Disable Doorbell Chimes - Using Ring

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Old 07-29-15, 10:24 AM
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Disable Doorbell Chimes - Using Ring

Ok, so I'm going to be installing Ring (www.ring.com). It can replace an existing wired doorbell. Doing so will trickle charge it and will also ring the doorbell chimes connected to the wires.

I would love to just use the doorbell wires to just trickle charge ring and disable the chimes completely. (Ring will buzz my phone, keeping the kids sleeping.)

I'm not terribly familiar with doorbell systems. Would doing this just be a matter of removing the chimes from the wall and closing the wires to close the circuit there? The home has two separate buzzers (well, a chime upstairs and a buzzer downstairs).
 
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Old 07-29-15, 10:38 AM
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You would need to identify the 16-18 volt wires from your transformers. There is no one way to wire a chime so telling you which wires would be difficult and since you also have a buzzer you may have two transformers. You could use a meter to see if you have 15-17 volts at the chime.
 
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Old 07-29-15, 10:44 AM
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Awesome. Yeah, I haven't even located the transformer yet. Any tips on where to look?
 
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Mine is inside the electric panel box, my parents house has theirs mounted just outside of it. After that, it can be just about anywhere.
 
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Old 07-29-15, 10:50 AM
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Seems like it might be easier to just forgo the trickle charge and run Ring on its battery (supposedly lasts a year on a charge). I've looked all over and can't find it.
 
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Old 07-29-15, 10:55 AM
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Did you try the attic light? You could turn off each single pole 15 and 20 amp breaker one at a time and and see which breaker turns off the chime. Then what else it turns off may give you an idea of the location. Tip: Two people each with cell phones make this hunt a lot quicker.

Or plug in a 12 volt AC wall wart near it to trickle charge the battery. You probably already have one in your junk drawer.
 
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Old 07-29-15, 11:47 AM
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Mine is inside the electric panel box
And that is a code violation, but I've seen a lot of them done that way in apartments and slab houses in some areas.
 
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Thanks for the heads up - easy enough to move.
 
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