How to Replace a Doorbell Button

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Most doorbell buttons have a light in them so people can see them at night. Occasionally they light may go out. Watch as a professional home improvement expert shows how to fix a doorbell button in this free video clip.

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Hi I'm James with JNC Home Repair. Today I'm going to show you how to replace a doorbell button. First thing you want, most common problem with a doorbell button is it's not working. People coming up and, you know, ring the doorbell and it's not ringing inside. Or, it may be a simple problem as the light's not working. They're designed to have a light inside of them so if people walk up at your porch at night and there's no light on, they can actually see the doorbell button. That's the two major problems and the most common problems you're going to want to do, unless you want to replace one just for cosmetic reasons. You may just want a difference appearance, you know. You may want to relocate it, maybe changing some siding and going to a different style of siding and you may want to move it around. You know, there's a lot of different variables depending on what your situation is. But, basically, the installation and removal and installation is exactly the same on all of them. All you're going to need, basically, is a flat head screwdriver. You just want to take your screwdriver, and there's two screws, there's one on the top and there's one on the bottom. You're going to need a fairly small flathead screwdriver to do this because the screws are so small. You won't be able to get a number two screwdriver in there, so you're going to need a number one, it's a real small one. Once you're got the screws removed, it just comes right off of the house. Now, just don't try to yank it off because there may not be a lot of slack of line inside the wall, so as you can see here, we don't have too much to play with. Basically, there's two wires, it's a DC current, it's a twenty-four volt circuit. It's just two wires, a positive and a negative. And all you do is, what you're going to do is you're going to remove the two screws that are holding the wires in, just like so, and you'll remove the other one. And it's a good rule of thumb to remember which wire is on the top and which wire is on the bottom. Usually the positive is on top, and I usually like to bend, make a little bend in my wire, or something, so I can remember which one is the positive and which one is the negative without having to break out a meter and test wires which. That's removing the button. We're going to install the button, it's just reversal of the removal. You want to bend you're little tabs to the right so they don't work their way off the screw, just like so. If you've got that one tightened down, you get your other wire, tighten up with your screwdriver. Sometimes the wire's a little difficult to get in there, but you just got to hold it in place until you get it tight. Once you've got it tight, just snug it down on both and reattach it to the wall. If you're going back in with the same kind of button, you won't have to touch up any kind of paint or anything, you normally just go right back in the same holes where the old screws were. If you're going with a different type of button, you may have to drill new holes for the new button.

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