Along the lines of my previous posts, if I can't clean it up to make
it work in place, I might take it home to work upon and then reinstall
if I can make it work. I don't know the exact model but it's a wired
Nutone (recent vintage) door chime. Nothing fancy just consider it
builder's grade. That said, anyone know the wire gage these things
get wired? What I have in mind is to extend the wires from my own
door chime at home to the floor so I can work upon the one in need of
repair. I know it's a light gage (fine) ... just not sure how crucial
it is to match so I can extend and work from the floor.
I don't believe that there is any repairable, replaceable, part on a
basic Nutone chime. It really makes no sense to remove it from it's
current location for testing, as you have everything you need right
there. The only practical reason to remove it, is to replace it with
Probably not. You can pull off the cover and see if the plunger moves.
There will be two plungers, one for each solenoid. The front door
plunger is double acting. It strikes the upper tone bar when pulled in,
and hits the lower tone bar when released. My guess is that that plunger
is frozen. The other plunger is for the rear bell, which you don't have.
It only strikes one bar (ding), that one is probably fine, because it's
If it moves freely, it is not the plunger. Just pull it back and
release it to check it. If the magnet does not pull it back, the
chime will not work. All the magnet does is pull and release. I've
seen many go bad, never saw a stuck plunger but you'll know as soon as
you touch it.
My Nutone has a label that suggests that the solenoid plungers be cleaned
with lighter fluid if they are sticking. Have you tried that? The label
advises to NOT oil them. I fixed my doorbell about a decade ago by using
Turn the power off at the fuse box and give them a couple of squirts
while working them with something thin like a knife. Wait a few minutes
while the lighter fluid evaporates and dissipates. Turn the power back on.
the problem is nearly always a bad switch or wire. found one wire that
was close to a natural gas pipe hanger.
drove our family nuts, the hot water tank burner would tturn on, the
pipe would move a little and ring the dioor bell.
at age 11 i found and fixed it, a big deal when your a kid
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