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Old 03-31-2010, 04:27 PM   #1
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Old doorbell problem


The doorbell in my house is probably from the 1950s. it has two chimes. Pressing the front door button results in both chimes ringing, one ofter the other (bing-bong). Pressing the rear door button results in a buzzing sound from the unit inside the house. The rear button has been replaced, same results (as expected, it was more cosmetic than anything)

- Both the front door and rear door buttons light up so there is power to both buttons
- Both chimes clearly work because the ring when the front button is pressed

So if the rear button has power, and the chimes are working, why doesn't the rear button ring a chime instead of buzzing?

Thanks in advance for the help everyone.
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

OLD doorbells consisted of two solenoids and 2 chime bars and had 3 screws. left and center was front door and rang both chimes. center and right was for back door doorbell and only hit one chime as the other side was blocked.
You need to open it up and see if the solenoid needs cleaning or rewiring. Being it's that old and likely copper strand, it probably does. Next is to check the transformer. That's more involved, but from your description of 'buzzing' may likely be the culprit and need replacing.

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hmm, didn't realize there were separate solenoids. That must be it. Thanks!
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It could be as simple as a dead bug in the solenoid tube.... lol
or maybe a little corrosion, making it stick?

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