If you're constantly being told by visitors to your home that your doorbell isn't working, it's time to do something about it. If this type of work doesn't interest you, think about hiring an electrician to repair or replace the existing doorbell. However, if you're confident that you can do the work yourself, and are keen on updating the technology in your home, it's worthwhile to think about installing a wireless doorbell. This project is simple enough for the average person to do and requires only a handful of basic tools. Here's how to proceed.
- Visit your home's circuit breaker panel and shut off the power to your entire home. This broad approach is necessary because, in many homes, it's unclear what circuit the doorbell is on — for example, it's probably not listed on the panel itself. Turning off the overall power will ensure that you do the job safely.
- Use a screwdriver to remove the old button. Although each button is different, this step is typically as simple as loosening two screws and pulling the button away from the wall. Remove the bracket with the same approach, and then snip the wires that run to the button apparatus from inside the wall with a pair of wire cutters. Cover the wires with a small twist-on wire connector and carefully push them inside the wall. You won't need them again.
- Consult the installation instructions on your wireless doorbell. In most cases, installing it will simply be a matter of screwing the bracket into the old doorbell's holes with the provided screws, and then clipping the front housing into place. This will complete the installation of the bell itself
- Enter the home and locate the doorbell chime that was previously connected to the doorbell. Pull the outer housing off the bracket, snip the wires, connect them with a twist-on wire connector, place them safely inside the wall, and unscrew the bracket from the wall.
- In most cases, you'll want to mount the wireless chime in the same location, as it will cover the small hole left in the wall by the previous installation. Consult the instructions on the package and follow them. You'll typically use a screwdriver and a set of screws to screw the housing bracket into the wall and clip the outer housing in place. Doing so completes the job, so you can turn the power back on. Make sure to test the doorbell and call your local electrician if you're experiencing any issues.
If you don't feel up to a task like this, a company like Chadwick Electric Services can help you install a new wireless or wired doorbell.