Cost to Replace a Doorbell – 2021

| Last Updated: August 22, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 260

$ 45

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 54% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Replace a Doorbell noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to replace a doorbell? The contractor cost of replacing a doorbell is $260 vs. doing it yourself for $45 and saving 83 percent. 

OK, a doorbell isn’t exactly the focal point of your home, but just wait until it stops working and you’ll be surprised by how much you depend on it. Replacing one used to be a major challenge of pulling wires through the walls, however, today’s units are designed for easy replacement.

An electrician will charge $260 to replace a wired chimed doorbell; you can do the job for $45, the cost of the unit, and save 83 percent. You need to do some preliminary work to find out why the old one isn’t working. It can be a faulty switch or transformer or broken wiring. You can replace an old doorbell with a new one if the problem is a faulty switch or transformer.

The job involves testing the existing bell and replacing the unit. You’ll need basic electrical skills and tools, including a screwdriver, multi-tester and slip-joint pliers. If the problem turns out to be bad wiring, hire an electrician, who can run new wires through the house a lot easier than you can.

If you want to take an easier route, look for a wireless doorbell and chime that operates on batteries or that plugs into an electrical outlet. You can remove the old unit and install the new one in its place.

The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to replace a doorbell with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision.

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Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.