Owning a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. Along with the status of being a homeowner, comes the never-ending responsibility of maintenance and repairs. To help you add another check mark off that “TO DO LIST,” and yes, we all have them, here’s 8 simple steps on changing a door bell.
Remember to Disable electricity. **IMPORTANT** Double Check that circuits which supply the electricity to your current doorbell and chimes are turned off. As a safety measure, use a circuit tester to check for the presence of live power in the device.
Removing current doorbell switch. This can be done by removing the cover and by using a screwdriver to detach the old switch from the wall. Pull the detached switch away from the wall and expose the wiring running from the back of the wall plate and into the hole behind the plate. Wrap the wires with a short length of electrical tape, and apply a section of the sticky tape surface to the edge of the open hole to prevent the wires from sliding back into the wall.
Connecting the wires to the new switch. Take off the cover from the new switch, and thread the wires through the bottom of the unit. Wrap the ends of each of the wires to the positive and negative terminals, and use the screwdriver to secure the wires into position
Attach the new doorbell switch to the wall. Use the screws provided to secure the plate into position, and then slide the cover over the device until it snaps into position.
Removing the old chimes. Remove the cover from the chimes, and use the screwdriver to detach the device from the wall or ceiling where it is mounted. After pulling the chimes away from the surface, detach the wires and use a piece of electrical tape to secure them to the area surrounding the hole.
Connecting the wires to the new chimes. Remove the cover from the chimes, and run the wires through the guide channel to the 2 terminals. Wrap the ends of the wires around the appropriate terminals, and screw the holding screws into position.
Securing the new chimes into place. Place the new chimes over the hole and use the provided screws to attach the device to the wall or ceiling. Once your chime plate is secured into its proper place, fit the cover over the device and gently snap it into place.
Restoring power, and testing the doorbell. Using your circuit tester, test to make sure the current is flowing through the system properly. Test this by pushing the doorbell. You’ll know the job is done if the chimes function properly.
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