FAQ About Doorbells, Door Chimes, & Entrance Alerts

Frequently Asked Questions About Wired Doorbell, Door Chimes, Entrance Alerts & Driveway Alarms

Please browse our collection below (work in progress) of frequently asked customer questions.  If you cannot find an answer to your question, please email us or give us a call at 904-245-1184.

Chimes consist of a wired push-button, a wired chime (sound device) and a transformer (changes the voltage from 120 volts to 16 volts). Recommendation 1: We recommend at least 18 gauge wiring in the existing home for the new chime to work (this is a requirement from Craftmade Chimes). (The smaller the number gauge of wire, the bigger the wire.) Recommendation 2: Consider the length from the doorbell to the actual chime unit and the transformer. Recommendation 3: Wired transformer sizes
  • 16V 10VA (watt) for One 2-note Chime with all wires less than 50’
  • 16V 15VA (watt) for One 2-note Chime with any wire longer than 50’ or two 2-note Chimes with all wires less than 50’
  • 16V 30VA (watt) One 2-note Chime with all wires longer than 50' / two 2-note chimes with any wire longer than 50’ / Three 2-note chimes / One 8-note chime

Wired Door Chime Troubleshooting Guide

  • Check to make sure that the circuit is complete to the chime and that there is power from the breaker.
  • Make sure the light on the button or buttons is/are lit.
  • Make sure there is at least 18 gauge wire being used everywhere (from the buttons to the chime and from the transformer to the chime. The wiring can be larger than 18 gauge, but not smaller.
  • Make sure that the transformer is 16volt. All Teiber (Craftmader) chimes must be 16 volts.
  • Make sure that the correct wattage is used for the particular chime that is used. Transformers come in 3 different wattage. (see above).
You can always use the larger wattage transformers as it will not hurt anything. Never use less wattage. The larger the wattage is better if you’re not sure.
Wired doorbells in your home are low-voltage devices.   A wired doorbell transformer transforms the power from 120V to 16V so it may be used by your wired doorbell.  Virtually all wired doorbells will use 16-volts, and most transformers are 16V.  The wattage, or VoltAmps is the difference between most wired doorbell transformers and you want to make sure you wired chime has enough wattage to serve the system.  Having an undersized transformer will cause it to burn out.
Model Voltage VA(Watts) Notes
DH905 16V 10VA Ideal for up to one doorbell, chime, buzzer, or bell.
DH910 8V-16V-24V 10VA and 20VA Tri-voltage transformer, ideal for up to two chimes.
T1610 16V 10VA Ideal for one chime w/ bell wire run less than 50 feet.
T1630 16V 30VA Ideal for multi-chimes
125-AC 8V-16V-24V 10VA and 20VA Ideal for up to two chimes
  • Phone:  800-366-71010

How to Program a LRA Transmitter (sensor) to a Receiver

  • The LRA-DCRX, LRA-DCRXA, and LRA-VPRX each have four zones.
  • Each of these zones can only have one (1) transmitter at at time stored in that zone's memory.
  • It does not matter what Zone you program or pair your transmitter(s) to..they are all the same.  The purpose of the zones is to allow you to assign a distinct melody to each zone so that you may determine what sensor triggered the receiver.
  • When trying to pair a transmitter, such as the LRA-DSTX, LRA-DCTX, & the LRA-PBTX, if there is already a transmitter paired to a zone, then you must delete that memory for the zone in order to program the new transmitter to the zone.
  • Even though you may not have intentionally paired a transmitter to a zone, if you are having trouble programming, it's good practice to delete the zone and start over.  For more information on deleting a zone from memory, click here.
  • The instructions below illustrated how to pair a push button (LRA-PBTX) to a receiver (LRA-DCRXA).  The process for pairing other receivers is similar.  For information on pairing the LRA plug in strobe receiver, the LRA-DCRXS, please click here.
  • Once you are in programming mode (step 3 below), the unit will automatically exit programming mode after 10 seconds.
    1. Ensure the receiver has fresh batteries or you are using a plug-in wall transformer to power the unit.
    2. Open the cover of the receiver

