Step 2: Test Button

man testing a doorbell with a multimeter
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Set the multimeter to test for continuity. Place its probes on each of the terminal screws in the back of the button, then press the button. If the meter's needle doesn't move, the button is bad and should be replaced (Step 3). If the needle does move, reattach the wires, reinstall the button, and go to Step 4.
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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