doorbell-wiring-pic1Wired Doorbells will, obviously, have doorbell wiring. All the components are connected by Wires. This type of system has a transformer that reduces the voltage down to something that the doorbell can handle

Not sure if this is your problem? See the articles 'Troubleshooting Doorbells', 'Repairing Wired Doorbells' and 'Fixing Wireless Doorbells' for listings on all the doorbell topics.

Doorbells have been around ever since 1831. In the early nineteen hundreds they became practical and common. Chimes and bells are a newer development, it used to be a buzzer, are you old enough to remember?. Today, we consider doorbells to be standard item in a home. Knocking is still an option, it's just that not everyone thinks to do it.

Most doorbells fall into two categories. Wired units consisting of a transformer, chime unit and the doorbells themselves. The other style is the wireless units that do not require internal hard wiring to operate. In this article we are focusing on wired units. See the article 'Doorbell Repair', for information on other types of doorbells.

Repairing Doorbell Wiring Using Common Sense

What Can You Save? - Assuming you had a simple problem it could run between $50 and $75 for an electrician to make a repair on your doorbell. You could be sold on a new system which might run $100 to $175 installed, even more for a high end system. Repairing it yourself might be as simple as tightening a loose wire. So your savings could be from $50 to $175.

How Hard Could It Be? - Doorbell wiring is fairly simple. Worst case scenario, replacing the entire system is not that hard. These repairs will have a Difficulty Level of: A Bit of Work. These repairs require a Skill Level of: Handyman. For and explanation of the terms in this section, see 'How to Use This Site'.

Check the Simple Things! - Check the circuit breaker to make sure it is not tripped. Loose wires on the buttons are the next thing. Two screws and you can check the wires, loose or corroded wires will cause the doorbell not to work.

What Can Go Wrong? - Most of the components on a doorbell system are low voltage, therefore not dangerous. The exception is the transformer for a wired unit. Electrical shock rules apply, take precautions and shut the power off when working around the transformer. Yes serious injury and death are possible. Ruining a working unit trying to repair it is also possible. You can buy a whole new system for between $25 and $75, not the end of the world.

Troubleshooting Doorbell Wiring

The button is the culprit a lot of the time. See Step One for what to do. It is also the easiest thing. Next comes the chime unit. See Step Two for guidelines. Step Three talks about the transformer and what to do if it is bad.

The 'Wired Doorbell Buttons' are the first place to look when you start having trouble with your doorbell. This article provided tips on what to do.

The chime unit makes the doorbell sound that alerts you when the button is pushed. 'Wired Doorbell Chimes' can be fixed, but they require some special testers to check them.

The 'Doorbell Transformer' provides the power, reducing it from household current. These can be replaced for a reasonable sum.



A malfunctioning doorbell is not the end of the world. People got along for thousands of years just knocking. It is irritating when you don't know someone has visited because you didn't know the doorbell was not working.

Even if your doorbell repair involved replacing your equipment, it should not have been that hard. Now that you are done with your doorbell wiring you can decide what you want to do with all of your free time. Got more jobs on your list? Relaxing would be another viable option.