My SO purchased a Ring Video Doorbell Pro for our home recently. I began researching, and it states that the ring requires a power source that supplies a minimum of 16 volts AC at ~20 volt-amps when connected directly to a transformer, plug-in adapter, or ~30 volt-amps when used with an internal doorbell.
I looked at my existing doorbell, and imprinted on it is: Rittenhouse Model 225 - 10v. I found what appears to be the transformer, also labeled with 10v. These look like they could possibly be original to the home (1956). A few questions I have:
- Is it worth replacing both the transformer and the chime itself just for this Ring to work? If I replace both, will the wiring between the transformer and the chime be able to handle the increased power running through the wires?
- Ive read people say " can use a 16v 20va Transformer if there is no chime involved." What exactly does that mean?
I do want to use the doorbell, but I also don't want to stress the electrical system of the house to do so. Any help would be appreciated.