No one wants to miss an important guest because the doorbell was broken-and not knowing how to replace a doorbell won’t cut it as an excuse. Instead of letting a faultydoorbell dictate your life, why not take matters into your own hands?
Believe it or not, this home maintenance fix is surprisingly simple. With a little time and a good screwdriver, even a beginner will be able to call this project a success. Plus, accordingtoPaul Broadbent, a general contractor in Greenwich, CT,you’ll save yourself around $65 in labor costs.
Read on below to learn how to replace a doorbell without hiringan electrician.
Tools you’ll need:
- Doorbell kit (button and chime unit)
- Wire strippers
- Painter’s tape
- Ladder (optional)
How to replace a doorbell
Step 1:Turn off the circuit breaker that provides electricity to the doorbell. If needed, you can also mark it with a piece of tape so you’ll be able to remember which circuit you need to flip onlater.
Step 2:Remove the faceplate from the doorbell using a screwdriver.
Step 3:Pull the faceplateaway from the wall. Detach the wiring from the faceplate using the screwdriver.
Step 4:Thewiring has a tendency to fall back into the wall, so use a piece of tape to secure it in place while you prepare to install the new button.
Step 5:When you’re ready, secure the wires to the screw terminals on the back of your new doorbell button. If needed, strip a bit of wire and then use your screwdriver to windeach wire tightly around a screw. In this case, the order doesn’t matter.
When both wires have been secured, place your doorbell button against the wall and screw it securely into place.
Step 6:Once inside, locate your existing doorbell chime unit. If you’re not sure where it is, it’stypically located by the front door itself, in the kitchen, or in the garage.
Remove the cover of the chime unit.
Step 7:In the chime unit, you’ll need to unwrap the wiring from its screw terminals. However, this time the order matters. Under each screw terminal, there will be a label indicating the wire’s use.
Remove one wire at a time, using your screwdriver to loosen the connections. Label each one with a piece of tape so you can put itback in the correct order.
Step 8:Once all the wires have been unhooked, remove the screws holding the chime unit on the wall and take it down.
Step 9:Thread the wires through the provided opening in your new chime unit. Hold it in place, and use the provided screws to secure it to the wall.
Step 10:One at a time, take the labeled wires and match them to the correct screw terminal on the new chime unit. If needed, strip a bit of the coating in order to facilitate a stronger connection. Then use your screwdriver to windeach wire around the appropriate screw terminal.
Step 11:Put the cover on your new chime unit.
Step 12:Turn the circuit breaker back on, and test the doorbell.
For more information, watchthis video courtesy ofLowe’s Home Improvement.
Choosing a wireless option
There’s good news for those who are hesitant to deal with wiring: You can use a wireless doorbell instead. Rather than being hardwired, these models are battery-operated.
To use this type of doorbell, you should remove any existing fixtures, as shown above, including the wiring. Then, install the doorbell’s battery according to the package directions. Finally, you’ll need both the button and chime unit to your interior and exterior walls.
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