Where to buy electric stuff (not common)?

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Old 03-01-06, 11:50 AM
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Where to buy electric stuff (not common)?

My electric door chime is dead. By tracing back from the source I found where the problem lies: a transformer, that was installed in a basement, is fried. Where can I find a replacement? Neither Home Depot nor Lowe's carry such things. Where can find a replacement for my dead transformer? (I don't want to replace the whole door chime setup because I kinda like the sound of the old one.)
 
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Old 03-01-06, 12:16 PM
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Both Home Depot and Lowes, as well as all other home stores I have been in carry doorbells and transformers for door bells. Maybe they don;t have the specific type you want or need, but they do have them.

You can always try an electric supply store.
 
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That door chime was manufactured by Chase Maple in early 80s. I understand that the company no longer exists (it probably merged with some other company long time ago) and this line of product has been discontinued.

The stuff (door chimes, I mean) that Home Depot sells is made my Heath/Zenith. I guess I can go and look in the aisles where they sell door chimes and see if they have replacement transformers there too. But I don't have a lot of faith in HD employees. Just last week I asked somebody who works in laundry section to tell me where garment bags are located. She bluntly told me they don't carry them. I then went to check surrounding areas and ... I was able to find what I was looking for.
 
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Doorbell transformers are fairly generic. Look for a replacement that matches the input and output voltages of your old transformer and has the same VA (volt-amp) rating.
 
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Ok. I will try and stop by Home Depot store. I actually was able to find few online places that sell these generic transformers. (I just can not imagine how people lived before Google was invented!) Here are few online stores, in case somebody is interested:

http://www.contractorcloseouts.com

http://www.garrett-smarthome.com

http://www.midsouthcable.com
 
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Old 03-01-06, 01:35 PM
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Give the neighborhood ma & pa hardware store a shot...Stores like that will give you good service and answer your questions. Doorbell transformers are, as Ibpooks said, quite generic.

Big box stores often have trained monkeys working in their electrical departments.
(JMHO)
 
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