Step 1: Check Button

man unscrewing a doorbell button
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Remove the screws holding the button to the door casing. Unscrew the wires from the button and cross them. If the chime rings, then you've found the problem. Go to Step 3 and replace the button. If the chime doesn't ring, go to Step 2.
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    Tools List

    • multi-bit screwdriver
      Multi-bit screwdriver
    • multimeter
      Multimeter, available at home centers for about $15
    • wire strippers
      Wire stripper

    Shopping List

    doorbell button (if needed)

    18-gauge wire

    doorbell chime (if needed)

    electrical tape

    wire nuts