Batteries are the biggest maintenance issue for touch-free products. As with most electronic devices, these products include batteries that eventually die and must be changed. The batteries can last anywhere from six months to several years, depending on usage.

While some touch-free systems may have an alarm to warn when batteries are weak, many don’t, so it’s important for maintenance personnel to keep a battery-replacement log. Monitoring usage and battery efficiencies will help managers stay on top of necessary replacements.

To get around this problem, manufacturers have developed touch-free systems that can be wired into the buildings power system. Some of these devices such as no-touch flush toilets, however, do not include a manual override, which presents a problem in the case of a power outage. So, facilities aren’t able to flush the toilets when the power goes out.