Ding dong! Or complete silence, when your doorbell stops working. It can be an inconvenience to have a doorbell that doesn’t work. A broken doorbell could make you miss an important delivery or visiting friend. So, what causes this to happen?
Signs and Causes of a Broken Doorbell
If the ringer or chime doesn’t work, it’s a sure sign that the doorbell is broken. There are four different components or reasons the doorbell could be broken:
- Button – the round dot that visitors press to ring the chime. If the button is loose and/or not making contact with the wires underneath, this could be the problem.
- The Chime – there is a separate unit for the chime. Same issue as the button. If the wires in the chime unit are loose, or there is a voltage problem, then the chime won’t ring.
- The Wiring – the wires could be loose or not touching any other component.
- The Transformer – doorbells use low voltage and thus need a transformer that converts standard household voltage (120 or 240-volt AC ) to low voltage (10 to 20 volts). It is usually the least likely reason that the doorbell is not working. However, the transformer CAN be an issue.
How Easy Is It to Fix a Doorbell?
Like any do-it-yourself home project, the more experience you have, the easier it will be to solve the problem. Fixing a doorbell can be done via troubleshooting the different components and determining where the problem is. However, when it comes to electrical problems, it’s best practice to hire the professionals to avoid electrocution or any other accidents that may occur.
Expert Electrician for Frederick County, MD
For more information, contact us at Tim Kyle Co, Inc. Electrical Services for any electrical service needs you have. If your doorbell isn’t working, we will test all of the components for you and safely determine what the problem is. At Tim Kyle Electric, we are the professional electrician for Frederick County, MD and all your doorbell needs.