The house was built new in 1983 and I've replaced the button for the
front doorbell a couple of times over the years. It was an unlighted
button originally and I've always replaced it with an unlighted button.
This time I haven't been able to find an unlighted button so I bought
one that lights. When I attach the second wire, the doorbell begins
ringing and doesn't stop until I remove the second wire. I thought the
first replacement button was bad so I bought another, also lighted, and
the same thing happens. Back doorbell was replaced with an unlighted
button a few years ago and still works fine.
I've found an online source for an unlighted replacement pushbutton but
is that my problem? Any insight would be appreciated.
Is it one of those door bells that go Ding Dong from the front door
and Ding from the back?
My house is from 1979 and that's the kind I have. The lighted button
works fine for mine, but you don't relally need he light (obviously)
and the wire is probably visible, a thin wire attached near where the
wire to the house goes.
I'm not sure what a digital doorbell would be, or why you would have
You just described about 95% of doorbells made in the last 35 years (the
remaining 5% doing crazy things like playing songs...)
What wire? He's fine with the wire, he wants to know if a lighted button is
causing his doorbell issues. What's the "thin wire attached neear where the
wire to the house goes? I don't understand what you're trying to
A digital doorbell is one that uses a microprocessor and speaker to play a
tone, vs. solenoids and a bell.
When we built the house in 1983, we installed one of those crazy
doorbells that plays 30+ songs. It was amazing technology back in the
day and the contractors wore out the batteries playing all the
different songs before we even moved in. BTW, the batteries are just to
change the songs....otherwise it's a standard doorbell with the
transformer in the basement.
I tried removing the bulb in the new button this morning and you can't
do it without making the new button inoperable. I'm going to order the
unlighted replacement button online. Thanks, everyone, for the ideas.
digital doorbells do wierd stuff like this been there done that:(
there was a work around like a diode across the bell, its probably
still there but the new owners might object to finding me disassembling
sold the house a couple years ago
no doubt you can intentially burn out the bulb by zapping it on too
high a voltage but its way easier to swap the switch
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