When your doorbell button stops working, it can be a nuisance to have to try to listen to someone knocking on your door instead of listening for the doorbell. Thankfully, replacing an old doorbell button is a simple, easy and affordable fix that can happen in a matter of minutes. If you have a few other projects that need to be completed around the home, it might be in your best interest to hire a residential contractor, such as Quality Design Inc., instead of taking on the task yourself.

But, if you are ready to take on the task yourself here are the steps you’ll need to know to quickly replace your old, broken doorbell.

Step 1: Shut Off Power

Locate your doorbell button on the circuit breaker or fuse box and turn it off. To ensure that you have turned off the correct power source, try to ring the doorbell or check to see if the doorbell is still illuminated. If the doorbell was already broken, rely on a voltage detector to test for power going to the doorbell button.

Step 2: Remove Old Doorbell Button and Wires

Use a screwdriver, remove the existing doorbell button from the house. On the back will be two wires that are connected to screw terminals, using the same screwdriver loosen the screws and remove the wires from the terminals.

Step 3: Fill Holes if Necessary

If the screw holes for your new doorbell button don’t match up with the existing holes, you may need to fill them before installing the new doorbell button. The underlying trim will determine how to patch the holes. If the trim is wood, use a wood filler and simply paint over the holes. If the trim is vinyl, use a bead of caulk to plug the holes, preventing moisture from seeping in behind the trim.

Step 4: Attach New Doorbell Button

Needle nose pliers will be useful in attaching the small power wires to the screw terminals on the back of the new doorbell button. One the wire is firmly wrapped around each screw, use a screwdriver to tighten the screws, ensuring that the wire is firmly connected.

Once the wires are attached, you can turn the power back on to check and make sure that the new doorbell button is wired correctly. Some transformers will still operate regardless of which wire is connected to which screw. If your doorbell button is not working, simply turn the power off again and switch the wires and try again. If your doorbell button is still not working, you may need to look into replacing the transformer itself.

Step 5: Attach Doorbell Button to Trim

Once the wires are attached and the doorbell is working properly, gently fold any extra wires and compress the button into place. Hold the new doorbell button in place and drill pilot holes using a drill gun. Using a screwdriver, secure the doorbell button to the trim using the predrilled holes.

With a few simple tools and a little bit of time, you can have a fully functioning doorbell button without having to hire it out to a residential contractor. There is no reason to put up with a doorbell button that doesn’t work when it is so easy and simple to replace! Now, head to your nearest hardware store and get to work replacing your doorbell button!