How to remove wooden cover of this chime?


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Old 11-24-13, 12:52 PM
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How to remove wooden cover of this chime?

Is this wooden cover glued and canít come out? I donít see any screws on it.
The reason I want to open is to check how the wires are connected.

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Old 11-24-13, 01:34 PM
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Is this wooden cover glued and canít come out?
Not unless it was glued in place by the installer, which it shouldn't have been. Have you tried pushing it straight up?
 
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Have you tried pushing it straight up?
No I haven't. Is that how they are supposed to come out? Chime is working but only from one door and NOT from another 2 door push buttons. Initially I thought that push button may have gone bad, but when I opened it yesterday and short circuited the wires, there was a spark but bell didn't ring.

What the problem might be? I just checked the voltage on transformer and it reads 16.5 Volts. Shouldn't it be 0V when no button is pressed?
 
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Old 11-24-13, 02:43 PM
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You will have voltage on one side of the switch. The button connects the circuit to ring the chime.

Many of those covers have a small pin the cover sits on. Slide the cover straight up.
 
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Many of those covers have a small pin the cover sits on. Slide the cover straight up.
It didn't come out. I will leave it for now... so what should be the best strategy to troubleshoot the door bell not working from two push buttons on side doors?
 
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Old 11-24-13, 03:50 PM
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if you pulled the rear PB off, touched the wires together and saw a spark but heard no single chime then most likely that switch had become stuck in at one point and burned the rear door striker solenoid in the chime unit.

It is possible that the rear door wiring is shorted but a defective/melted solenoid is my guess.
 
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Thanks again PJ!

You may be correct! I didn't realize in the beginning and was thinking that wires from all 3 push buttons are just interconnected outside the unit and unit is getting single trigger, but these bells have 3 different connections for all 3 push buttons.
So now only was to know whether wire between xíformer and unit or actual solenoid is faulty is to open that cover, correct?
 
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Old 11-24-13, 07:58 PM
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Yes.... you need to remove the cover in order to make a visual inspection.

I don't remember ever seeing a three door chime unit before.
You have three visible tubes but that doesn't mean it's a three door chime.
You may find the two side doors share the rear solenoid of a two door unit.
 
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I don't remember ever seeing a three door chime unit before.
You have three visible tubes but that doesn't mean it's a three door chime.
You may find the two side doors share the rear solenoid of a two door unit.

From the bottom when I spy/peek - I see that it is traditional 3 door/note chime and have 5 connections; FRONT, SIDE, REAR, COMMON, and TRANSFORMER, as seen here.

It seems to have transformer within the unit behind that wooden cover as well. So I am wondering why the wires are coming through transformer on circuit breaker panel.

Thanks again!
 
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That diagram shows where the transformer is tied into the circuit.
The transformer isn't inside of the chime unit.
 
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That diagram shows where the transformer is tied into the circuit.
The transformer isn't inside of the chime unit.
I am bit confused on how the wiring diagram should be in my place, since in the diagram I linked- one wire from every PB is connected to chime directly, whereas in my house all wires are coming from PB TO transformer and then chime.
 
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Because my chime was located in my kitchen, I found that the strikers had gotten dirty with residue and did not move smoothly. When the doorbell try to activate the solenoid, the striker was stuck in place na dwould not move. A little WD40 to clean it up made a world of difference.
 
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Old 11-25-13, 02:06 PM
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A little WD40 to clean it up made a world of difference.
Yes, for a little while. Might be a good time to start checking out new chimes. Most chimes have a warning to "DO NOT OIL".
 
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The best thing (and all I use) is lighter fluid.
 
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The best thing (and all I use) is lighter fluid.
I have had some success using rubbing alcohol and a Q-Tip to clean the surface of the plungers.
 
 

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