    1. Press & hold the "Zone selector button" for approximately three (3) seconds until the strobe light flashes, and zone "ID" one (1) starts to blink.  Then, stop pressing the Zone selector button.
    2. IMPORTANT: If you want to program or pair a transmitter to Zone ID 1, move to the next step.  If you already have a transmitter / sensor programmed to Zone ID 1 and want to pair an additional sensor/ transmitter, push the Zone selector button to scroll to the zone ID you would like to program.  Once the Zone ID you want to program the sensor to is blinking, move to the next step.
    3. Press the "Melody selector" button to scroll through the melodies available on this receiver.  When you hear the melody you would like to program to that zone, stop pressing the Melody selector button.
    4. Press the button on the push button transmitter

  1. If you have additional transmitter / receivers to program, go back to step 4.  Otherwise, go to the next step.
  2. Now your transmitter(s) are programmed to the receiver.  To exit programming mode, press the Zone selector button to scroll through the Zones.  Once  you pass Zone ID 4, the unit will automatically exit programming mode.

Watch the video below for a programming demonstration:

How to Delete a Transmitter / Sensor from a LRA Receiver Zone

Once a transmitter / sensor is programmed to a zone on a LRA series receiver, a new transmitter / sensor cannot be added to that zone until the memory of that zone is deleted.

For example, if you have previously programmed a LRA-PBTX push button to Zone 1 on your receiver and after a few years of use you want to replace the push button.  Prior to programming your new push button to the receiver, you must delete the old transmitter that is locked into Zone 1 memory.

The instructions below illustrate how to delete the zone memory from the LRA-DCRX and LRA-DCRXA memroy.  The process for the LRA-VPRX is slightly different, but the basic concept is the same.  To delete memory from the LRA-DCRXS Plug-in Strobe Receiver, click here.

  • Make sure you are deleting the right zone. If the transmitter/sensor is programmed to zone I, for example, the Roman Numeral for zone I will flash when triggered.
  • Enter programming mode my holding down the zone selector
    button for approximately three (3) seconds.  The strobe will flash and the icon for Zone I should start flashing.Programming the LRA-DCRX Receiver
  • Once the strobe flashing and you are in programming mode, stop pressing the zone selector button.
  • If you would like to delete the memory in zone one, skip to the next step.  If you want to delete the memory from another zone, press the zone selector button to scroll to the zone you wish to delete.
  • Once you are at the right zone, hold down the zone selector button AND the melody button (at the same time) for approximately five (5) seconds. You will hear a short tone sound. This zone has been deleted.
  • Next, press the program button to skip through the other zones.
  • Once you pass zone IV , the zone lights will stop flashing, signaling it is out of pairing/programming mode.
Up to 4 receivers can be paired with a single transmitter.

Up to 4 transmitters can be paired with a single receiver. However, since there are only 3 different chime tunes on the receiver, it is suggested to pair up to 3 transmitters by selecting different melodies for each transmitter.

The WC180 has over 16K different transmission (privacy) codes.  When you pair the transmitter with the receiver, the unit will randomly select one of 16,0000 codes to pair.

Below you will find a list of manufacturers who has products on 1800doorbell.com.  If you need technical assistance or have an inquiry regarding your warranty, please call the product manufacturer for assistance.   We would be happy to assist you, but calling the manufacturer directly will get you the most technical & warranty support.

By clicking the name of the manufacturer you can find the products we sell by that manufacturer.  Under the company name, we have also listed a link to their website contact us page and/or the company phone number when available.

If you have purchased from our Amazon store and would like to return the product, please use the Amazon Orders portal for your account to facilitate the return.

We would happy to assist you if you are not getting any satisfaction by contacting the product manufacturer, but we do recommend you start by calling them about any technical support or warranty related issue.  If you have purchased the product directly from us withing the past 30-days and want to return the product, please contact us at 1800doorbell.com.

Thomas & Betts: Carlon, Dimango, and Lamson & Sessions Products

Rodan Electronics

  • Phone:  800-366-71010

Craftmade

Dakota Alerts

Milton Products

Alarm Lock Systems

Bellman & Symfon

Clarity Hearing Alert Products

Comfort Audio Products

Cross Point Industries

Heath-Zenith Chimes and Lighting

Honeywell Doorbells & Chimes

Removing batteries or unplugging the transformer from the LRA-DCRX will not delete any programming.
Lra Dstx Sensor Transmitter Side Angle

Lra Dstx Sensor Transmitter Side Angle

The LRA-DR1000 is a long range wireless driveway monitoring kit that consists of two pieces, the LRA-DSTX (sensor/transmitter) and the LRA-DCRX (receiver).

