Looking to install a new doorbell into your home?

Our step-by-step guide will break down everything you need so you can get your new doorbell working in no time.

Keep in mind, this process is going to break down installing a doorbell that already has an existing electrical system that has the proper connections needed for a doorbell system. If you’re moving into a new home or remodeling and don’t have that system in place, reach out to a professional electrician.

In fact, if you don’t have extensive experience with electrical work already, consider enlisting the help of a licensed contractor to assist with doorbell installation and wiring. Electrical work of any kind can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Unless you’re confident and comfortable performing an electrical project on your own, call a pro.

For Minnesota residents that are in need of residential electrical services, reach out to Electric City today! We’re the premier electrical service provider in the area and can handle any electrical needs you have.

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For those with experience in electrical work, here is how to install a doorbell in 7 easy steps. We’ll preface these instructions by telling you to make sure you turn off the power supply to the doorbell system before starting.

Installing the Doorbell Transformer

Step 1: Attach your transformer to the junction box

First, thread the power supply wires into your electrical junction box through the appropriate holes. Take your transformer and position it on the opening on the side of the junction box. Then, fasten the transformer in place.

Step 2: Connect the transformer’s power supply wires to the home’s power supply wires

Now you’ll need to connect your transformer’s power to your home’s power supply using their individual wires. Make sure to match the corresponding colors (green to green, etc.) and twist them together. Use wire caps to hold them into place, as well as electrical tape if needed.

Then, put the cover back on the electrical junction box.

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Installing the Push Button

Step 3: Attach exterior wires to the push button

Your system’s button and chime wires should be left taped in place from the old system. Wrap the appropriate wires or wire groups around the corresponding screw terminals and use a screwdriver to tighten the screws in place.

Installing the Doorbell Chime

Step 4: Take the doorbell chime wires and thread them through the back of the chime

Find the wires and un-tape them. Then, thread them through the appropriate hold in the back of the chime. Once through, re-tape them, so you don’t lose them.

Step 5: Screw the chime in place

Position the chime on your wall. Place the left and right screws in the right holes on the chime and use a screwdriver to screw in the chime.

Step 6: Attach the doorbell wires to their appropriate terminals

Place each wire on its corresponding terminal and use a screwdriver to tighten it in place and cover the chime.

Test Your Doorbell!

Step 7: Make sure your doorbell is working

If your doorbell is functional, take off the cover and see if you can see what the issue might be. If you can’t find anything, reach out to a professional electrician who can help you out!

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