Doorbell Chimes: Change That Annoying Tune

After a while, the doorbell chimes for your home can start to become annoying.  Even if your doorbell chimes don’t drive you crazy every time you hear them, you may simply want to upgrade by exchanging your old chimes for ones that have a more soothing sound. If this is the case, you’ve found the right article.


Assuming that there are existing doorbell chimes in the house, changing your door chimes is going to be a relatively simple process because pretty much everything you need to upgrade is already in place. The only thing you need is new chimes, which you can obtain by either shopping online or by going to a local hardware store. 

Tools You’ll Need

Here are some tools you’ll probably need in order to switch chimes:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Safety Glasses
  • Ladder
  • Tape

Step 1 – Remove the Cover of the Existing Chimes

  • First, disconnect the power source to the existing doorbell chimes.
  • Next, remove the cover from the chimes.
  • Then remove the doorbell’s wiring while taking care to note the location of each of the wires. Use tape to mark the wires as 1, 2, 3, etc.

Step 2 – Remove the Old Chimes

  • Unscrew the doorbell chimes from the wall.
  • Tape the wires you disconnected to the wall so that the wires do not inadvertently drop through the hole in the wall.

Step 3 – Put the New Chimes in Place

  • Thread the wires through the back of the new doorbell chimes.
  • Mount the new chimes to the wall.
  • Connect the wires according to the marks you made.
  • Place the cover on the chimes.
  • Restore the power to the doorbell chimes system.
  • Test the chimes. Everything should be fine. If for some reason the chimes are not working properly, check to be sure that the wiring is correct.

Some More Tips

Always disconnect the power source before changing the doorbell chimes. Failure to do so could result in injury or even death.

Always follow the instruction that come with your new doorbell chimes. If you fail to read the instructions, you may miss key installation instructions and important safety precautions. 

It’s always best to have a helper around to handle your tools when you are not using them.

When you remove the power source from the doorbell chimes, let others know that the power has been turned off. 

Always remember: safety first!