Motion Detector Battery Replacement

Three things to keep in mind.


December 10, 2020

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Replacing a battery in a motion detector isn’t complicated, but it’s something that homeowners need to know how to do. Security systems are a mandatory tool to have in your home protection arsenal, but only if they are working properly. A motion detector is a big part of a security system because it lets a homeowner know if there’s someone or something moving around that shouldn’t be there. In that case, lights or alarms can be triggered — but not if the detector’s battery is dead or failing. If this happens, you may not know that anyone’s around, and that could lead to a break in, a theft, or other problems. If you aren’t sure about replacing your motion detector’s batteries, there are ways you can easily figure out just what you need to do in order to be successful. It’s generally not that difficult to replace the batteries in these things, and fortunately it doesn’t have to be done that often. If you have a lot of motion detectors, the biggest issue may be remembering to check them all so the batteries can be replaced when they need to be.

Replacing the battery isn’t complicated

Unlike some aspects of a home automation and security systems, replacing the batteries in a motion detector isn’t a complicated process. It’s very similar to replacing smoke alarm batteries, or even the ones in a remote control. There’s generally a door that slides or compartment that comes open. Sometimes there’s a small screw that holds the door on, and other models and types don’t have that. Either way, though, there’s an easy and quick way to get the batteries changed and move on.

Even though replacing the batteries isn’t difficult, it’s such a very important thing for you as a homeowner keep up with in order to keep the motion detector working correctly.

Make sure to pay attention to the lights

With a home security system, the lights on the devices can provide crucial information to the homeowner. Generally, these lights show whether everything is working the right way, or if there are problems that need to be addressed. In the event of having poor batteries in the motion detectors, something that lights can be used to notify homeowners. However, this will depend on the make and model of the detector, as some motion detectors have varying colors or patterns, such as flashing lights or a steady beam. Familiarizing yourself with your system is crucial to keep it functioning to the best of its abilities.

Take time to get it working properly

Take the time to make sure the batteries have been replaced correctly and the motion detector is working again. That can be done by:

  • calibrating the detector

  • making sure the lights are right

  • making sure it’s linked with the security panel

  • arming the system to ensure everything works right

Interested in monitored home security? Get a free quote from Brinks Home™ today.

Lauren Slade is a Dallas-based writer and editor.

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