Doorbell wiring


Old 09-30-18, 05:33 PM
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Doorbell wiring

I removed my old chimes with the intent of putting in a wireless system. My understanding of a doorbell system is that power is taken from some source to a transformer. From there a wire goes to the chimes and another to the doorbell. Is the wire to the chimes always hot? I don't recall getting zapped when handling it. Anyways, if the wire is hot I want to disconnect it in some way. I can't find my transformer; I've been here fifteen years and haven't come across anything that looks like one. Is power for a doorbell usually grabbed from the closest source? Would there be any chance that a low voltage wire could cause a fire?
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Old 09-30-18, 05:43 PM
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What are you going to do..... cut the wires off and stick them back in the wall ?
I have more customers kicking themselves for removing a wired system....working or not... to go wireless.

I have found transformers buried everywhere.
The typical location is attached to the panel or a pull chain light.
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I think there must be a 120-24V transformer somewhere. I can't imagine 120V being controlled by a doorbell push-button. 24-V wiring is unlikely to cause a fire. Trip your breakers (or fuses) one at a time, until you find the circuit for the doorbell. Then, home-in on that circuit. If necessary, call an electrician. Why are you wanting to change to a wireless doorbell? Was the previous system working?
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Well, not a lot of thought went into disconnecting this thing. It was 35 years old and ugly as hell and I wanted to get rid of it. I should have just updated it. I think I will but now it will be more trouble. Yes, the wires were pushed back in the wall after taping them. I know where they are so I suppose I'll have to cut a small piece out to get them. I appreciate the replies to my question.

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