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andy.maliszewski
Door Bell Chime does not play full musical song, what diode is needed?
andy.maliszewski

Our 8 Westminster doorbell chime stopped working-don't know the brand. After evaluating what was broken, identified doorbell button was the problem. Bought a "heath zenith" lighted button, but chime doesn't play the 8 tones. Can't find a doorbell button with a diode. Can you separately buy a diode and add it to any regular lighted doorbell button? If yes, what type of diode?

Mastercarpentry
Re: Door Bell Chime does not play full musical song, what diode is needed?
Mastercarpentry

Apparently your bell unit operates on 2 discrete wireless channels and your new button is registering as the back door. Or it's digitally encoded and the new button isn't sending the right code. Either way it's not a simple fix like adding a diode somewhere. Your best bet is to replace everything with new, these are not that expensive or tough to install. Dump the supplied batteries and get new Eveready cells, they will last 3X longer.

Phil

dj1
Re: Door Bell Chime does not play full musical song, what diode is needed?
dj1

Only a push button from the original manufacturer will work, and chances are that the manufacturer is not around anymore.

Also, how many times a year does your bell ring? How important is it for you to have a certain numbers of notes in the ring, when the bell is used?

Door bells have gone wireless. I use bells that cost $10 (GE is one brand) and get terrific service from them. You can mount them anywhere, they are wireless. You can select any tone you want - they give you a choice. They also come in different sizes, colors and shapes.

Enjoy the chime.

hollasboy
Re: Door Bell Chime does not play full musical song, what diode is needed?
hollasboy

Is it an electronic speaker doorbell, or does it actually have the 4 metal chimes with solenoid pistons that strike them? If it's electronic, chunk it and buy a new one. They're cheap and easy to fix.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

 Yes, does take a diode. it goes in the pushbutton. it does matter which way it is put in. it wont hurt anything if it is backwards, just wont work. diode designation will be 1N4001, probably - good luck finding any definite parts designations online, its like its a secret or something, but 1N4001 should be correct. The diode is easy to install, you dont have to worry about the manufacturer and any pushbutton will work with any doorbell(barring the need for a diode).

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