The transmitter has a passive infrared (PIR) sensor that will detect a combination of motion and heat and when triggered, will send a wireless signal up to 1,000 ft. to the receiver.

For programming, we have a video that walks you through pairing the driveway alarm transmitter to the receiver.

You can also watch the video here:

The LRA-C1000 is a long range entry alert product designed for businesses, shops, warehouses, and larger homes.

The kit has two components, a transmitter/sensor (LRA-DCTX) and a receiver (LRA-PBTX).  When the sensor is triggered, it transmits a radio signal up to 1,000 ft. to the LRA-PBTX receiver.

PLEASE NOTE:  whenever a manufacturer provides you with a range, in this case, 1,000 ft., it is derived by an algorithm.  Sometimes you get a little more range, but in most cases you get less range because of interference from environmental factors.

What this means to you is that if you need exactly 1,000 ft., or very close to it, you might have to look at another product like the LH-2500 (entry alert kit with a range of 2,500 ft.)  There is also a range extender that works with our long range doorbell/alert products, the LRA-RPX.

This product, the LRA-C1000 has an additional challenge in that it is mounted on the door and the door frame.  In commercial environments that usually means a metal door and or a metal door frame.  This will cut down on the projected range of this product.

If you know you have the product programmed correctly, but it isn't working, try moving the receiver closer to the transmitter.  If it starts working, it is a range issue.  If it is a range issue, there are three things we can do:

  1. Try placing double-sided tape, a cardboard shim, or something that will provide some separation between the transmitter and the metal or concrete on the door frame.
  2. Get the LRA-RPX to extend the range up to an additional 1,000 ft.
  3. Upgrade to the LH-2500 long range doorbell entry alert kit.

If you are having problems programming the LRA-C1000, watch this quick video.

How To Properly Program the LRA-C1000 Entry Kit

Typically there are two reasons why the sound may not be coming out of your LRA-DCRX long range receiver.

First, check the selector switch on the side of the unit. There are three modes you can set the receiver to a) strobe only, b) sound only, and c) strobe and sound. Often times when there's no sound it is because the selector switch is on sound only.

Second, check the volume control selector. Open the front cover of the receiver and locate the volume adjustment dial. Use a small screwdriver to adjust the sound level.

Take a look at this illustration to get an idea of where the selector switch is located.

Each zone on a LRA receiver can only accommodate 1 transmitter.  Often times, programming problems can be corrected by first deleting the memory from a zone on the receiver.

LRA-D1000A-PAIRING-NO-BUTTON
  1. Open the cover of the receiver
  2. Hold down the "zone selector" button (the left button) for approximately 3 seconds until zone 1 starts to flash.  Stop pressing the button.  If you are deleting memory from zone 1, move to step 3.
  3. Push the left button again to scroll to the zone where you want to delete memory.  The zone number will flash.
  4. Simultaneously, hold down the zone selector button (on the left) and the melody button (on the right) for approximately 3-5 seconds until you hear a short tone sound.   The short tone sound means the memory has been deleted in that zone.

For more information on how to program with receiver, please watch our instructional videos located on our YouTube channel: LRA Instructional Videos

Here's a short video that outlines how to pair the LRA-D1000 kit (one push button and one receiver).

In most cases, if your LRA-DR1000 is not working correctly, it is because of one of three issues:

1) Photo sensor dip switch is set to night time mode only
2) Sensor/transmitter not paired with receiver correctly
3) Weak or dead batteries in sensor/transmitter


1) Photo Sensor Inside Driveway Sensor (outdoor unit) May Be Set to Nighttime Only Mode:

The LRA-DSTX transmitter/sensor has two operating modes, all-day mode and nighttime only mode. Often times, if the transmitter doesn't seem to be working, it is because the dip switch is set to nighttime mode only.

To check this setting, please take the top cover off the sensor/transmitter an orientate it like the picture to the right.

Once you have the sensor oriented just like the photo, located the photocell dip switch which will be located directly under the "test" button.

