How to Hide Doorbell Transformer

It can be a pain to find an outlet for your doorbell transformer when you’re in the middle of re-wiring your house. Luckily, there’s an easy way to do it that doesn’t involve running wires all over the place and cutting into sheetrock.

How to Hide Doorbell Transformer

The most important thing is figuring out where on the exterior of the house you want the transformer mounted; it needs to be close enough for wiring but far enough away so that people won’t trip or step on any cables when they come up to ring your bell.

If you don’t know where this spot is yet, measure how long your old wiring was so you have some idea, and wait until you have your new doorbell selected before deciding on a spot. The following article will teach you how to hide doorbell transformer.

Step to Follow on How to Hide Doorbell Transformer

Step One: Find the Transformer

Your doorbell transformer is usually located at your main electrical panel or in an electrical box attached to your home. The most common doorbell transformers are black,  about one square inch, and have a removable cover with two wire connections attached. The voltage of the doorbell transformer is usually 24 volts or less.

Find the Transformer

Step Two: Remove the Cover

Remove the cover on your doorbell transformer. If you have a screwdriver handy, there are usually screws holding the cover in place. This exposes two wires attached to small bolts. The wire connected to the bolt with yellow tape is your common wire, and the one connected with red tape is your hot wire.

Step Three: Remove the Wires

Remove the wires from their connections by unscrewing the small bolts with a screwdriver. The wire connected with red tape is your hot wire, and the one connected to the bolt in the yellow tape is your common wire. Depending on what you are using for your doorbell chime or bell, you may have to find a way to keep the common wire connected in some fashion.

Step Four: Connect Wires to Chime

Find your doorbell chime. Match up the colors of the two wires you removed from your doorbell transformer with the two wires on your new chime if they are not already connected. If you are using a wireless unit, you obviously will not have a wired connection to worry about.

Check the directions for your wireless doorbell chime to ensure no polarity issues if using two receivers. Follow all safety precautions when working with electric current, even from low voltage doorbell transformers.

Step Five: Place the Chime

Hang or place your new doorbell chime in a location where there won’t be any electrical interference. Make sure that it is within range of the location where you plan to place your push button so you can hear it when someone presses it. If using a wireless unit, make sure the batteries are working correctly and replace them if necessary.

Step Six: Restore Power

Turn your doorbell transformer’s power back on by screwing the bolts on the wire connections back in place to assemble the unit. Next, test out your new doorbell chime by pressing your push button or wireless transmitter, and make sure that it is working correctly before reinstalling the cover.

You Can Check It Out to Add a Second Doorbell Chime From the Transformer

Step Seven: Reinstall Cover

Reinstall the cover on your doorbell transformer by screwing it back in place. Ensure the wires are tucked away so they will not be damaged or disconnected during normal use of your household doorbell. Have someone ring your new chime to make sure that it is working properly before placing the push button outside where it can be easily accessed.

If the transformer is not in a readily accessible location, you may wish to install an electrical box there instead. This way, it can be hooked up easily without requiring an extension cord or detour around other obstacles. Just make sure you place the cover on the new electrical box before turning your transformer back on, or you will have live wires exposed.

Step Eight: Place Push Button Outside

Hang or place your new push-button at a location where you can hear it when someone presses it. If using a wireless transmitter, make sure the batteries are working properly and replace them if necessary. Test out your new doorbell chime by pressing it to ensure it works correctly before reinstalling the cover.

Place Push Button Outside

Tape the two wires you disconnected from the doorbell transformer to your new push-button if they are not already connected. Just make sure you place the cover on the latest electrical box before turning your transformer back on, or you will have live wires exposed.

Conclusion

It is essential to hide the doorbell transformer for safety reasons. Hiding your doorbell transformer can be done with many different methods, so it’s not hard at all! You should keep in mind a few things when hiding your doorbell transformer; however, if possible, use an outlet that has an unoccupied slot and does not have anything plugged into any other outlets nearby.

When using this method or another one of your choosing, make sure there is no way for someone to come in contact with the wire as they lean over to plug something else in. The infomercial style of this article has shared information on how to hide doorbell transformers.

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