless Entry System Installation Guide and Product Review
Keyless entry systems are a must have for Airbnb hosts and the Yale Real Living keyless touchscreen deadbolt is an excellent option. With the ability to allow for flexible check in times and the elimination of the hassle of lost keys, keyless entry is the gold standard for Airbnb hosts. Installing a keyless entry system may sound complicated, but it’s actually quite simple. Here is a step by step installation guide for the Yale keyless touchscreen deadbolt as well as a detailed product review!
Yale Real Living Keyless Deadbolt Installation Guide
As you might have guessed, the Yale keyless entry system does come with installation instructions. While I consider the instructions to be quite good, the diagrams can be hard to visualize sometimes. I recently installed my second Yale touchscreen deadbolt and took a bunch of pictures along the way to help others simplify their installation!
Here are all the pieces from the box laid out. You can see the touchscreen in the middle which will face the outside of the house. The deadbolt panel (right) will be on the interior of the door. The deadbolt (top) will slide into the side of the door. The kit also comes with all the hardware you’ll need (bolts and screws), a deadbolt entry panel which will be installed in the opposite door jam, batteries, and keys for the lock as well.
Yale does have products that are keypad only. I much prefer the keypad and key combination as it offers more flexibility. Should your batteries go bad, you’ll have physical keys to get in your house! I also recommend having a master lock key storage box stored outside your house somewhere for occasions like this. If you or a guest encounters issues entering the home, you’ll have a physical key that you can access to let yourself in!
Remove Existing Deadbolt
For this installation, I first needed to remove the existing deadbolt. I simply unscrewed the two bolts from the inside of the house and the pieces easily pulled out of the door. Your door should look like this now.
Now let’s get started installing the Yale keyless entry system. First we need to install the deadbolt. This will slide into the door jam slot where the old deadbolt was. There are markings on the deadbolt that show you which direction is up. Make sure you get this correct or the assembly will not fit together!
To secure it, screw in the two screws on the side of the door and you’re done with this step.
If you removed a deadbolt, then the opposing door jam will already have a deadbolt entry point installed in it. I chose to leave this piece in place, but you can certainly remove it and installed the one from the Yale keyless entry system kit. It only requires two small screws to install (included in the hardware). If you do this, make sure it lines up flush with the deadbolt!
Secure Touchpad Panel
Next, place the front touchscreen panel on the front of the door. The prongs will line up and fit into the deadbolt you just installed. Feed the cable through the door as well. At this point, the keypad is not secured, but it will stay put.
Take the panel off the interior deadbolt and align it on the inside of the door. Use the two long bolts from the included hardware to fasten this panel and the front key panel to the door.
At the end of this step, the front of the door will have the firmly in place, and the interior door will look like this.
Install Interior Panel
We are almost done! Grab the interior panel shown here.
Attach the cable to the interior panel. There was a black sharpie mark on the cable and the panel. They should line up like this so that the orientation of this makeup is correct.
Fold the slack of the cable as needed so you can place the interior panel against the door.
Three small screws are needed to fasten this to the door. They may be difficult to see, so here are the locations of the screws.
Install Batteries and Program Keyless Entry System
The Yale Real Living touchscreen lock requires 4 AA batteries (included in the kit). Place them as shown here. Once the batteries are installed, you will hear “Welcome to Yale Real Living”. Follow the voice instructions to program your master code and any other codes you would like. You can always go back to change the master code or to add/remove existing codes.
Complete the installation by screwing on the battery cover.
Your keyless entry is all set up!!!
Yale Real Living Keyless Entry System Product Review
The Yale Real Living touchscreen lock installed in the above instruction is the Oil Rubbed Bronze color with product code YRD220-NR-0BP. This product review is for the YRD220 series of Yale locks which also include YRD220-NR-605 (polished brass color) and YRD220-NR-619 (satin nickel color).
Given that this is now the second of these Yale locks that I have now installed, I am a fan of the product, but there are some drawbacks that you should be aware of. I’ve been using the system for years and have encountered a few issues here and there that you should be aware of. Here’s my product review!
Installation – 4.5 Stars
What I really like about the installation of the Yale keyless entry system is its simplicity. There are not many parts in the assembly and I could probably have installed it without any instructions (although it would take a bit longer for sure!). That being said, I find the installation instructions included in the system to be above average in the realm of assembly instructions.
The main drawback to the installation of this lock is the size of the deadbolt casing. As it requires some mechanical parts, it is slightly larger than the deadbolt housing of a standard lock. Because of this, you may need to wide the dead bolt hole in the door jam to get this lock to fit. Some coarse sandpaper and a few minutes of work should be enough to widen it out.
Programming – 5 Stars
I really like the programming for this lock. It’s very intuitive and after I did it once, I’ve never had to refer back to the instructions. The lock has voice commands that hold your hand through the process making it very easy to follow along. Also, once you have programmed a new number, the lock flashes that number order back to you as a confirmation of what you entered. Adding or removing a new code takes me less than a minute!
Daily Use – 4.8 Stars
This lock is awesome for daily use. I do not carry a key with me any more (although I do have one locked up outside my house just in case). I have not had any issues with using the keypad from the outside. The only problems I’ve had is with using the manual deadbolt from the inside. Sometimes the dead bolt will not turn smoothly. It make require a bit more force to turn which may come with some clicking noises too. These noises sound worse than they are. My lock has been going strong for years!
A big positive in this category is the battery indicator light. A small red battery light will show up in the corner of the keypad when it’s time to change the batteries. I’m not sure how long you’ll have to change them, but a few days for sure.
Airbnb Guest Reviews – 5 Stars
My Airbnb guests absolutely love this lock. I get compliments about it all the time and it is mentioned in many of my Airbnb listing reviews. Many of my guests have never seen a keyless entry system and they are able to operate it with no problems at all. It’s definitely made a positive impact on my Airbnb business!
Value – 4.5 Stars
The Yale Real Living Touchscreen Deadbolt is not the cheapest keyless entry system on the market, but you are not getting a cheap product. It is intuitive, durable, and stylish. I personally have the satin nickel finish on my front door as it goes perfectly with my front door and porch aesthetics.
I hope this installation guide and product review for the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Deadbolt have been useful!