For all-day operation, please ensure the switch is pushed all the way down. If you want nighttime only operation, make sure the switch is in the up position.


2) Transmitter is not Paired Correctly with the Receiver:

Watch this short video on Youtube we put together to help with programming the transmitter/sensor with the receiver

https://youtu.be/fN7M2aVxjDc

a) Push the program button on the receiver until you hear a short tone sound
b) Once you enter program mode, Zone 1 on the receiver will flash. If you want to pair your transmitter to Zone 1, move to step d). If you want to pair to a different zone, go to the next step.
c) Pushing the program button will move to the next zone. For example, when you enter program mode the receiver is in Zone 1. If you want to pair your receiver to Zone 2, pushing the program button again will move it to Zone 2.
d) Once you are in the Zone you want to program, push the melody selector button until you are the sounds you want the receiver to play when the transmitter/sensor is triggered.
e) Push the "test" button on the sensor (see picture above). You will hear two (2) short ton sounds, letting you know the sensor/transmitter is paired with the receiver.
f) If you want to program another transmitter/sensor to the receiver, go back to step c) above. If you are done programming, press the program button to scroll through all the zones. After you scroll past Zone 4, you are done.


2) Make Sure You Have Fresh Batteries:

Make sure you are using new, Alkaline batteries in both the transmitter and receiver.

Take a look at these troubleshooting tips to see if you get your system back up and running. If you can't, do not hesitate to give us a call and we would be happy to help.

After changing the batteries in the transmitter, try to unplug the receiver, count to 5, and plug it back in. This allows the transmitter (sensor) and receiver to sync back.

We hate to ask you to do this, but double-check the batteries. I am surprised to learn how often batteries go bad just sitting around the house.

Check the user manual to make sure you have installed the right type of batteries. Most of the driveway alarm sensor use standard Alkaline batteries.

Make sure the battery contacts inside the transmitter are secure, not corroded or broken.

I know this sounds like common sense, but I make this mistake all the time. Double check and make sure you inserted the batteries in the right direction..ie., + to + and - to -.

This depends on the type of sensor the driveway alarm uses. There are four basic types of driveway alarm sensors:

  • Passive Infrared Sensor (PIR):

    These are the most common type. Passive infrared sensors are triggered when a combination of heat and movement are detected in the monitored zone. This means a car, truck, person, or any animal will trigger the sensor IF it passes through the monitored zone.

  • Magnetometer Bases Sensor:

    These sensors are designed to pick up automobiles only and they work when heavy metallic objects are detected in the monitored zone. The sensor typically has a probe that is buried just under the driveway or parallel to the driveway. When a car or truck drives through the zone, the probe detects the change in the magnetic field and triggers.

  • Pneumatic:
    Do you remember the old gas stations that had a rubber hose stretched across the entrance? It would ring a bell as the car rolled over the hose.
    This type of sensor is called a pneumatic sensor. When a heavy cars rolls over the hose, the change in air pressure inside the hose triggers the sensor.
  • Break Beam Sensor:
    These sensors work in a pair and when someone, or something passes between the pair of sensor, they detect that the beam between them was broken and are thus, triggered.

A) If you have a wired doorbell system, the Extend-A-Chime is just what you need. It is available as a kit, the LRA-EX1000.

The kit works like this:  a small, battery powered transmitter is wired into your existing wired door chime.  When a visitor presses the wired push button on your door, you doorbell rings as usual...in addition to that, the small transmitter generates a signal and trigger the receiver that comes in the kit to play a chime sound.

The Extend-A-Chime will allow you to easily increase the range of your current doorbell or door chime system so you will be able to hear it when you are out on your back deck.

If you have a wireless doorbell system, you will need to purchase a compatible receiver for your system. Manufacturer's vary on how you determine compatibility. If it is a brand we sell, give us a call and we would be happy to help.

It's much easier to use a wired doorbell push button with a wireless receiver using the LRA-EX1000 Extend a Chime.

However, with a little ingenuity, we can add a wireless push button to your current wired chime.  To do this, we are going to use the ERA-UTDCR Long Range Wireless Door Chime Kit by Safeguard Supply.

