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Old 09-17-2018, 09:16 PM   #1
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Bulb / lamp ceiling receptacle with odd device attached


Greetings.. Was hoping someone can tell me what in the world is attached to this receptacle. It is actually emitting a buzzing noise. Any help would be great before I replace it and end up electrocuted somehow!
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That is your doorbell transformer.
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Aha! Odd that my doorbell is half way across the house from this location..and my doorbell does not work. So this is just converting to DC? I can unhook and go with a wireless doorbell instead of troubleshooting a 40 year old doorbell. Thanks very much for your help!
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At least you can find your transformer, ours went bad and I have no idea where it is? I've looked in all the obvious places and it's not there.
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It outputs 24 volts AC. Feel free to disconnect and go with a wireless doorbell if you want to.
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You might learn that at one time a deaf person lived there and the door bell dims the light instead of having a chime. Unless Iím wrong.


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You might learn that at one time a deaf person lived there and the door bell dims the light instead of having a chime. Unless Iím wrong.


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Anything is possible but that is just a normal doorbell transformer.
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Aha! Odd that my doorbell is half way across the house from this location..and my doorbell does not work.

Is the transformer very warm ? If it humming and very warm, it could very well be that the contacts on your door bell switch are simply stuck closed.
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That's a great idea actually. Thank you for the suggestion I'll give it a try.
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It has to be/been connected to a chime or something somewhere. Curiosity would have me running it down. The transformer has to have a connection for a signal device.

Iím thinking about a new doorbell but I put a $300 Nest thermostat that wants me to be 74 degrees and I want to be 71. The better Ring doorbell is $250-$500.


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Yes it's connected to a chime. Well I assume it is. The wire runs in that direction. I haven't messed with the chime yet. Just moved in a few months ago so checking off projects as time permits. We use a nest cam as our baby monitor. Are you saying nest makes a doorbell system as well that might tie in? I'll have to check that out.. Thanks in advance.
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Nest makes the Nest Hello video door bell.

https://nest.com/ca/doorbell/nest-hello/overview/
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