Does doorbell NEED 15amp circuit?

Old 07-17-02, 09:28 AM
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Does doorbell NEED 15amp circuit?


Recently I upgraded my electrical service from 150 to 200amps. After the electrician left, I inspected the service panel and noticed what appeared to be an additional circuit breaker added. It seems he hooked up the doorbell transformer to a new 15 amp circuit.

So now I'm trying to remember how my doorbell transformer was originally wired before the upgrade. I sincerely believe it was not originally hooked up to a dedicated circuit. (And, yes, the doorbell did work before the upgrade.)

Could I be mistaken? Or is there truly another way to connect the transformer without using an entire breaker space for such a low voltage item?

Old 07-17-02, 09:38 AM
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Sounds like the electrician forgot it when he did the sevice upgrade and put it on a separate breaker.

No, you don't need a dedicated circuit for that device. Why change it now? Leave it as is and you know that you have a circuit that has minimal load on it that you can tap into in the future.

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