Go Back   BuildingHomes.ca - Building your community! > Ontario > Ottawa

Ottawa For those in Ottawa, Kanata, Stittsville, Orleans, Nepean. Mattamy, Minto, Bridlewood, Cardel, Claridge, Braebury, Monarch, Barrhaven, Half Moon Bay, Fairwinds, Findlay Creek, Notting Hill, West Pointe, Stonebridge, Edinburgh Common, Uniform at Orchard-Stonebridge-Barrhaven and more!


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 2021-02-18, 12:04 PM
Erka Erka is offline
Junior Member
Regular User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ontario/Orleans
Posts: 15
Default Example of electric panel

Would you please have a look at this picture and let me know which breaker is for the door bell button/system? The writing is horrendous
I just want to replace my door bell buttons. I am unable to find the correct breaker.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	PanneauElectrique.JPG
Views:	261
Size:	67.3 KB
ID:	14813  
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 2021-02-18, 03:35 PM
BrianT's Avatar
BrianT BrianT is offline
Senior Member
Regular User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ontario - Orleans
Posts: 3,197
Default

Is the doorbell transformer attached to your electrical panel? If so, it will give you a rough ideal on which breaker it's on based on where it's installed. Mine was not labelled either. For me, it's on the same breaker as the electrical plug next to the panel. Worst case is you turn off power to the entire panel.
__________________
Builder: Tamarack Homes
Location: Chaperal (Orleans)
House: Avon 4E
Moved In: April 10th 2010
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 2021-02-19, 07:25 AM
Halton Home Inspector Halton Home Inspector is offline
Senior Member
Regular User
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Milton
Posts: 831
Default

Answer above is good. Most of the time the doorbell transformer is attached to the side of the electrical panel. It is a square shaped device with small wires attached to it. Two wires from the transformer go to the bell and two go into the panel where they connect to a breaker. Most of the time they connect to a breaker that provides power to something else in house. When 2 black wires connect to a breaker this it called a double-tap. Double-taps are not permitted but when done with low voltage devices like transformers this is often overlooked by electrical inspectors.

In other words -

1) You will not be able to figure out which breaker provides power to the doorbell without opening the panel and this is hazardous to do for most home owners.

2) The breaker powering the transformer should be the only one in the panel with 2 wires connected to it.
__________________
For the new home warranty inspection services you need and deserve call Andy Shaw at 905 876 4761
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 2021-02-19, 10:15 AM
bpsmicro bpsmicro is offline
Junior Member
Regular User
 
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 29
Default

I wouldn't trust the labels regardless. Find your prime suspect breaker and turn it off. If the doorbell stops working, you probably found it. Confirm by turning that one breaker back on and making sure it comes back.
If it's not that breaker, start working your way down the line. Once you know for sure, update the label.
My doorbell was indeed double-tapped with another circuit.

Even when the labels seem clear, I'd never trust them and would always test the circuit after turning off the suspect breaker before messing around.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 2021-02-19, 01:06 PM
AvalonMacpherson AvalonMacpherson is offline
Senior Member
Regular User
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: ottawa
Posts: 146
Default

I've never turned off the breaker for a doorbell, they don't run off much power.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 2021-02-19, 03:21 PM
oakvillehomeowner oakvillehomeowner is offline
Senior Member
Regular User
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,899
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AvalonMacpherson View Post
I've never turned off the breaker for a doorbell, they don't run off much power.
true, but if you accidentally short the circuit when you're swapping the doorbell, there's a good chance you'll be buying a new transformer.

if you're the type the throws the breaker instead of the switch to replace a light fixture, then you should probably throw the breaker for this as well.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 2021-02-21, 12:12 PM
Mark & Lynda Mark & Lynda is offline
Senior Member
Regular User
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Stouffville
Posts: 2,656
Default

It's low voltage. Don't need to cut the breaker really
__________________
Mark
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 2021-03-09, 01:28 PM
Erka Erka is offline
Junior Member
Regular User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ontario/Orleans
Posts: 15
Default

Thank you everyone for your replies. I did not take any risk I called an electrician via https://www.homestars.com/. Costs = 190$
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 2021-03-16, 01:16 AM
Volleyman Volleyman is offline
Member
Regular User
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 53
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Erka View Post
Thank you everyone for your replies. I did not take any risk I called an electrician via https://www.homestars.com/. Costs = 190$
Not judging, but 190$ could have been saved by following the advice given when asked...
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 2021-03-17, 04:04 PM
GaryV GaryV is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2021
Posts: 3
Smile

hope all goes well for you buddy
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Breaker Panel: 200 AMP vs 100 AMP? sjla Ottawa 19 2020-03-04 07:39 PM
Alarm panel PhilD Stouffville - River Ridge, MainStreet and Country Lane 2 2011-11-01 10:14 AM
200 amp vs 100 amp panel PAT9 Building and Construction 15 2011-05-18 11:55 AM
TV panel mount help zzricezz Home Technology and Electronics 3 2009-10-18 11:53 PM
how many electric heaters? zillu Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 1 2009-02-06 09:06 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:23 AM.



Copyright © PHAND Corporation
This document may not be used elsewhere without the expressed written consent of PHAND Corporation.
*** There is no association between this website and any builder. ***

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.10
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.