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Question DetailsAsked on 5/3/2018

COST OF REPLACING A TRANSFORMER FOR A DOORBELL

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Generally, minimum service call charge (which includes 1/2 or 1 hour worth of labor usually) would cover it unless very hard to track down (well hidden by drywall) or very poor access - like buried under stairs which are packed with stored stuff. Handyman usually around $50-100/hr, electrician usually $100-175/hour (from about $75-350/hour in extreme areas).


Transformer itself about $20-50 billout cost ($10-30 retail cost at stores).


Unless you have a volt-ohm meter and know how to safely measure the voltage (if it is working) or can see an output voltage rating on the transformer or a voltage rating on the door buzzer/chime unit (may be 8, 12, 16, 24, 48 volt depending on age of system and whether it is operating through an intercom or home security system too), he is likely (especially if a handyman rather than an electrician) to have to check the system voltage first, then go to get one of the right voltage - so that can add up labor charges.


Are you sure it is the transformer ? They rarely fail - probably most commonly the push button (about $5 or less at store) or sometimes the chime unit.

Answered 6 months ago by LCD




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