I am interested in replacing my doorbell chime with a new one. The existing button and transformer work, but I want to make sure that the chime I get is compatible with the output of the transformer. I'm not sure where the transformer is actually located in the house. I've taken a voltmeter, set it to 20v AC maximum and set to to 'peak hold' and had a friend push and hold the doorbell. I measured approximately 10-14 volts that way at the chime.
Most of the doorbell chimes I've seen are rated 16V/10VAC which I understand is 10volts AC. But, what is the 16volt value? Peak voltage of the sinusoid?
Was my technique for measuring the voltage output of the transformer reasonable? Since I've set it for AC voltage reading, the value I'm hoping for is 10V (or close to it) vice 16 volts if I want to purchase one of these 16V/10VAC chimes, correct?