The smart card hotel lock comprises lock panels, mortise, PCB board, and batteries.
1, RFID Hotel Lock Panel
The RFID key card hotel lock panel is divided into front and back panels. The front panel comprises a hotel lock mainboard, an exterior door handle, and a mechanical lock cylinder.
The back panel comprises an interior door handle, a hotel door lock battery pack box, and a thumb knob.The front and back panels are connected by two handle spindles inserted in the lock mortise and then joined by fixing screws at four corners.
The exterior handle can be used and opened after reading the card, and the interior door handle can open the door at any time from inside.
2, RFID Hotel Lock Mortise
The lock mortise is the core component of the hotel RFID lock, responsible for the hotel lock’s main locking work.The deadbolt is controlled by the thumb knob of the interior handle, and the handle on the front and back panels governs the lock latch bolt.
The mainboard is connected to the lock mortise, which is connected to the battery for the power supply.
3, PCB board of RFID hotel lock
The main PCB board of the RFID hotel lock is the core component, which can control the work of the entire hotel lock, such as controlling the operation of swiping the card, the work of the lock cylinder, and the work of the battery.
5, Hotel Door Lock Batteries
The hotel lock battery is the basis for controlling all the electric work of the hotel lock. The battery is essential to make the RFID hotel lock system work normally.
The above is a simple description of the hotel lock structure.
Typical Hotel Door Lock System Problems and Troubleshooting
Now, let’s divide hotel lock FAQs into two broad categories: Hotel lock not working and hotel room key not working
Hotel Lock Not working Problems and Troubleshooting
Hotel door lock problem 1: The door is opened without pressing the handle after it is closed.
It may be that the lock strike of the hotel door lock is not installed correctly, causing the latch bolt to fail to pop out or the latch bolt to be inflexible and unable to pop out.
The hotel door lock battery is insufficient. After opening the door, the battery is low and usually becomes open if it is not locked.
Adjust the lock strike to the correct position.
Replace the hotel lock battery.
Hotel door lock problem 2: the hotel door lock handle cannot be automatically returned.
The door leaf opening is skewed or too small, and the lock mortise is twisted after the panel is installed, causing the handle shaft not to move smoothly;
The handle shaft hole is too small. When the handle is turned, the screw that fixes the handle on the panel will touch the door leaf;
The panel installation is skewed, causing the square handle rod to always be under force;
Correct the door opening;
Enlarge the handle shaft hole;
Adjust the position of the panel;
Hotel door lock problem 3: alarm after closing the door, stop after 30 seconds, and the red light will flash for a while
The handle hole of the panel is too small, and the handle is obstructed and cannot return automatically;
The position of the gusset plate on the door frame is not installed correctly, causing the diagonal tongue to be unable to extend or not open;
The door opening is too small, or there are foreign objects on the sidewall, which hinder the movement of the inclined tongue assembly, resulting in the willing tongue cannot be extended or incompletely extended (see the extension length for details);
Expand the handle hole;
Adjust the position of the buckle box cover (usually move inward to the centerline of the wall);
expand the door opening or clean up foreign objects;
Hotel door lock problem 4: The red light keeps flashing and alarms after opening the door
Problem analysis: Generally, the battery voltage is too low after use.
Troubleshooting: replace the battery;
Hotel door lock problem 5: When the lock is opened, the door is heavy when closing the door.
Problem analysis: The gap between the door frame and the door on the side of the lock is not adjusted correctly (the gap is too small, and the door is heavy when opening and closing the door)
Troubleshooting: Adjust the gap between the bolt panel and the door frame patch to keep the gap within 3-5MM
Hotel door lock problem 6: No sound, no light, no motor action when swiping the RFID key card
Is the battery installed in the door lock;
The connection line is not in the excellent contractor is misconnected;
Whether the sensing panel is damaged.
Open the door with spare mechanical keys;
Install new batteries,
check the connection lines, and replace the induction panel.
Hotel door lock problem 7: Greenlight and motor sound when swiping the RFID card for induction, but the door cannot be opened
This failure is usually that the iron bar between the front panel of the smart lock and the lock cylinder is not connected correctly;
the lock cylinder has been damaged.
The battery voltage is insufficient.
Open the smart lock panel and check.
Connect the plug or replace the battery.
Hotel door lock problem 8: The oblique tongue cannot be ejected.
Problem analysis: The side trim panels are not in place.
Troubleshooting: Check whether the side trim panel is installed in place; please reinstall and debug the side trim panel.
Hotel door lock problem 9: Anti-lock cannot be locked
Problem analysis: the door pinch plate is not installed in place.
Troubleshooting: Check whether the door pinch plate is in place, and reinstall and debug the side trim.
Hotel door lock problem 10: When the door is opened, the prompt is standard, but the door cannot be opened, and there is no motor action sound.
Problem analysis: motor failure.
Troubleshooting: Replace the motor.
Hotel door lock problem 11: The door cannot be opened, and the oblique tongue cannot automatically enter the lock cylinder when the door is closed.
Problem analysis: the safety tongue does not pop out or is not flexible.
Troubleshooting: Check if the safety tongue pops out or is not flexible; readjust the side trim.
The above are some common problems with hotel locks. It is worth noting that if the current hotel locks often have the above problems, it is likely that your hotel lock has been used for too long and the internal parts have aged. At this time, please consider replacing or upgrading your current hotel lock system.
Hotel Key Cards Not Working Problems and Troubleshooting
Keeping guests happy and content is extremely important in the competitive market.
