Tulsa Homeowner Tips: Testing and Replacing a Doorbell

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Are you considering replacing your doorbell? Whether you’re looking to update an outdated doorbell or replace a broken one, Steve from Murray Electric has helpful tips to guide you.

There are two basic types of doorbells:

Wired Doorbell

A wired doorbell is hard-wired into your home’s electrical system. A switch is located inside the button beside the door. The switch is connected to a terminal which is attached to a transformer. These units have wires connecting to the chiming unit. Typically, the transformer is in a separate location, such as the attic or basement. The benefit of having an electric doorbell is its reliability, as it doesn’t depend on a battery.

Wireless Doorbell

A wireless doorbell connects the transmitter switch to the chime with radio waves. As a result, no wires are needed. Unlike the wired doorbell, this unit contains only a switch and transmitter unit inside the button. The receiver is placed inside the home. When the doorbell is pushed, the transmitter sends a signal to the receiver; however, the receiver must be within range of the transmitter. Also, these units are typically battery-operated, and require a bit more maintenance. Some will emit a beeping sound when the battery is low, and several can be plugged into an outlet.

Additional features to consider when choosing a new doorbell are the type of chime, material, color, style, lights, size, and if you want a smart doorbell. Doorbell buttons are available in a variety of styles to match your décor. Smart doorbells function by connecting to your home’s internet. Many have small cameras that allow access via your smartphone, and have recording capabilities.

When your wired doorbell stops working, the cause may be the chime, transformer, button, or the wiring. There’s a way to test it yourself to help identify the issue.

Test the button:

Remove the doorbell button from the wall to expose and loosen the wires. Touch the ends of the two wires together. If you hear a chime, then you know it is the button which is broken. If there’s no chime, then the problem may be with the chime, transformer, or wiring.

Test the chime:

You will need an o-meter to test the wires. Start by taking the wires at the doorbell button, twist them together, and then go to where your chime is. There should be a set of wires which, when you put the leads of your o-meter on, will show a closed or short. If you have a short condition, the wires are good.

If you decide you would rather not do it yourself, call Steve at Murray Electric. He’ll let you know if you need a service call, or if it’s something simple you can do yourself. Also, when you call Murray Electric, you will always reach a licensed electrician to assist you!

Contact Steve at Murray Electric in Tulsa, at 918-835-9605 or www.murrayelectric.com.

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