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MikePA

02:52PM | 11/22/03
Member Since: 10/28/03
3 lifetime posts
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OK...doorbell went out. Changed the doorbell button...no luck. Changed the chime...no luck. Transformer is dead but I can't find it! It's not in the garage and I have a finished basement so I can't see up in the ceiling. I'm afraid the previous owner maybe closed it in when they finished the basement. I also looked in the attic but there's about 10 inches of blown in insulation and you can't see anything. I fished around and followed all the wires I could find but no luck.
Any ideas of where this thing might be hidden? I thought they were typically located in the basement.

Should I be worried about a dead transformer sitting somewhere? The 16V secondary side is dead but it would still have 120V going to it. Of course whatever circuit it's on would have a breaker behind it.

I guess I'll have to get a wireless one if I want a doorbell.

rpxlpx

08:46AM | 11/25/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
It might be helpful to remove the chime from the wall and look to see if the wires go up or down inside the wall. That will give you a clue where to go next.

MikePA

08:52AM | 11/25/03
Member Since: 10/28/03
3 lifetime posts
Thanks for the reply.

I was able to find some wires that matched those coming out of the wall at the chime stuffed up in the ceiling in my furnace closet in the basement. As it turns out, the transformer was attatched to the switch box on my OLD furnace which I had replaced about a month ago. The furnace guys must not have known what it was for and just cut the wires and threw the transformer away with the old furnace.

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