January 25, 2018
Wireless bell that rings when no one is there at the door (“ghost”/ “phantom” bell ringing)
This is uncommon but happens a fair bit:
The doorbell ghost!
GUYS, THERE ARE NO GHOSTS, NO SPIRITS, NO SUCH THING. ONLY THE REAL WORLD, WITH REAL CAUSES (I KNOW, I’M SORRY TO DISAPPOINT!). THESE ARE SOME OF THE POSSIBLE CAUSES:
- Sticky button: “a sticking button can cause the chime to ring continuously or randomly, depending on how well it is making contact with the sensor. Test the button by pressing and releasing to feel if it sticks, or by disconnecting the button while leaving the rest of the system intact and listening to see if it still randomly chimes.” [Source]
2. Another wireless device attempting to communicate on the same frequency as your wireless doorbell is a common cause of phantom ringing. The culprit can be a neighbor’s wireless doorbell, a garage door opener, car fobs, remote controls and wireless microphones. To fix the problem, you will need to change the privacy code on your doorbell. Depending on the model, you may need to cut wires, change the position of dip switches or push a series of buttons. Check with the manufacturer for specific instructions. [Source]
“A wireless doorbell may be receiving signals from nearby doorbells or electronic devices such as cell phones or garage door openers. Some wireless models allow you to change the frequency at which they operate, which may solve the problem. If not, you may need to purchase a new doorbell with a range of frequencies and the ability to block other frequencies.” [Source]
Other reasons a wireless doorbell may ring without being pressed include:
3. Low batteries
4. Damage to the receiver
5. Moisture in the button mechanism. [Source]
NOBODY THERE, DOORBELL GHOST, DOORBELL POLTERGEIST, MYSTERIOUS RINGING, paranormal doorbell ringing, haunted doorbell.