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Questions tagged [transformer]

For questions about transformers, devices which convert alternating current from one voltage to another.

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What is this thing on my garage wall?

I just bought a house last year and there's this thing with what looks like string in the middle of the electrical system. The two pictures show said thing from a distance and close up. What is this ...
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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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Low voltage track lighting flashing at low frequency

I have two sets of track lighting on the same switch, and one of the tracks flashes at a low frequency at seemingly random times. Video of the behavior. Some relevant details: The two tracks are on ...
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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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Is it safe to remove this wall transformer?

I bought a house a bit ago and it came with this plugged into one of the walls. I'd like to remove it as I don't know what it does or if I need it and when thunder strikes the thing makes a noise like ...
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Hardwire or plug in for LED strip lighting?

I'm interested in installing LED strip lighting around a door frame in a reach-in closet and laundry space (essentially a deeper reach-in closet with washer/dryer side by side). I plan to purchase ...
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Electric Garage heater contactor failure

I own a Fahrenheat FUH724 (7500 watts) electric heater for my 2 car, uninsulated garage. I installed this unit 12/2017 along with a Nest thermostat. An Aube rc840t-240 relay was used to step down the ...
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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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Can I use a separate 24V transformer with an Ecobee 3 and an Aube relay?

I've purchased an Ecobee 3 Lite smart thermostat which requires 3.5 VA to operate but I'm using an Aube RC840T-240 electric heating relay with 24 V transformer which only provides 1.2 VA. Can I ...
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Can I convert a 12 volt DC device that uses a 240v transformer, back to 12 volt?

I have a small snack bar/kitchen trailer that I need to convert partly to 12 volt. There is a 12 volt dc water pump 5.2amp and an LED strip light 12volt 5.2 amp - both of these devices currently have ...
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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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Can 1 24v transformer support 2 smart thermostats.

I replaced my old thermostat with a lyric. My doorbell transformed was unused and 16 V. I replaced that with a 24 and wired it directly to my lyric. Everything works great. If I do an additional ...
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Can I use another brand of LED driver with IKEA lighting?

I'm planning on getting IKEA OMLOPP lighting. However, since I would need multiple Ansluta transformers and they are quite expensive, I was wondering if its possible to use a regular LED driver ...
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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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Using 230V-115V Transformer for 240V supply

What would happen if your ac power system uses 240V and you are using a 230V-115V step down transformer? Would it degrade the winding faster? Why is there a 230V-115V ac? what countries use it?
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Range Hood Transformer Replacement to LED

I have an Anacona Chef Range Hood. The two Halogen lights are not working. I suspect the transformer. I would like to replace it with the LED transformer. Is it possible? If possible, what type to ...
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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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Would a transformer protect a 24V digital flow meter if it received 48V?

I purchased a new water softener for the house. It has a digital flow metering device. It worked great for a few days and then stopped working. Long story short, I finally figured out that the outlet ...
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How can I measure the voltage of 40A transformer?

I need to power 10 meters of 5V LED strip, for which I bought a 40A transformer on AliExpress. Now, as much as I believe that cheap stuff bought from China can be okay quality, I'd like to make sure ...
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Converting appliances from 120v -> 240v

I've been getting U.S. appliances sent to E.U. where the voltage is doubled. I'm using autotransformers so they can work, but this isn't ideal. I do this to save money. EU retailers add their ...
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Transformer core size and breaker size

Without an isolation (or step down) transformer. Your 20 ampere circuit breaker can happily trip when oven hot wires touches ground by using proper hot, neutral and grounding wire sizes. No problem ...
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Halogen transformer replacement: safe to use 60w max to replace a 75w max?

I have a 120V to 12V 75W max transformer powering an Ikea Halogen light fixture. It seems to have burnt out. All I can find in stores are 120V to 12V 60W max halogen transformers. The 75W max model I ...
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What terminal to use on AC for C wire / nest dual transformer install

So i purchased a nest gen 3 and proceeded to install it. This is on a dual transformer system, separate boiler and AC system. The good news was i had a unused G wire on the Heat side that I was going ...
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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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Cables in attic with no power

There is one cable with exposed wires. A voltage tester does not detect anything. Another cable goes into a junction box for the doorbell transformer. The cable in the junction box also has no power. ...
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208x240 buck boost transformer putting out ~260v

I recently installed a buck-boost transformer in one of our buildings with 208Y/120v service to support a 1hp submersible well-pump rated for 230v single-phase. The transformer is a GE 9T51B0158 ...
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can i use a transformer to run an american steam cleaner ( 120v/60hz) on a 220v/50hz

i recently purchased a steam cleaner ( sienna Luna plus) willing to use it in Algeria, but it is designed to be used in the US , the only way i found to transform 220 v 50 hz to 110 v ( i think ...
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Sealing Terminals on 150w Garden Transformer

I bought a garden transformer to power 2x 12v 50w Halogen lights near the pool. https://www.bunnings.com.au/hpm-12v-150w-garden-light-transformer_p4396752 Should I be concerned that the terminals ...
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Is the control wiring for my boiler reversed?

