Installing a doorbell is considered one of the simplest home improvement tasks. It does not take much time or effort to get a door bell in place. Having a door bell installed can cost you approximately $150 excluding the cost of the materials. Doorbells can cost anywhere upwards of $35. When purchasing the doorbell, purchase one that suits your needs best. For instance, you will need to know how far the sound can travel and what kind of sound it is. You must also check the sound of the doorbell to ensure that it is not startling or too loud for any member of your family (guests as well).
Though a simple task, this does not mean that you can be lax with the safety precautions and protective gear. It is important that you switch off power to the part of the house where you will be installing the doorbell, until the task is completed.
1.Not a Monumental Task
Just some simple tools and guidelines are enough to help you get the job done. Since there is no need for a permit or any approvals before you start installing your doorbell, you can start the task at your convenience. It will not take you more than a couple of hours to have the new bell in place if all goes well.
Though a simple task, this does not mean that you can be lax with the safety precautions and protective gear. It is important that you switch off the power to the part of the house where you will be installing the doorbell, until the task is completed. If you have opted for a wireless doorbell, then all that you need to do is to screw or stick the doorbell to the wall of your choice.
2.Installing the Doorbell
Wireless doorbells are a great option if your home has never had one. If you are replacing an existing doorbell with a new one, all you need to do is put in the two parts of the unit at the appropriate place and you are all set. Doorbells use around 10 to 16 volts of electricity, but even this is enough to give you a jolt and this is why you have to ensure that the power to that section of the house is turned off before you start, as already stated.
Most doorbell kits come with detailed instructions on how to complete the installation. Firstly, remove the old doorbell and attach the new one to the wall. Then the wiring will have to be connected to the new doorbell. You will have to connect the right wires to the doorbell button in such a way that the circuit is completed when it is pressed. The wires will have to be first stripped and then attached to the unit. Once this is done, the chimes will have to be connected.
Chimes are usually put just inside the front door or the somewhere in the entryway. After you locate the spot where the chimes are located, detach the old one and put in the new unit. Connect the wires to the right terminals and screw the new unit into place. You can now switch the power back on. Then, you can use a circuit tester to ensure that the circuit is completed and electricity is running through. You will need a low voltage circuit tester which is available at most hardware stores. Test your handiwork by pressing the doorbell a couple of times. If you can hear it chime properly, then you have been successful in your project. If there is any problem completing the circuit, test the doorbell button first. The second place to check would be the wiring which might show signs of breakage or mechanical damage of some kind. The chimes will be the last part of the unit to be checked.
These simple guidelines should be enough to help you do your work. However, if you find yourself in some difficulty during the installation do not hesitate to seek help. A door bell is a small thing that consumes very little power. But improper installation can cause a host of other problems and lead to more costs for repair of other electrical appliances or fixtures.