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Installing, troubleshooting or repairing a doorbell.

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What is this thing with wires found on wall inside closet, and how do I remove it?

My 1950's-ish home in Pennsylvania has an addition built off of the kitchen (no idea when the addition was built). In this addition there is a closet I am remodeling. While taking down the wood ...
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What should I check when troubleshooting a doorbell?

Our doorbell stopped working a while ago and my wife finally bugged me enough to fix it. First, I found a diagram on another site when I googled this. It is wired like the right box: I started by ...
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Can a doorbell transformer sit loose inside main panel?

Can a low voltage transformer for a doorbell sit loose (not screwed to anything) inside the main panel or does it have to be affixed somehow? It came with holes but I'd need to drill holes in the ...
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Double Doorbell?

this should be a simple question, but no product pages seem to describe this situation. I want to hook up a wired doorbell with two buttons and two chime units. Both bells should respond to both ...
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How can I locate the doorbell transformer?

my doorbell stopped working and I tested it with a multimeter and found no current to the box. How do I locate the transformer to replace it?
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What is this unit attached to my house, and what do I replace it with?

I am trying to figure out what this thing is. I assumed it's a bell ring transformer but then it has four terminals on it. Any help is appreciated!
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How do I set my multimeter to test doorbell transformer

I'm trying to troubleshoot a Ring doorbell that doesn't seem to be charging from the doorbell wires. I wanted to use my admittedly cheap multimeter to check the voltage that the wires are getting. ...
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Doorbell became very soft, battery replacement only necessary?

My doorbell ("speaker" portion pictured above) got very soft today. It still chimes, but just barely. I'm guessing it's battery-operated and the batteries are weak, but how can I tell for certain? ...
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Does it mean a broken wire if a doorbell transformer works, but there is little-to-no voltage at the switch?

My family has just moved to an older home, and I've been tasked with repairing the doorbell(s). We have two doorbells, both connected to the same (for lack of a better word) ding-dong-thing. :) I ...
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Doorbell low voltage converter sharing breaker

Can a doorbell low voltage converter share another circuit's breaker by both wires plugging into it? Or should a single wire go into the breaker but split it inside the panel using a wire but? Or does ...
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Purpose of mercury switch in old doorbell

I moved recently and the new house has a vintage doorbell. It's by Friedland, but there's no other identifying information that would help me find a manual. All the wires had been disconnected by the ...
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Is it safe to “cap” a disconnected doorbell wire using electrical tape?

I recently decided to disconnect my doorbell to stop it from waking up the family. I removed the doorbell from the outside of the house and disconnected one of the two pairs of wires that were ...
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Where can I buy this doorbell button? [closed]

See attached picture. I am not sure if the title is correct. The door bell button (the plastic cover area) broke. Can anyone tell where can I buy this exact doorbell?
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Diagnosing a doorbell fault

My doorbell recently stopped working, after a decorator painted my hallway. It is a wired system with a bell transformer beside the consumer unit. There are 2 wired bell units inside the house – one ...
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Can I wire a doorbell transformer in-wall this way?

My current under-powered doorbell transformer is in a very awkward location (old home, etc.) and in a location where several old wires are cable-nutted together and I would rather not replace it there....
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Moving a doorbell transformer

Can a doorbell transformer that is on the outside of a wall be place inside the wall behind the drywall. I’m concerned about it getting too hot. Mine is in the kitchen by the ceiling lights
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How to add wireless capabilities to a doorbell button?

My parents have a wired 8V doorbell with a button next to the front door. In some weeks they'll have a small gate approx 10 meter from the front door which will be locked most of the time. People ...
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Can a door bell be powered from a receptacle?

What's an easy way of installing a traditional door bell? I know there are the wireless, battery operated ones, but I'm tired of changing out batteries. Is there a version of doorbell that could just ...
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Changing old doorbell transformer

I'm replacing an old doorbell transformer. After removing the junction box, I have 3 exposed black wires. I have the new transformer with the typical White, Black, Green wiring, but I don't know which ...
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Decrease apartment intercom door buzzer volume

The intercom in my condominium unit (that I own) works well, but is horribly loud. I understand this can be a boon so that I never miss a buzz, but my unit is small enough that the volume cannot be ...
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How to get doorbell louder?

My mom has a Nutone wired doorbell but is finding it is not quite loud enough when she is in some parts of the house far away from the bell. I looked at the doorbell and it seems to be functioning ...
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Is exposed doorbell wiring in the garage dangerous?

When we bought our house 12 yrs ago, we learned during the walk through that the exposed wires in the garage were from the doorbell. He said to never touch the wires because we could get ...
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Extremely old doorbell transformer filled with black gunk?

I need to replace my doorbell transformer in order for my Ring video doorbell to consistently have sufficient power. After searching long and hard I finally located the transformer, which appears to ...
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Why does my Ring doorbell keep repeating the chime?

I installed one of those fancy new Ring doorbells (the video / WiFi connected doodads) and it keeps repeating my doorbell chime. When you press the button to "Ring" me, the doorbell chime rings and ...
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How can I muffle a loud doorbell?

I live in an apartment, in which the doorbell emits an unreasonably loud tone (kind of square-wave-y) continuously and at constant volume for as long as someone has the button depressed. Since people ...
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Adding Undersized Fuse to Doorbell Circuit?

