I have a door bell with front and rear chimes.
The bell works fine for the front, but does not work in the rear.
However, the button for the rear is a lighted switch, and does stay
lit, even though it doesn't ring the chime.
Any suggestions on what may be wrong?
Four years is not bad. I recently fixed mine after 20 years with neither
the front or back working.
If the switch is OK it is the chime. You can usually just touch the wires
together and make the chime work. If it does, that means the switch is bad.
If it does not, it means a wire or the chime is bad. You can also try
reversing the wires in the chime and see if the rear chime works when the
button is pushed on the front.
I've checked the charts, and it's not time yet. Please wait another 4
Also, if you reverse the front and rear wires at the chime, you can
see if the front chime works when you push the button at the rear!
For my side, I put up a motion detector and set it to come on day or
night. Then I spiced a wire onto the hot line to the light and brought
it back into the house. Then I put up a timed relay and ran the
doorbell circuit through the relay. Now, if anyone walks up my
driveway the motion detector goes on and it rings my doorbell. It's
pretty slick and people always wonder why I meet them at the rear door.
I went to a party once, and when I knocked on the door the dog started
barking and the lights inside went on. I waited and knocked again,
and waited and knocked, and eventually realized I was at the wrong
address. I'm not even sure it was a real dog.
On Fri, 15 Sep 2006 08:39:14 -0400, "Craven Morehead"
Just Sunday I was at a stranger's house and I wanted to find out what
kind of tree was growning in their front yard. No car there so I
wrote a note. Went to the carport door to post the note and saw the
tv was on in the kitchen. So I range the bell instead.
No answer. So I went around front and rang the bell. Then I worried
that the person inside would be running from door to door. So I stood
where I could see both doors. :)
The room AC was on too, even though it wasn't hot out.
I left the note, and they called me later, intrastate long distance!
It was a sycamore, 50 or 60 feet high, pruned so that it had the shape
of an arbor vitae. Except big, 10 feet in diameter, excep for the
first 8 feet which were about 4 feet in diameter. I've never seen a
tree like it, but I don't have room.
The doorbell here is a standard chime that's supposed to sound "ding
dong" for the front door and just "ding" for the back. When I moved
in, those two were reversed. I tried to fix it by reversing he "front"
and "back" wires at the chime. Then the front worked right but the
back didn't work at all. It turned out the common connection was wired
I didn't have any lighted buttons then, and don't know if they still
would have lit.
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