The wireless push button we will use is the ERA-UTX.  When triggered, this push button will cause the ERA-DCRX wireless receiver to chime.  On the back of the ERA-DCRX is a c-form relay. We will use the section labeled "Relay"

ERA-DCRX Output Diagram

ERA-DCRX Output Diagram

Assuming you want to put this wireless push button on the front door, open the cover of your wired doorbell and remove the wire for the "front" door.

Ch102 Mech Wired Doorbell Mechanics

Ch102 Mech Wired Doorbell Mechanics

Thomas and Betts, with the Carlon brand, markets their wireless doorbells and door chimes through a variety of retail, both in stores and online.

These Carlon door chimes may be sold under different brands and this chart attempts to show compatibility between the Style Select or SS brand and the Carlon equivalent. If you have a Style Select door chime, doorbell, push button, or entrance alert you purchased at a large box store, consult the chart below to see how you can purchase a replace or add-on that is equivalent to the SS product.

The table below shows the SS Style Select door chime and doorbell products and their compatible Carlon add-on and replacement products

SS "Style Select" Product Number Equivalent Carlon Product Number Product Description
SS1615L DH1615L SS GLD RIM W/ANT IRON BTN SS1615L
SS1612L DH1612L SS SLV RIM W/WHT IRON BTN SS1612L
SS922 DH920 Chrome enclosed buzzer
SS910 DH910 SS 8-16-24 10-20VA TRANSFRM SS910
SS965 BELLWIRE 18AWG BELL WIRE
SS315 DH315 SS BRN W/MED OAK PRINT FIN SS315
SS600 DH600 SS DRBELL W/WOOD CV & LINES SS600
SS300 DH300 SS WHT W/RND CORNER FRAME SS300
SS506 DH690 SS WOOD CVR W/VER LINES-MED SS506
SS1637L DH1637L SS LGHT BRSS W/ORB FIN SS1637L
SS1652L DH1652L SS BRASS LGHT-RUST FINISH SS1652L
SS1633L DH1633L SS LGHT BRSS W/NICKLE STP SS1633L
SS1653L DH1653L SS BRSS LGHT-BRUSH NICKEL SS1653L
SS1630L DH1630L SS LGHT BRSS W/BRSS STEP SS1630L
SS1670L DH1670L SS LT SLD BRSS PINEAPPLE SS1670L
SS1667BL DH1667BL LT SLD BRS W/BORDER ORB SS1667BL
SS1691L DH1691L LT SLD BRAS W/SEASONAL AB SS1691L
SS1667NL DH1667NL LT SLD BRS W/BORDER NKL SS1667NL
SS1667L DH1667L LT SLD BRS W/ROPE BORDER SS1667L
SS1673L LT SLD BRAS W/PNAPPLE NKL SS1673L
SS1663L LT SLD BRASS W/ LONG DECO SS1663L
SS3605 HS3605 UT MOTION ALRT W/LGHT CNTRL & SND
SS3510 RC3510 SS WTHRPROOF BATT DR CHIME SS3510
SS3250 RC3250 DLX PLUG-IN DOOR CHIME SS3250
SS3301 RC3301 SS WHT DOOR CHIME BUTTON SS3301
SS3760 RC3760 SS PLG-IN ENTER ALRT CHIME SS3760
SS3256 RC3256 UT WRLS PLUG-IN CHIME W/NIGHTLGHT
SS3520 RC3520 STEP-UP BATTERY DR CHIME SS3520
SS3190 RC3190 SS BATTERY DOOR CHIME SS3190
SS852E DH853E SS CHORUS 29 TUNE MUSICAL SS852E
SS4120 RC4120 300' WRLS CHIME W/LED LIGHT SS412
SS3030 RC3030 SS PLUG-IN EXTEND A CHIME SS3030
SS3530 RC3530 WHITE MOLDING WRLS CHIME SS3530
SS4610 RC4610 WIRELESS MOTION CHIME SS4610
SS3733 RC3733 ADD ON BASIC PLG IN REC SS3733
SS4130 RC4130 SS WRLS BRASS DOOR BELL BUTTON
SS4133 RC4133 SS WIRELESS BUTTON - SATIN NICKEL
SS3636 RC3636 WOOD MOLDING WRLS CHIME SS3636
SS3306 RC3306F SS DECOR BAT CHIME OAK/BRS SS3306
SS4300 RC4300 CD DECO BAT CHIME WH/BRASS SS4300
SS4320 HS4320D MOTION ALERT CHIME SS4320
SS2260 RC2260 UT WRLS WTHRPROOF ENTRNCE ALRT
SS3452 RC3450 X 2 UT WRLS ENTRANCE ALRT SENSORS 2PK
SS4305 HS4305 UT DOOR/WINDOW ENTRY ALERT
SS994 DH994 DOOR ENTRY MECH CHIME SS994
SS130 DH130 WHITE MOLDING CHIME SS130
SS636 DH636 WOOD MOLDING CHIME SS636
SK250 CK250 SS CONTRACTOR DBLL KIT-LGHT SK250
SK221 SS CONTRACTOR DBLL KIT-UNLT SK221
SS690 MISSION STYLE CHIME SS690
SS840E DH840E SS WIRED CD QUALITY CHIME SS840E
SS905 DH905 SS 16V, 10VA TRANSFORMER SS905

