If you have a larger home, you may notice that it is hard to hear the doorbell ring within certain areas of your home. If this is the case for you, then you should think about wiring your door bell in a different way. There are ways that you can wire your doorbell that will allow you to install multiple chimes throughout the house. This will allow you to hear that someone is at the door in any spot in your home!
Turn Off the Power First
Before you get started, you need to be safe, it is always important that you shut your power off while you are working on your doorbell. You are working with wires that have electricity running through them and the last thing you want is a shock. You can shut your power off through your circuit box, which is typically in the back of your home or on the side yard.
Take Out Switch and Disconnect Wires
You will then need to use a flathead screwdriver to unscrew the switch and take it out of the wall. The wires should be relatively simple to disconnect. Once that is finished take the switch and set it aside. You might want to keep your old switch because it might come in handy at time, it is obviously not broken, but it can be used as a backup.
Trim Wires and Use New Switch
Take a close look at your wires to see if they are frayed or not. If they are, you may need to trim them so you do not run into any complications when connecting your new switch. Connect the wires to the new switch terminals. Tighten it up with some screws and then install.
Utilize Your Transformer
Your transformer is what is going to allow you to connect your switch to various chimes within your home. Place your chimes strategically so that you know you will be able to hear when someone is at the door at all times. You might need to use a better transformer that can hold more than one chime. Some transformers have a hard time and will only allow you to hear your chime faintly. There are three wires that you are going to use in order to connect to the transformer. You may want to make sure that you can conceal your wires prior to installing a new chime.
Turn the Power On and Test It Out
Once you have your chimes set in place and you have all of your wires hooked up and ready to go, you can then turn your power back on and give your new system a try. There may be a few bugs to work out and you may need to get a transformer that runs off of more than 12 Volts. Play around with the settings of your chime and your doorbell switch and make sure that the chime can be heard loudly and clearly through the entire house!