If you have a Ring Doorbell 3, you probably know all the amazing features it has. It helps make your home more secure by alerting you when there is a motion or someone by your door. Although the Ring has its own chime and noises, some people still wonder if they can use their existing chime with their Ring Doorbell 3.

The Ring Doorbell 3 is compatible with AC-powered door chimes operating with 8-24 AC transformers. You can also use it with the Ring Chime and the Ring Chime Pro. However, it is not compatible with any other brand of wireless chimes.

Below, we’ll talk about what existing door chimes can be used with the Ring Doorbell 3 and how to set up the doorbell with different chimes.

What Chimes Can I Use with My Ring Doorbell 3?

The Ring Doorbell 3 is compatible with AC-powered door chimes with 8-24 transformers.

If you like your existing chime and want to continue to use it, you will need to check and see if it’s compatible with the Ring Doorbell 3. Most people don’t know whether their chime meets that specification or not.

If you still have a user manual for your chime, it will tell you what kind of chime you have. You might also need to contact the company of the chime. If you live in a rental home, consider asking the landlord if they can help you.

Ring has done some testing on existing chimes and has found several mechanical chimes that are compatible:

ArlecDCS02, DCS13
Broan950W, 971, 973, 978, C105, CBP972, CBP978, CD-110NB, RC140WH-A, 210, RC210
Home Depot216598, 216599
HoneywellRCW100N, E2609
Marks Products CoSnapit 600C Single Door, Snapit 6330C Golden Tone Door Signal Chime

There are many other brands that have compatible chimes, such as:

  • NuTone
  • Nicor
  • Quorum
  • Rittenhouse
  • Sears Roebuck
  • Siemens
  • Sp0re
  • Style Selections
  • Tamlite Lighting
  • Tiber/Craftmade
  • Tieber
  • Trine
  • USI Electric

There are also many different kinds of digital chimes that are compatible with the Ring Doorbell 3:

FriedlandD525ST Phonicia, D844 Seattle
Hampton BayHB-7611-02 (1001 407 347), HB-7612-02 (1001 407 776), HB7612-03, HB-7613-02 (1001 407 776), HB-7614-02 (1001 407 811), HB-7615-02 (1001 411 352), HB-7616-02 (1001 407 817), HB-7617-02 (1001 407 818), HB-7618-02 (1001 407 820), HB-7619-02, HB-7620-02
Home Depot216590 (1001 406 912)
NicorPRCP1 (PrimeChime+)
Trine64-2 Westminster, 75-2 Musical Door Chime, No.75 Selectronic Musical Chime
UtilitechUT-7574, UT-7575-02 (#0568974), UT-7577-02, UT-7578-02 (#0568978), UT-7579-02, UT-7580-02

For a full list of compatible chimes and incompatible chimes, check out this article.  

How Do I Install the Ring Doorbell 3 with an Existing Chime?

If you have found that your chime is compatible with the Ring Doorbell 3, you are probably ready to install them together and start using them.

Installation is pretty simple. You will need an 8-24 voltage transformer before getting started. Follow these steps:

  1. Charge the Ring Doorbell’s battery. Make sure only one of the two LED batteries is lit; this means it is fully charged.
  2. Turn off the power to the doorbell on your circuit breaker.
  3. Remove the existing doorbell and plug the wires into an 8-24 transformer.
  4. Use the leveling tool and mounting holes to make your Ring Doorbell 3 is mounted straight.
  5. Drill holes where you want the screws to go.
  6. Use the wire extensions to connect the wires to the back of the wall.
  7. Connect the wires coming out of the wall to the other ends of the transformer used with the chime.
  8. A solid light white should be on the front of the unit if you connected all the wires correctly.
  9. Put all the wires through the holes on the Ring Doorbell 3.
  10. Install the faceplate onto the doorbell by clicking the top and bottom into place.
  11. Use the security screw to secure the faceplate.

If you need additional help, watch this video on Ring’s YouTube account.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you can’t connect the chime and doorbell, follow these tips:

  • Make sure you are using a good quality transformer.
  • Make sure all the wires are connected.
  • Consider rewiring and rechecking the wires.
  • Make sure you turn the circuit back on when you’re done.

Final Thoughts

The Ring Doorbell 3 can be used with any AC-powered door chimes operating between 8-24 transformers. All you need is the Ring Doorbell kit and an AC transformer.