Q) Can I use a wireless push button with a wired doorbell?

A) A wireless button can not make a "wired" chime ring, however, you could purchase a wireless button and receiver for side door and an Extend-A-Chime transmitter for the wired chime.

When someone pushes the front door button, the wired chime AND the wireless receiver will ring, but only the wireless receiver will ring when the side door button is pushed.

The Extend-A-Chime can be found here: https://www.1800doorbell.com/rc3200-plugin-extend-chime-door-chime-extender.htm

Do you have trouble hearing your current doorbell throughout your home? The Extend-A-Chime is a terrific product and in a nutshell, it will extend the listening range or your current wired doorbell by allowing you to add wireless battery operated or plug-in door chime receivers in other areas of your home.

It works by wiring in a small wireless transmitter into your current wired doorbell transformer and then plugging in your new add-on Carlon brand wireless door chime receivers. Although the product is compatible with a wide range of wired door chime models, there are some we have found not to be compatible.

1800doorbell has verified that the following WIRED doorbell models are NOT compatible with our Carlon Brand Door Bells. These units are the "Musical Record-A-Tune" which requires a micro processor within the circuit board which makes the "Extend-A-Units" continuously ring. Therefore, they are not compatible with RC3200 and the RC3500 Extend-A-Chime products.

Carlon Wired Door Chimes:

  • DH840E/SS840E
  • DH852E/DH853E
  • SS852E/SS853E
  • DH845E/SS845E
  • SS846E/SS856E

We also found that some of the Broan Product Line of WIRED doorbells are NOT compatible either.

Broan Wired Door Chimes:

  • RC305
  • RC306

The differences between surface, flush, and recessed mount will alter the way the push button is mounted. Most wireless push buttons are surface mounted which means they mount directly on the surface, usually an exterior wall next to the front door.

  • Surface mount - this means the item will sit directly on top of the surface you are mounting it to. For our purposes here we mean it will sit directly on top of the wall you are installing the wired button on. Typically this is the easiest mounting option.
  • Flush mount - the plate of the wired button sits or rests on the surface of the wall but the guts of the button will sit inside the wall. With these types of buttons the electrical components of the button will stick into the wall itself. Although not overly complicated to install, it it a little more involved that a surface mount.
  • Recessed - this is where the entire doorbell push button mechanism in set inside the wall or mounting surface.

To view our wide selection of push buttons visit the link below.

https://www.1800doorbell.com/doorbells/buttons/

Yes, we have many wireless doorbell and wireless notification systems that work well for the hard of hearing. These products will also work well for loud environments, such as workshops, where it may be hard to hear a normal door chime.

In most cases these products will feature an alternative way to notify the user, such as a visual notification. For example, the WC180 is a flashing door chime for the hard of hearing. It's a wireless chime with a strobe light that features a flashing strobe light that is bright and easy to see.

On the back of the Carlon/Dimango product you should see a small white sticker. On this sticker you will see QC with a four digit code right under it. The last two digits of this code show the year the product was manufactured. If the number is "00" or higher, then your product will be compatible.

