We have a new doorbell with Westminster chimes that is hard wired.
When you push the door bell button and release it the door bell chimes
the first bell, but stops. If you hold the door bell button in, the
bell will ring through the entire 8-note chime. Does it sound like it
is miswired or defective. The brand is Heath Zenith. Thanks!
One of the buttons needs a resistor on it. Did you replace the button? Is
the chime new? Did it ever work? The resistor allows it to work through
the entire chime sequence. They give you one with the chime and it goes
across the terminals of the button. RTFM
Worst case scenario is to put a sign over the button asking people to hold
the button through eight notes.
If the chime is powered by a transformer, and not batteries, (some can be
wired either way) it needs a constant 16 volts at the chime and a switch leg
from the chime to each push button. Once the push button is momentarily
pushed, the chime uses its self contained 16 volt power to continue the
melody until its finished. A standard ding-dong chime only requires a
momentary pulse of 16 volts to operate. If this device is replacing a
ding -dong chime, it may be wired incorrectly
I had a doorbell button that was plastic, and finally fell to pieces. I
went and bought another. On the old one, there was a small electronic
device, either a resistor or diode that was wired across the two connectors.
When I installed the new one, the new one did not have one. The doorbell
did the exact same thing, ringing only as long as you held the button down.
I put the little component from the old one back in, and it still would not
work. Apparently there was a polarity issue, as I reversed it, and it
worked just fine.
Not sure if you changed button and all, but you apparently are missing
something in the setup.
replying to rjbe2003, PJA wrote:
The door push button activating the electronic chimes requires a diode across
it's terminals. If it doesn't work, reverse the house wires OR reverse the
diode wires (not both). There is no simpler method of determining which way is
correct. This should solve your problem. If it doesn't, remove the chimes
container and the chimes to get access to the transformer. Measure the voltage
across the two transformer screws. It should be 10 to 16 Volts AC. If not, you
need a new transformer. If the voltage is correct, you have a faulty chime.
Sat, 10 Jun 2017 23:44:02 GMT in
It sounds like the chimes are expecting DC voltage, then. If that's the
case, Don't they have a positive and/or negative connection listed on
them someplace? If one of the two wires going to it has a color code of
somekind (say, a red line on it), one could designate that the plus or
minus one and wire to the switch accordingly. Obviously taking care to
place the diode on the proper wire so it can provide primitive DC
voltage to the electronic circuitry.
I haven't installed that many chimes, but, the ones I have installed
that were of the electronic variety had a plus and minus symbol on
their terminals. Some of them actually had the diode already with them
and it was okay to wire them to a standard ac output transformer. I've
only seen two of them that didn't, and, expected you to provide DC
power to run them. hence the diode...
So I made sure that when I ran the bell wire, I made note of which
color was to be which polarity. YMMV.
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