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Anybody had trouble doorbell ringing and nobody there?

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25Avalon Tue 08-Dec-20 12:48:43

I am not talking kids ringing the bell and running away. Last night at 10:50 I was about to shut my kindle and go to sleep when the back doorbell rang. I got up, woke dh up in next room (in case it was the mad axe man) and went along to investigate - we live in a long bungalow. I put the back lights on but there was no one there. I didn’t open the door but checked it was locked. The back is very dark and I’m pretty sure no one was there rather than risking breaking a leg on the steps. We have no immediate neighbours set in quite large grounds. The bell push is battery operated and sends a message to the plug in electric bell which rings in the hall. Anybody any ideas what caused it?

HootyMcOwlface Tue 08-Dec-20 12:51:26

Ooo yes, years ago! Turned out to be a small spider was inside then bell push and we think he/she must have been completing the circuit somehow!

J52 Tue 08-Dec-20 13:15:10

We had a wireless doorbell and this was always happening, apparently something to do with interference.
We gave up and put a wired one in.

lemongrove Tue 08-Dec-20 13:16:53

Not a late delivery driver? They constantly ring the bell, leave the parcel and then drive off.

25Avalon Tue 08-Dec-20 13:31:30

I wondered that lemongrove but no parcel. They have a job finding me in daylight yet alone the dark!

janeainsworth Tue 08-Dec-20 13:38:57

Yes, a few months ago ours went off at 2.30 in the morning. We decided it must somehow have been the wind!

Rufus2 Tue 08-Dec-20 13:42:23

Place a couple of motion-sensor lights around the place, that usually puts off any pranksters or better still, a CCTV system

Jane10 Tue 08-Dec-20 13:42:36

Horrible and scary for you. Hope it doesn't happen again.

Chewbacca Tue 08-Dec-20 13:57:02

My OH has had the same problem for several months now; always very late at night/early hours of the morning. He has a bay window which, when he looks out of the side of that, he can see anyone standing at his front door, but every time it's happened, there's never any one there. He's convinced his house is haunted! grin

MrsThreadgoode Tue 08-Dec-20 14:04:03

Ours goes off occasionally, not sure why though. We have lights outside so assume it’s just a glitch between the bell push and the plug.

M0nica Tue 08-Dec-20 14:05:24

We had this problem. We were told the reason was that someone in the vicinity had a doorbell or other device set to the same channel as our door bell. The remedy was to set the doorbell to a different channel.

If you no longer have the instructions for the device, look them up online to find how to change the channel.

Callistemon Tue 08-Dec-20 14:08:04

Not me but a friend, it was only when someone stayed there she realised (she takes her hearing aids out at night!).
She had a new doorbell fitted.

Rufus2 Tue 08-Dec-20 14:13:59

If, as you say, it's the backdoor bell and you have no near neighbours why do you need it in the first place!?
Being a long bungalow any visitor would surely come to your front door. I'd uninstall it. QED!
Otherwise try the CCTV.

eazybee Tue 08-Dec-20 14:20:36

Spiders used to set off the alarms in one school where I worked.

Grandma11 Tue 08-Dec-20 15:27:50

Spiders, Bats, Moths, and even someone's local Baby Alarm, plus some Mobile phones can interfere with electronic devices nearby and set them off!

25Avalon Tue 08-Dec-20 15:31:18

Rufus I have 2 entrances to my property. The driveway curves round the front passed the bungalow and out of our top back gate. So depending which entrance couriers use I have parcels delivered to both front and back door. Most don’t know the difference anyway although back door has no name or letterbox.

I think you may have the answer MOnica. One would imagine it could happen again if that is the case. Anyway made us think about Security. A Security Officer told me not to light the back way. Maybe a security camera on the gate would be a good idea. Think I will set the burglar alarm tonight for entry points.

Sparklefizz Tue 08-Dec-20 18:21:17

Yes! I had a wireless doorbell and every time I answered the door, I noticed my neighbour would be walking away from his car.

Eventually, I realised that his remote car fob was triggering my wireless doorbell. I gave up and bought a brass door knocker!

HurdyGurdy Tue 08-Dec-20 18:28:42

Yes, had that - but not for a while, come to think of it. Assumed it was, as has been said above, someone else with a bell on the same channel.

But randomly, the tv in the bedroom will switch on at precisely 3am. Never a minute either side!

I've taken to pulling the plug out at night

PollyDolly Tue 08-Dec-20 18:42:22

We are the opposite; our doorbell is at eye level on the door frame for all to see BUT people still don't notice it! Problem is, we have an inner porch door which is always closed during the cold weather. Consequently, we miss loads of people who come to our door because we don't hear them knocking!

TrendyNannie6 Tue 08-Dec-20 19:24:32

No idea what could have caused it, other than spiders, but hoping it doesn’t happen again especially late at night! Yes security camera on gate good idea

M0nica Tue 08-Dec-20 20:51:55

POllyDolly, we have a similar problem. Our doorbell is beside the door knob but delivery drivers always just bang on the door.

SpringyChicken Tue 08-Dec-20 22:15:10

Ooh, this post brings back memories. lol

I bought a doorbell for my mother. Before taking it to her, I tested it out in my kitchen and tried all the (numerous) different chimes. Whilst doing this, from the kitchen window I spotted my next door neighbour opening her front door numerous times, looking around and then closing the door. I didn't give it much thought until reading the instructions, it advised to alter the frequency to avoid interference from other people's doorbells.

It sounds like one of your neighbours has a new doorbell.

Luckygirl Tue 08-Dec-20 22:22:38

Rainwater in the works. I regularly take the front off and dry it out.

25Avalon Wed 09-Dec-20 09:35:46

Didn’t happen last night thank goodness. Maybe just a random one off. Love your story SpringyChicken smile

bear1 Wed 09-Dec-20 10:06:43

sometimes when battery are low this happens change the batterys if it was damp or raining moisture could of got in and caused it, if it only happened once i wouldnt think any one was there