So recently my doorbell button got stuck and it burnt out both the electromagnetic coil in the chime and the transformer. As I'm replacing everything I was thinking that I could add fuse to prevent a ...
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Is this my doorbell transformer?

Is this the transformer for my doorbell? It is located in the furnace room, but it looks like it is connected to the furnace. I am just wondering because I have been searching for the transformer and ...
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Is it normal for a doorbell transformer to be warm and make noise?

To make a long story short I am in the process of hooking up my ring door bell and I need to follow these instructions: (I want to wire directly to transformer) To my understanding I need to wire my ...
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Raising a porch light and doorbell?

A previous owner of our house installed a front deck over the top of the two concrete steps leading up to the front door. Unfortunately they did not raise the front porch light and doorbell. So many ...
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what would cause the second chime of a doorbell to sound muted?

I've got a doorbell that works, it is the normal two chime "ding dong", but it goes "ding chunk" where the second chime seems muted. I looked at it and it's mounted right, it gets hit with enough ...
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Do I need to replace the door chime when installing Ring Pro?

I’m looking to get a Ring Doorbell Pro and I know I need to replace my doorbell transformer, but someone in this online forum suggested replacing the mechanical door chime (which is as old as my 35 yo ...
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Doorbell wiring

My house was built in 1982. I moved in over a decade ago but never bothered to fix the non-functioning wired doorbell. I’m trying to diagnose it now to see if it’s worth trying to fix or if I should ...
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Trying to find 5.5" surface mount doorbell button [duplicate]

I really like my doorbell and the plastic push button is broken thus not working. It came with the home when we bought the house from the builder. Now it's hard to find builder materials. It's 5.5" ...
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Installing Ring Doorbell Pro -How to replace doorbell transformer with this setup or bypass?

I am in the market for a Ring doorbell and was googling on how to find a doorbell transformer. I believe I have found it - but it’s attached to the furnace switch. The wires connected to the ...
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How Do I Wire My Nest Hello Doorbell With A Plug In Transformer?

I wired up a nest hello doorbell to my existing chime. It rings fine but lacks enough power to operate properly. That’s ok, it was a little expected. Unfortunately, changing the old transformer is ...
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Doorbell dings, dongs, but doesn't ding-dong

I'm replacing a doorbell chime unit. The old one worked, but the new one does not. If I connect the wire to the terminal labeled "front", it will ding. If I connect the wire to the terminal labeled ...
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When powered Ring Pro won’t stop chiming.

When Ring Pro is connected to power, doorbell rings constantly. What can I do to correct this?
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New doorbell stopped working, now not working properly

I have a doorbell question. Here is my setup. Years ago I added a wireless electronic doorchime "extender" to our existing wired doorbell so that we could hear the doorbell in our basement. All worked ...
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How to remove wires from doorbell

I was tasked with removing a broken doorbell from the outside of the building. I'm not sure what to do with the wires? If I pull on them they come out further but not a whole lot. I want to at least ...
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Doorbell transformer location problem

I need to find my doorbell transformer in order to change it for a more powerfull one (ring pro doorbell). I have opened the chime and i can see the transformer wire going in my basement, i did follow ...
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What are these extra black wires connected to my doorbell chime?

I attempted to install a new SimpliSafe video doorbell, and after everything was connected I found that the doorbell chime inside produced a disturbing humming sound. I contacted SimpliSafe, who sent ...
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Rear outdoor range hood turns on when doorbell rings

I have an outdoor range that is on my back porch that is built into the wall. There is a GFCI outlet right next to the range (not sure if that is related). For some reason when someone rings the ...
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Wired doorbell problem

Doorbell does not ring. Tested wires to buttons, they have power. The chime unit seems to have power to both back and front all the time, even after disconnecting wires from both buttons. Not sure ...
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Switching wiring from one transformer to another

I am considering getting a Nest Hello doorbell. The requirements state: Nest Hello needs to be powered by wires delivering 16 - 24 V AC, and at least 10 VA (in North America) I had a brief look ...
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How do I tell difference between doorbell transformer and furnace transformer?

I’ve been searching for way too long for the doorbell transformer in our house (I suspect it’s not putting quite enough juice for a Nest Hello doorbell setup as the Nest Hello works but the chime ...
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Is this old doorbell 12V or 220V?

Is this doorbell 220V or 12V ? Is it AC or DC ? Any DIY replacement ideas ? I have spare electronics
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Doorbell for a rectangular switch box [closed]

I have a doorbell button that goes on a rectangular switch box that is outside my house. The rectangular switch box is inside concrete. Since the doorbell button is outside exposed to the weather, the ...
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6 wire doorbell chime installation with Google Nest doorbell

I'm trying to install a Google Nest doorbell. I opened up the doorbell chime, and it looks nothing like the diagrams I've found online. I have no clue how to install the chime connector, which is ...
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Extending or increasing volume of a quiet doorbell [closed]

I have an old analog doorbell - there is a button for my apartment outside, and two wires come to where the chime is. When someone presses the button, a solenoid pulls back a little metal thingy with ...
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My doorbell chime is partially broken; is this a wiring problem or a problem with the chime mechanism?

I have a Heath-Zenith SL-2796 doorbell. It's wired to a front and rear door buttons. Pressing the front door button should make it go "ding-dong" and pressing the rear door button should make it go "...