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Doorbell Transformer Code?

Trevor Roper

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My parents have recently moved into a newly constructed house with a finished basement. Therefore the breaker is installed in a bedroom in the basement, and the doorbell transformer is sticking out of the wall about 2-3 inches from the breaker.

I understand why it is installed there, so my question is if there is a cover box that you can put over to hide the transformer, or if that’s even allowed/to code. I tried doing a little research and saw that it should be exposed. If so, (just for my knowledge), why is that / what hazards does that create?

live in Massachusetts if that’s important
 

classicT

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The transformer, although small, can generate some heat. The best thing to do is look at the unit to identify make and model, then contact the manufacturer.

Putting a cover over the transformer may cause excessive heat to build up, causing the unit to fail (possible fire). A lot of units in production today have a thermal cut off that will shut the unit down when heat builds up, but if it doesn't have one, or doesn't function properly, the results could be catastrophic.
 

cda

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Agree with above

Most are in a closet ceiling

I could see a metal cover with vents, if needed drill the holes yourself
 

Pcinspector1

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We see them usually attached to the side of the breaker panel.

Wonder how may homies remodel the basement and cover over them?

The things that keep me up at night...
 
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