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Is it ok to split a transformer directly off the wiring from an outlet junction

I am installing a doorbell transformer for a new Ring doorbell and I have an outlet right next to the main box. It would be simple for me to take the existing wiring, branch it and use it for the new ...
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HVAC: Nest - Yet another 'C' wire question

I have a dual transformer system. At the AC/Blower unit, there are 'R_c', 'Y' and 'G' wires; there's 0VAC between the 'Y' and 'G' wires, and each shows 27VAC to the 'R_c' wire. At the boiler, there ...
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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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Tried switching old thermostat with digital one…wasn't working, so switched it back to old one and ir is still not working

I decided to upgrade the old thermostat control for heating/cooling, to a simple non-programmable digital unit. I simply attached the wires to the corresponding terminals in the new unit. After ...
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is the 24v transformer output ~27v normal?

i found my carrier 58pha090-016 furnace had no flame with the igniter on, and exhaust fan running, etc. it kept trying 3 times then stop. i reset the power switch of the whole system, the same cycle ...
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Honeywell TH6320R1004 Wireless Thermostat with Two Transformers

I have a Honeywell TH6320R1004 and am trying to set it up to work with a second transformer (just added a Taco ZVC403 to an existing Taco SR503). The second transformer was needed to power the zone ...
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Replacing a doorbell transformer attached to power extension bar

My doorbell transformer (picture attached) is determined to be dead because the output voltage is zero, while power socket voltage from the junction box is about 122. Thus, the doorbell transformer ...
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Why is my florescent transformer buzzing? Is it due to being the wrong voltage?

I am using 230v to 240v fluorescent light transformers for T8 36W 120 cm fluorescent tubes, but I found that the transformers are buzzing. The buzzing should not be happening, even though it is new ...
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South Africa - Helping a layman with connecting multiple strings of lights on one plug

How would I connect 10 x light strings (20 lamps x 3v/0.06w) to one plug the transformers that come with the light sets are Input: 230-240Va.c 50Hz Output: 24Vac 6va Can I just get a bigger ...
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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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Furnace transformer hot to the touch

Should the transformer be hot when the furnace isnt running? replaced the transformer and it is hot to the touch but not hot enough to burn fingers..
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Doorbell button wiring no voltage?

I have just moved recently, and I noticed that the doorbell does not work. So I tried to troubleshoot it myself. I use a multimeter and then connect both probe to the transformer it gives 16V which ...
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Can I reverse the function of a three-phase autotransformer?

I have one auto transformer that we used to convert 3-phase 380V to 3-phase 220V. Now I need to convert 3-phase 220V to 380V. How to use the same transformer for 3-phase 380V output? Please explain ...
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Can I replace my halogen with led? [duplicate]

So, long story short: An Halogen (MR16/GU5.3) light in my bathroom went out and I replaced it with an led light (from Wilko UK, 3 pack). I know nothing of electrics, but thought heck, I should be able ...
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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 my HVAC system one or two transformer based?

I have read Do I have one or two 24V transformers in HVAC control circuit, but as it appears I don't have two geographically separate units for A/C and heating, believe this to be a different question....
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'plug-in sequence'

Good Day, I am thinking the opposite from this last entry (JM) but have no background in electrical theory. I have a lot of appliances I plug/unplug w/a little box in-line (I assume "transformer"). ...
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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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Line-neutral vs Line-Line same voltage

I have a 3 conductor (Line1, Line2, ground) (240V) wire that goes to a step-down transformer to get 120V. Since the transformer output is 120V between its line1 and line2 and there is no neutral, does ...
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Goodman furnace - C Wire connection

I'm trying to connect the C wire in my Goodman furnace in order to install a new thermostat. I've read all the posts on this forum about this specific issue so my question is whether i'm in the right ...
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Voltage/current stabilizing

I am running a wire 300+ feet. I'll need to place a transformer every 100 feet that would maintain voltage/current, therefore I wouldn't get any drop so that I can maintain 110vac 20 amp. Which ...
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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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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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What sort of transformers are needed for LED spotlights (MR16)?

I have a suspended ceiling in my bathroom with 6 halogen (MR160 12V 35W) spotlights, each light has its own transformer, which I believe is to covert the voltage from 240v to 12v. Some of the ...
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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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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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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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Doorbell transformer

I have a doorbell camera that stop getting power I changed the older transformer I test the transformer with my multimeter and it does not read any volts when touching both terminals when I touch one ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Furnace getting power, but heat/AC not kicking on. LED on board is not lighting up. Thinking the transformer is gone

So far I've been successful in maintaining and repairing my own HVAC system in my house. First week we bought the house (we knew going into the purchase) I replaced the main board. It's been golden ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Doorbell Wiring Problem

I live in a very old house. Up until recently, my doorbell worked fine, but at some point in the last couple months it stopped working. At the transformer, I see ~18V, so that appears to be ok, but it ...
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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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Lifetime of an autotransformer

In your experience (and in the literature), how many years is the lifetime of typical step-down autotransformer before the primary winding shorts and the full voltage of the primary gets to the ...
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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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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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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. ...