Identifying the Electrical Causes of Faulty Doorbell Issues

At Orange Electric, we’re proud to be your one-stop shop for all commercial and residential electrician needs. No issue is too large or small for us to assist you with, whether you’re having minor issues with certain electrical components or need an overhaul of an entire building’s electrical system.

For homeowners everywhere, particularly those who have regular guests or package deliveries, a working doorbell is important – and when the doorbell is not working, there are a few electric repair areas we might look at to help diagnose and remove the issue. Today’s blog will detail the steps that should be taken to determine the cause of a faulty doorbell, plus what can be done to remedy each potential cause if it’s found to be the culprit.

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Step #1: Button Concerns

In a huge majority of cases where your doorbell isn’t working properly, this will be the only step you need to fix it – the button itself is usually the issue. Using a screwdriver or even just your hands, you can remove the button from its perch on the door and check the two wires behind it.

When the button is pressed, these wires are supposed to connect and lead to the doorbell sound. In some cases, one or both of the wires will be out of place and simply need to be re-aligned. In others, such as if you touch the two wires together and still don’t hear anything, the button is faulty and you need to replace it.

Step #2: Bell Unit/Chime Housing

In rarer cases where the button is not the cause of the issue, it’s time to move to the bell unit or the chime housing. You can remove this cover easily, and you may see the damage right away – corroded wire, broken connections or wires that are not attached securely.

If this is not the case, you may need to call our pros unless you’re trained and confident performing a voltage test. If so, a voltage test can usually highlight issues with the bell unit.

Step #3: Transformer

If you still can’t find the issue, move to the transformer for your entire home. This is an area where, again, we highly recommend involving our professionals unless you have training, as the home itself contains a lot more power than your doorbell’s isolated system.

Step #4: Wiring Issues

Finally, if none of the above identifies the issue, the problem could be the wiring running between some of these areas. Even minor stripping or connection loss can disrupt the current flow and stop the doorbell from ringing – but our pros can also easily correct many of these issues and get your bell back working properly.

For more on doorbell issues and how we can help, or to learn about any of our electrical repair services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.