How to Replace a Wired Doorbell with a Wireless Unit
Many homeowners often consider upgrading home electrical devices they use on a daily basis, but the doorbell is one that can be easily overlooked. Despite this, there are quite a few occasions which call for taking out your doorbell and installing a new one. Whether your old doorbell has been damaged and it’s time for a new replacement, or you simply want a doorbell with a new chime, this is a project that is fairly simple for a homeowner to complete. A common upgrade is from a wired doorbell system to a wireless one, which is what this article will cover.
As is always important when embarking on home electrical endeavors, make sure the power to the area you are working in is turned off. This means locating your fuse box or circuit breaker panel and making the necessary adjustments to turn off the electricity to your doorbell.
You will need a few tools to complete this project, including a screwdriver, pliers, a drill and drill bits, a voltage tester, and a wire stripper. You will also need a wireless doorbell kit, which is a product that can be bought at many home improvement stores. This kit will contain all components of the doorbell that needs to be installed.
- Choosing a Replacement Doorbell
There is a huge variety of wireless doorbell options on the market, ranging from simple and inexpensive versions to more sophisticated and pricey models. Take into consideration such preferences as the sound or tune of the chime, aesthetic appeal, and ease of use. Other doorbell features to consider include models that have the ability to provide light for your porch area, chimes that can be easily customized, and kits that come with more than one button unit to be installed near other doors in your home.
- Removal of the Old Doorbell
When taking out your existing wired doorbell, first use a screwdriver to remove the doorbell’s cover. The screws that need to be removed may actually be found underneath the exterior cover, depending on your model of doorbell. This means that sometimes the first step is snapping off one cover to unscrew the one underneath.
Utilize your voltage tester at this point to confirm that there is no electricity running through the wiring. Disconnect the wires from the doorbell and tape them to the wall so that they do not fall into the open space. Make sure that stripped sections of wire are covered with electrical tape and move them into the wall cavity.
From here, you will have to inspect whether your new doorbell’s cover will fit properly over the hole. If not, it will be necessary to fill in the hole with wood filler, then sand and paint the area before applying the new cover.
- Installing the New Transmitter
If the holes from the old doorbell do not match up to your new wireless one, you will have to drill new holes onto the wall or door frame and attach your wireless doorbell using the screws in your kit. Furthermore, make sure that the doorbell button has new batteries before snapping it into place.
- Installing the Sound Unit
Wireless doorbells utilize sound units or wireless receivers that emit a chime when the doorbell’s button is pressed. Instructions in your doorbell kit will outline how far away the sound unit can be from the button and still function. The units are simply plugged into outlets in your home, and placement should be determined by where you think it is most important for the sound to be heard. Check the information included with your doorbell kit for any extra specifications like special codes or programming instructions.
- Testing the Doorbell
It is now time to turn your power back on. Have a friend or family member go outside and push the doorbell button while you wait inside the house. If the doorbell chimes, you have successfully installed the wireless system. At this point you can determine whether you need to alter the placement of your sound units to be better heard from certain rooms.