My Glass Break Sensor Has a Red Light

Knowing your alert lights.


December 16, 2020

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One of the most important parts of a security system is the glass break sensor. It can alert a homeowner to a broken window or patio door and can help stop a potential crime in progress. But these types of sensors can malfunction just like other electronic devices. When something goes wrong with a glass break sensor, the goal is to get it working again quickly so it can keep protecting the home. Before a homeowner can get it working properly, they need to know what’s wrong with it — and that starts with the red light on the sensor and what it means.

Most glass break sensors will show a green light when there isn’t a problem with the sensor or the system. The light turns red when there’s an issue detected, and then it’s time to troubleshoot the sensor and find what could be causing the problem. In most cases, it’s an easy fix, and homeowners should try all of the simple things to correct it before they contact the company or try to replace the sensor completely. Some things to try include:

  • replacing batteries

  • resetting the sensor

  • resyncing with the security system

  • turning the sensor off and back on again

  • moving the sensor to a different location

  • cleaning the sensor

If none of those steps solve the issue, it may be time to replace the sensor itself. The problem with the sensor could be a fault with the actual system not reading the sensor correctly, and that could be something the alarm company would have to fix.

How important is a glass break sensor?

Glass break sensors are crucial parts of a home security and automation system. These sensors are equal with door and window sensors in their level of importance.

But without these sensors, someone could break a window and a homeowner might not know that. It could even happen when they’re home if it’s a big house, since the sound might not be heard if the window is broken relatively carefully or gently.

These kinds of things won’t get past a glass break sensor, and that’s why these kinds of sensors are so critical for homeowners.

The red light means attention is needed

With security systems that offer a number of good options, a red light on a glass break sensor means it’s time to troubleshoot. Once you have tried the basic steps to address the issue, you’ll need to contact the company if you can’t get the problem solved. A professional may have to come to your home and see what they can do to fix the sensor or the system, or they may have to replace some components in order to get things back to working properly again. It’s not always easy to fix a glass break sensor problem, but the right company can handle it efficiently.

Choosing a company that will work with you

The best security company to choose is one that works with you when you have problems with their security systems. It’s important for a you as a homeowner to choose a dependable one.

Interested in professionally monitored home security? Get a free quote from Brinks Home™. Lauren Slade is a Dallas-based writer and editor.

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