You will need to contact Thomas and Betts customer service, and their number is 1-800-346-2646

USA Customers:

Phone: 1-800-346-2646
Fax:(440) 914-8921
Address:
T&B Retail 32425 Aurora Rd. Ste: A Solon, OH 44139
Attn: Customer Service

Or you can reach them by email at [email protected]

Canada Customers:

Phone: 1-888-777-7947
Fax: 1-888-480-8818
Address:
Carlon/TNB
700 Thomas Ave St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec J2X 2M9

There is a product that we carry that would be the perfect solution to your problem and that is the LRA-EX1000 Doorbell Extender by Safeguard Supply. To see this product, view that answer to the question below.

Most wired doorbells DO NOT have volume control. What you hear is what you get on my wired chimes. There are a couple of models that play electronic melodies and they have some volume control, but we do not feel like these products are the solution for the problem "I cannot hear my doorbell."

A wireless doorbell system is the best solution when you cannot hear your current doorbell. With that, there are a couple of options:

  • Use a doorbell extender to convert your existing wired doorbell to a wireless door chime system and then use wireless receivers throughout your home. Most wireless doorbells do have volume control.
  • Add a wireless door chime to your home. Bypass the existing wired doorbell and simply install and use a wireless one. Most wireless products have volume control, and you can also add as many receivers as you want, meaning you can add one in the kitchen, one on the patio, one in the bedroom, etc.
  • A very popular series of products we have are the flashing doorbells for the hard of hearing. The products have a visual indicator that alerts you to a visitor at your door. The WC180 Flashing Doorbell is our most popular product because it is very bright, loud, and cost effective.

Doorbell Extender Information:

The way to get this type of functionality is to use what is called a doorbell extender or the Extend-A-Chime by Safeguard Supply. These products work by using a transmitter that wires into your existing doorbell transmitter or a transmitter that "listens" for your current doorbell. When the transmitter is triggered, it sends a wireless signal to a compatible wireless receiver. With almost all brands of wireless door chimes you have the ability to add more receivers, whether plug-in, battery power, or both, to increase the listening range of your existing wired doorbell.

The Extend-A-Chime is just what you need. This device is available in either a battery powered or plug in receiver.

LRA-EX1000

Lra Ex1000 Extender Kit

Lra Ex1000 Extender Kit

The LRA-EX100 is an Extend-A-Chime. The system ships with 1 x  LRA-EXTX transmitter and 1 x LRA-DCRX wireless receiver/speaker. To use the Extend-A-Chime you simply need to wire the LRA-EXTX transmitter into your current doorbell push button wiring. You then place the receiver into the area of your house where you cannot hear your doorbell at. You then plug in the receiver and you are all set up!

Among being the perfect product to extend your door chime into an area of the house where you are unable to hear it, this device is also a life saver for anyone whose current chime is currently not working. As long as your current doorbell push button is working you will be able to salvage your current door bell system with out buying a brand new system.

Most Wireless buttons are NOT available lighted as the they would require power 24/7 and drain the batteries too quickly.

The only lighted wireless buttons we are aware of is the GE 19211. This wireless transmitter uses a LED bulb to illuminate the center push button, allowing visitors to find it easily at night.

Heath-Zenith does make a few buttons that use LED lights which do not require as much power. Please note, these Heath-Zenith wireless doorbell buttons are not compatible with Carlon/Dimango receivers and at the moment are not available for purchase on the website.

To view our selection of lighted wireless push buttons click the link below

Lighted Wireless Push Buttons

It is very easy to change the sounds of your wireless chime. It can be done in seconds with very little effort. The article below covers how to change doorbells sounds for the main products we carry.

Click to read how to change your wireless chime sounds

There are ways to cover multiple entrances when using a doorbell system. Click below to read the answer to the question.

When we talk about using doorbell buttons for different doors we are typically referring to changing the tune a receiver (or multiple receivers) play when a paired button is pressed. Each manufacture has a slightly different way to change the tune the receiver will play and you need to consult the manual or the customer service department for that manufacturer and ask.
Yes, almost all wireless doorbells and door chimes allow for different sounds or melodies to play depending on the button that sends the signal. The Carlon/Dimango brand is one of the easiest to program. All of their wireless chime products will follow this same procedure.

You can program the buttons for different sounds by pressing the small "dimple" on each button and selecting the sound you want to hear for that particular button. Very easy!

