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Old 01-02-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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Recently bought a house. The doorbell quite chiming. Electrician (home warranty) said the transformer wasn't big enough for the chime in both the upstairs and downstairs. Basement is finished. Is there an easy way to find out where the transformer is without cutting a thousand holes in the ceiling?

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The handyman is a idiot. As for its location, could be inside the breaker panel, on the side, up in the attic, in the garage, in the ceiling of the basement, inside of a junction box with a blank on it, behind the chime hanging on the wall. Time for you to figure out which circuit powers it, and use a Fox & Hound to trace the low-voltage wiring from the chime to the location of the transformer.

My guess is that you said that the basement was finished, who knows what mysteries you will find up there, so you may not be ready for that one.

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Not in any visible location ( breaker box, garage, attic). I can't seem to trace the wires, because of it being finished. Everything is on the same circuit so that didn't help.
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If the transformer can work either front or back door, it's big enough.

Rarely if ever are both doors buttons pressed at the same time and even so, you will get a confusing sound or just one of the tone sequences.

Sometimes heavier wiring will help. If so, and it is possible and accessible to upgrade just one of hte wires, that will improve things even if the other wire is not upgraded.

If the transformer has selections for different voltages (using taps) do not choose a higher voltage if you use illuminated buttons that call for a lower voltage. You will burn out the buttons.
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Not in any visible location ( breaker box, garage, attic). I can't seem to trace the wires, because of it being finished. Everything is on the same circuit so that didn't help.
Like I stated before, you will need a Fox & Hound set.
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Okay maybe I'm not being clear. There is a door chime upstairs and also one in the basement. They are tied to the same transformer. Only one button at the front door. I think it was added so when in the basement they could hear the doorbell upstairs. What is a fox and hound and where can I get one?
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I would get rid of one of the chimes, and put in a wireless one. The transmitter would connect at the doorbell chime downstairs, and the receiver would be the new chime upstairs.

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