How to Fix an Overly Sensitive Sensor

Steps to take to improve the functionality of your glass break sensors.


December 22, 2020

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Glass break sensors on windows and doors are an important part of any home security system. It adds an extra layer of security, setting off an alarm if a window is broken. However, no technology will be perfect, and occasionally these sensors will be extra-sensitive, alerting to a break when another sound triggers the alarm. Here are a few ways to fix an overactive sensor.

Adjusting the sensitivity of a glass break sensor

In order to adjust a glass break sensor’s sensitivity, it’s important to focus on two things: what might be causing it and the quality of the sensor itself. Most sensors can be easily adjusted with a switch, dial, or button, or through the keypad for the overall system. The more high-tech the system, the easier it may be to refine the glass break sensors to get them just right and keep them from being too sensitive. It’s not always easy to get lower-end sensors to work as well, but there are still options for them.

Following the manufacturer’s instructions is always best practice because not every sensor works the same way. If you find you are not able to adjust the sensors manually, it may be a good idea to call your home security company to help you get your sensors where you want them.

Can these sensors actually become faulty over time?

Like most technology, shatter sensors can eventually stop working for a variety of reasons. When that happens, these sensors may be able to be adjusted or reset. If that doesn’t work, and they are still too sensitive, they will generally need to be replaced. When deciding whether to replace a glass break sensor, a homeowner should consider:

  • the age of the sensor

  • whether the sensor has ever been reset

  • whether the entire system needs reset

  • the cost and value of the sensor

  • whether the company charges for replacement

If resetting the sensor is unsuccessful, it may be time to upgrade your sensor. Brinks Home™ is an award-winning home security company in customer surface, so if your sensors have some sensitivity problems, give us a call. We can outfit you with a security system that works with your life seamlessly.

Linley Stringer is a copywriter with Brinks Home. She is passionate about telling stories that keep consumers informed and protected.

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