How Much Does It Cost to Install or Replace a Doorbell?

by Team HomeServe

Doorbell Installation Costs at a Glance

  • Average total cost: $290
  • Wired doorbell cost: $75
  • Doorbell button: $7
  • Chime: $15-$80
  • Transformer: $12
  • Labor Costs: $150

Most of the time, your doorbell just sits there on the frame, ignored. When you're waiting for an important delivery or visitor, however, its chime is the only sound you want to hear. If your doorbell is quiet or sometimes fails to ring, it's a good idea to replace it before it causes you to miss deliveries — or worse, visits from friends!

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When it comes to doorbell installation costs, how much you end up paying depends on your setup and needs. Here’s what you need to know.

Doorbell Installation Costs: How Much Is It?

According to, the average cost of installing a doorbell is around $290, including materials and labor. The cost to replace doorbells is usually slightly less than the cost of installing one, especially if it's possible to use the existing doorbell's wiring system with the new bell.

If you need to drill new channels for the wires, fit a new socket or install new chimes, the installation cost will be higher. Fortunately, it's often possible to reuse wiring from your existing doorbell installation, so an upgrade or replacement for an old doorbell is usually a fairly simple and inexpensive job.

An image of the inside of a broken doorbell panel on a wall in a home

How Much Does It Cost to Add a Wired Doorbell?

Costs for a doorbell can vary significantly, depending on whether the bell is a simple battery-operated one, a wired doorbell or one of the more modern, internet-connected video devices such as a Ring doorbell. For the purposes of this guide, we're considering the cost of plain old wired doorbells without additional security features.

The average cost of a wired doorbell is about $75, but this can vary. If you're just replacing certain parts rather than installing a whole new system, costs can be much lower. This Old House notes these prices for common replacement parts:

  • Doorbell button: $7
  • Chime: $15 to $80
  • Transformer: $12
transformer used to power a door bell of a house

If your home doesn't currently have a wired doorbell, installing one will require running some electrical wiring from the door to an electrical socket and to wherever you wish to have chimes located. This is a fairly simple job, but it does require some tools and an understanding of how to work with electricity safely — meaning you’ll probably want to call an electrician.

In most cases, it takes an electrician two to three hours to install a wired doorbell. Labor costs should be around $150. If you want to install a smart video doorbell, expect the job to take slightly longer to account for any testing or potential technical issues that arise when setting the doorbell up.

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Do You Need an Electrician to Install a Doorbell?

If you're confident in your home improvement skills and know how to work with electrical systems, you can install a doorbell yourself. For most people, however, fitting a wired doorbell is a job best left to the professionals. This is particularly true if you're planning on installing a doorbell with wireless features; a DIY installation attempt could void the product’s warranty.

Electricians and experienced general contractors are better equipped than amateurs to do the job right the first time around. They can also troubleshoot issues with the transformer or wiring — leading to a quicker and easier installation process.