For example, the RC4120 has 13 different sound options available, so if you want to cover 13 different doors you would need to purchase 13 push buttons.

Honeywell typically has a different approach. For their products, you typically change the tune on the receiver and ensure that particular tune is pair with a particular push button.

We have an extensive article on doorbell sounds and melodies. Click that link to learn more about specific sound and some of our products.

The answer to the initial question is no, you cannot use a wireless doorbell button (transmitter) with a wired doorbell system UNLESS you are using a doorbell extender type of product.

Wireless door chime systems work using radio frequency. The transmitter (push button) communicates with a receiver, usually battery powered or plugin. When a visitor pushes the doorbell button, it sends a wireless signal to the compatible receiver.

A wired doorbell is connected to a doorbell transformer and is wired to the push button. The push button does not transmit a wireless signal and will not be able to communicate with the wired doorbell.

Unfortunately you can NOT use a "wireless button" with a wired chime. You would have to get the wiring fixed if you want to use your current wired chimes OR change to a completely wireless system. For this type of repair you would need to call an electrician out to repair your wiring, since it is the wiring inside of your wall.

However, we do offer plenty wireless doorbell systems that can be set up in minutes. This route would also be significantly cheaper than calling an electrician out to your home.

At a minimum just calling an electrician out to your home will cost 100$, this does not include the work they will do once they are at your home. You can get a new Wireless Door Chime System for way less, you can even build a custom system with multiple receivers and push buttons for just under 100$. Here are some excellent Wireless Doorbell System alternatives:


 

RC3250 Carlon Wireless Door Chime Kit

RC3250 Carlon Wireless Door Chime Kit

RC3250

The RC3250 is a fantastic Wireless Door Chime. It offers a very easy install and it is extremely simple to use.

This Wireless Door Chime has a wireless transmission range of up to 150 ft. The receiver is powered by 4 "C" alkaline, which do not come included in the package. The Push Button included in this system is the RC3301.

The best part about this system is that it is compatible with all Carlon Wireless Door Chime systems and products.

 


 

RC3510D Battery Chime Kit

RC3510D Battery Chime Kit

RC3510D

The RC3510D is a great Wireless Door Chime if you need a system that can operate outdoors. This is a perfect solution if you need a door chime in your garage, back patio, or your pool area.

The system comes equipped with one wireless receiver and one wireless push button. The receiver is powered by 4 "C" cell batteries and the push button is powered by 1 6V battery. Please note that this is the newer version and is not compatible with the older versions such as the RC3500, RC3510 or RC3513.

Keep in mind however that this system can still be expanded using additional Carlon receivers and push buttons. If you are wanting to expand but unsure of the compatibility of certain receivers and door chimes feel free to call us at 1-800-Doorbell (366-7235) and we will help you with your purchase.

 


 

Rc4120 Long Range Wireless Carlon Door Chime

Rc4120 Long Range Wireless Carlon Door Chime

RC4120

The RC4120 is an wonderful Wireless Door Chime if the other Wireless Door Chimes do not have a long enough wireless range for your property. The RC4120 has a wireless range of up to 300 feet. Environmental factors such as hills, tress, and walls can impact the wireless range of this device.

This device would be perfect in a larger home or a small retail store. The door chime also features a high intensity flashing LED light


 

Long Range Wireless Doorbell Kit 1000 Ft V 1

LRA-D1000

The LRA-D1000 is an excellent Wireless Door Chime if you need more than 150-300 feet in range. This device is perfect for business where there is a large warehouse in the back. The device has a bright LED flasher included. This is handy if your warehouse is very noisy and you are unable to hear the chime sound. You have the option to set the device to "flash," "chime," or "flash and chime."

The package includes one receiver and one wireless push button. The receiver is powered by 3 "C" batteries or an optional plug-in wall transformer which does not come included in the package. This door chime has 4 zones, so you will be able to expand the DC-1000 with 3 additional push buttons. The door chime has 16 different tunes, so you can set it up to know exactly which push buttons is sending the signal to your chime. Door and window contact alerts can also be purchased to use with the DC-1000 as well.

This is usually caused by your privacy code settings. This problem is easily fixed within seconds, but how you do it really depends on your specific product and who manufactured it. Click the link below to read how to avoid this interference.