How to Replace a Doorbell Button

Magically replace an outdated or broken hard-wired doorbell with these few steps.

Tools and Materials:

  • screwdriver
  • needle-nose pliers
  • voltage detector
  • doorbell button
  • caulk

Step 1: Turn power off

Turn off the power at the circuit breaker or fuse box.

Step 2: Remove old doorbell

Use a screwdriver to remove the existing doorbell. The two wires will be attached to two screw terminals on the doorbell.

Step 3: Remove wires from old button

Use a screwdriver to loosen the screws and needle-nose pliers to guide the wires away from the existing bell.

Step 4: Caulk Old Screw Holes

  • If the trim underlying the doorbell is wood, patch the screw holes with wood filler and repaint.
  • If the underlying material is vinyl, take a bead of caulk and plug the existing screw holes to prevent moisture from seeping behind the trim.

Step 5: Connect new button

  • The needle-nose pliers will be helpful when it comes to attaching the small wires to the small screws on the new doorbell.
  • Once the wire is wrapped around each screw, tighten the screws on the side of the doorbell using the screwdriver, ensuring that each wire is firmly connected beneath the screws.
  • At this point, turn the power back on, and see that the wiring is correct by checking for a light on the product (if applicable) and pressing the button to make sure the doorbell rings.

Step 6: Attach doorbell to trim

  • Once the wires are attached, you can gently fold any excess wire and compress the mechanism back into position.
  • Hold the doorbell surround level, and use a drill to create new pilot holes for the screws.
  • Use the screwdriver to connect the new doorbell to the trim.

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