I've been diagramming my boiler wiring so that I can understand it before installing a Tekmar 256 external reset. What's been throwing me for a loop is that it looks as if the 24v common is being fed ...
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Why is my control panel for AC/Furnace not working when the fuse is ok?

So a few weeks ago I replaced my thermostat with an ecobee3 smart thermostat. In the process of wiring the thermostat I blew the 3A fuse up in the attic and had to replace the fuse. The thermostat ...
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Why does my photo sensor activate during the day?

Our home has a Malibu 300 watt transformer for landscape lights. The lights are on during the day. I have checked the photo sensor and have replaced it but the lights keep coming on regardless of ...
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How to connect a new C wire

I have a 2 zone, single stage, heat only system with 2 wires running to each thermostat. I'm looking to install 2 Ecobee's; I have a second Honeywell AT72D1683 that I can install if needed and have ...
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Box mounting point

What are the chances of this setup passing an inspection? 4x4 box is mounted on a stud, relay attached to the bottom 1/2 knockout, transformer will be mounted at the front of the box. This is in ...
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HVAC system electric diagram help

I am trying to revive an old three phase 5HP HVAC system so I took a look at the 25 years old electrical system digram and came across 3 three sections which I could not understand completely (I am ...
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Replaced HVAC Transformer, still have no output voltage

My HVAC stopped working, no matter what state the thermostat is in there is no fan, no compressor, no heat, etc. Using a multimeter, I found that the output voltage on the transformer was 0V. ...
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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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Can I buy a 24v transformer with a dedicated common c-wire feed?

I have an oil furnace that feeds hot water to baseboard in four zones in my house and also to a hot water tank for tap water. There is a 24vac transformer with two output wires that feed power to the ...
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Running 12V Wire Behind Walls for a LED Stair Light?

I'm interested in lighting a stairwell in my house using a red LED strip. I have a nearby AC outlet and plan on using a typical 12V power supply from the AC outlet. I know that class 2 wire is ...
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What is that burning smell in transformer?

When I plugged in a 250VA load to the left transformer. I can smell something burning and the case is super hot. What causes the burning smell? What part of transformer can produce burning smell? ...
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Stepping up 240v to higher voltage.

My ac system is 240V. I want to step it up to higher voltage to plug in some temporary equipment that needs at least 400-440 volts. If I use a 120v-240v step up transformer.. would it make my 240V ...
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Mounting 24v transformer?

I bought a standard 24v transformer and attached a plug to one end so I can plug it into a standard outlet. Can I just mount it to the wall by the outlet? Should I leave some space between the back ...
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How to wire a 220V to 12V transformer

I hope here I'll find an answer I'm looking for. Today I bought transformer from 220V to 12V, but the problem is that I have no Idea how to attached wires. Can somebody help me? here's the picture of ...
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GFCI burned out during low transformer outage

About a year ago, we had a large low transformer fire on our block in Brooklyn, NY. That's according to ConEd response team. Before and during the fire which lasted few hours, voltage has been ...
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Wiring 24V foot mount transformer

I'm adding a 24V transformer for a powered damper for my HRV, which will run independently of the furnace. I picked up a suitable transformer, except it's foot mount and I only just learned I ...
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Ring Doorbell w/ Digital Chime

I purchased a ring doorbell 2 for my sister for Christmas. I am pretty tech savvy and offered to install it for her last night. I went through the instructions several times but I was not able to get ...
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Do they make 24v transformers that have individual terminals for up to 4 thermostats? [closed]

I have two ecobee 3 thermostats sharing a 24v transformer. I'm about to buy two more. Do they make 24v transformers that have separate pairs of terminals for each thermostat? This is not a question (...
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Temperature Increase of Sealed Enclosure

I have a sealed metal enclosure of size 20inches x 13 inches x12 inches. A 500W isolated transformer with about half the load producing constant 51 Celsius will be put inside. How do you compute ...
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How Hot is your Transformer?

I got this Hammond 500VA Isolated Transformer. It's 500W capacity.. and I'm only using 30W. How come the temperature already reaches 50 Celsius (122 Fahrenheit)? How about you? What temperature did ...
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Why are leads of primary and secondary plugs in step down transformer shorted?

In the image above, one of the leads in the primary plug of the 220v-110v step-down transformer has continuity with all the leads in the secondary outlet lead using a tester (see arrow in blue). I'm ...
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Is this a doorbell transformer? How to test if faulty?

My doorbell has stopped working. I am trying to test each of the components using a multi-meter. However, the wires seem to go through the ceiling etc, so I can't trace where they are going or what ...