There are few things more annoying than a beeping alarm. For a smoke alarm, if there’s no smoke, more than likely, the battery is dying. However, when a home alarm is beeping, it’s not so clear-cut. Home alarms don’t beep unless something is wrong. Here are some tips to help you discover what’s going on.
Look at the house alarm control panel, as well as all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure there is no real threat.
Never assume it’s a false alarm. The time it takes to walk around the house may save you and your family’s lives.
There is always a chance that it’s a weak or low battery. In today’s connected smart homes, sensors, detectors, and the panel itself, all function on batteries. Alarm beeping is a built-in warning that signals the power is fading, and that a new battery will be required soon. There are two options.
Go ahead and put in fresh batteries all around. The beeping should stop when you’ve hit on the culprit.
Use a battery tester to test all the battery-operated components of the system.
In some rare cases, it’s the control panel’s backup battery. Your home alarm system will make beeping sounds when the backup battery has been drained. This is usually the case whenever the panel is not receiving any power and cannot turn on. The beeping sound the low battery alarm makes can become very annoying but can be disconnected by removing the drained battery from your home alarm system panel. Make sure to replace the drained battery with a new one to keep your home alarm system functioning properly.
If the batteries have all been changed or tested, and the beeping is still going on, it could be a problem with the wiring. Check for corrosion. If none is found, using a simple voltmeter can determine faulty wiring.
Note: Only those experienced with electric wiring should do this. Others should call a licensed electrician.
If the above steps yield no relief, disarming the system may do the trick. The process for doing this differs for each system, but one of the following is usually recommended:
Enter the passcode and disarm.
Arm the system, and then disarm it, immediately.
Press the status button on the keypad.
If it is known which sensor is causing the beeping, bypassing that zone on the panel may permit the rest of the system to operate normally. In most cases, this calls for entering a two-digit code, but bypassing differs from system to system so it’s best to check the alarm system’s manual for directions. At any rate, it’s time to contact the service provider at this point since a technician will take over to route out the cause and correct it.
Problems like this point out the need for working with a professionally monitored security company like Brinks Home™. If you’re interested in home monitored security, call today to get started.
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