General

Do you have an older wired doorbell button or simply want to replace a wired doorbell button with a new design? At first, it could seem a little overwhelming, but it's actually a fairly straightforward process if have the right tools and the know how. Please watch the short video below where our friend, Dennis Coffey demonstrates how to replace a wired doorbell button. As always, we recommend you hire a certified electrician. If you decide to do this yourself, please ensure you cut off electricity to the push button prior to working on it.

Video on How to Replace a Wired Doorbell Button

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.

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.

Wired Doorbell Buttons Selection

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.

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 LRA-PBTX. This wireless transmitter uses a LED bulb to illuminate the center push button once the visitor pushes the button to show a successful transmission.

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 Long Range Doorbell Extender kit Business Grade Door Chime

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.

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.

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

RC3250 Carlon Wireless Door Chime Kit Great for Residential Use

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

Carlon RC3510D Outdoor Rated Wireless Battery Operated Chime Kit

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

Rc4120 Long Range Wireless Carlon Door Chime

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


 

 

LRA-D1000

LRA-D1000A with White Push Button

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.

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

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.

ModelVoltageVA(Watts)Notes
DH90516V10VAIdeal for up to one doorbell, chime, buzzer, or bell.
DH9108V-16V-24V10VA and 20VATri-voltage transformer, ideal for up to two chimes.
T161016V10VAIdeal for one chime w/ bell wire run less than 50 feet.
T163016V30VAIdeal for multi-chimes

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.