Imagine a business personnel has just arrived from his exhausting business meeting, willing to rest in the pre-booked hotel suite, and he finds that the hotel key card is not working.
It would undoubtedly make anyone frustrated as they are locked outside their room. Before you aim to eliminate this issue, let’s find out what deactivates hotel key cards.
Here is a video about why hotel key cards are not working for your reference:
What Deactivates Hotel Key Cards?
There can be several reasons for this occurrence,
The encoding of the card concerning the accurate number of nights was improper.
Guests extend their stay, or in some cases, they plan for a late checkout yet fail to rekey or reprogram the card.
The guest might have locked themselves out during the stay, and the staff has issued a new key. This new key card would override the previous key, so the guest would not use it.
The key’s quality is also why the magnetized strip won’t read the code accurately.
The magstripe could also persist a specific nick, which supports prevention in reading.
There is a new requirement for maintenance for the door lock.
One rare reason is that the key card was kept near a cell phone device that has demagnetized the card.
Do Hotel Key Cards Expire?
Before expiration, hotel key cards tend to get lost, so every year, hotels must get boxes of key cards that cost at least 11 cents each.
Considering the planned expiration, the key cards are usually programmed to expire on departure at noon. It usually works the same way until you get a defective key.
Now, let’s analyze some standard hotel key card not working problems in detail.
Hotel key cards problem 1: All hotel master cards and guest cards cannot open the door.
The battery is dead or installed incorrectly;
The lock body power cable is off;
The door lock is not authorized;
Check the battery and install new hotel lock batteries;
Reconnect the cable between the mainboard and hotel lock batteries pack;
Reread the authorization card;
Hotel key cards problem 2: The hotel master card can open the hotel lock, but the guest room card cannot open the hotel door lock.
When the buzzer beeps three times, “di,” “di,” and “di,” and the motor does not sound, the wrong setting of the room number card causes it;
When the buzzer emits a beep, and the motor does not sound, it is caused by the inconsistency between the hotel lock time and the computer time;
The card has expired, or the hotel door lock time is wrong.
The room number may be wrong.
Reset the room number card for the hotel door lock, and then reset the management card and the new room number card;
Reissue the time card on the computer, and then go to the door lock to reread the time card.
Hotel key cards problem 3: The master card can open the door, but the guest card can not, and the latch bolt doesn’t pop out.
Problem analysis: The latch bolt of the lock mortise is damaged. That is, the guest card, floor card, and building card are used to open the door, the indicator light does not light, the motor does not sound, and the door does not open with two beeps;
Troubleshooting: Replace the lock mortise;
Hotel key cards problem 4: The master card and guest card cannot open the door, the indicator light is on, the motor sounds in the lock, and the hotel door lock handle is idling
The positioning point on the exterior door handle is not aligned with the positioning arrow on the lock mortise;
The spindle of the handle is not put into the square hole of the door handle;
There is no spring in the door handle square hole, and the spindle of the door handle retracts into the square handle hole;
Align and fix two points;
Reinstall the spindle of the hotel door lock handle;
Reinstall the handle spring;
Hotel key cards problem 5: The room number card setting is invalid
The building number and floor are incorrect;
The card is damaged.
Troubleshooting: reset the building number and floor or change the card.
Hotel key cards problem 6: The master control card and emergency card can open the door, and the other door cards cannot open the door
The building number, floor, and room number are not set;
The door is locked.
Set the building number, floor, and room number
Check whether the square tongue is open; replace the lock cylinder.
Other most common hotel lock system problems:
1, How to reset the hotel door lock
First, let’s try to know: Why must you reset the hotel door lock?
Answer: When you want to move all your hotel door locks from your old hotel to a new hotel or move one hotel lock to a different hotel room, you need to reset the hotel lock.
How to reset the hotel lock?
Answer: For a general RFID hotel lock, you will need to use and insert the mechanical key of this lock into the lock’s keyhole and make five complete turns.
Then this hotel door lock can be reset.
2, Do hotel doors work when power is out?
When the power is out, the hotel door can still work. But you can not use any key card to open the door. You will have to use mechanical keys to open the hotel door.
3. What should I do when the hotel key card is lost?
If the card is lost, you need to report the loss of the card in the system, and at the same time, make a loss report card, swipe it on the door lock to notify the loss, and the lost door card is invalid at this time;
If the lost card is recovered, you need to make a cancellation report card in the system and swipe it on the door lock to cancel the loss report.
4. What should I do when the hotel lock in the normally open mode?
First, confirm the triggering of the normally open mode. If you touch the emergency card, you need to re-swipe the emergency card to recover it;
If the battery is dead and the voltage is insufficient, the motor cannot be reset, and a new battery can be replaced;
If the motor fails, the engine needs to be replaced; if the line is broken due to installation problems, the wire must be replaced.
5. Why must the hotel door lock system be backed up frequently?
Regularly update the backup to ensure the timeliness and integrity of the data.
Suppose an unexpected situation occurs, the computer is damaged, and the computer or system needs to be replaced. In that case, the backed-up data can be perfect for re-registration.
After the system, restore the backup, which can be used generally without resetting the system and door lock, saving a lot of time.
Vincent Zhu has 10 years of smart lock system experience and specializes in offering hotel door lock systems and home door lock system solutions from design, configuration, installation, and troubleshooting. Whether you want to install an RFID keyless door lock for your hotel, a keyless keypad door lock for your home door, or have any other questions and troubleshooting requests about smart door locks, don't hesitate to contact me at any time.