"My Glass Break Sensor Keeps Going Off": Steps to Fix


September 15, 2020

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Feeling safe and secure in a home is an important part of owning it. For homeowners looking to buy home security, there are a number of different options they can consider. The  best security system gives them great choices when it comes to security products. Among those choices are glass break sensors, which can be used to alert a homeowner of a break in.

These sensors react to the sound the glass makes when it breaks and can be used on both doors and windows — but sometimes they go off without a valid reason. A false alarm can be both annoying and frightening, and it’s something a homeowner wants to avoid. Adjusting the sensor may help reduce the chances of false alarms, and ensure the sensor works properly if it is ever actually needed.

False Alarms Can Cause Stress and Frayed Nerves

One of the biggest issues with false alarms are the stress they can cause. They’re probably going to happen occasionally with any alarm system, but if they start happening a lot, it’s time to make some changes.

If homeowners don’t take a glass break sensor going off seriously, because they think it’s another false alarm, they could actually miss out on an important event like someone attempting to break into their home.

Whether or not someone is home when the glass break sensor goes off, notifying the alarm company, the homeowner, and the proper authorities are all a vital part of making sure everyone knows whether there is a serious risk to the property in question. But with false alarms, there can be a lot of stressful moments and worries over whether the home is truly being broken into.

Reducing the Sensitivity of a Glass Break Sensor

With the right security system, glass break sensors shouldn’t go off too often. If a homeowner finds that their glass break sensor keeps going off, and they feel like there are too many false alarms, there are some things they can do. First, they should consider:

  • the age of the glass break sensor

  • whether the sensor was installed correctly

  • if there are batteries or other easily replaceable parts

  • if the system needs to be reset in any way

When all of those issues have been addressed, it may be possible to adjust the sensor itself by flipping a switch inside the battery compartment from high to low. This will  reduce the sensitivity of the sensor, provided that it’s working correctly and linked up with the keypad the right way. But in some cases, that renders the sensor ineffective, and it won’t go off when it’s supposed to. It should be tested if the sensitivity is turned down; to make sure it is functioning properly.

Ask the Security Company About Sensor Replacement

If lowering the sensitivity of the glass break sensor doesn’t work well, it may be time to replace the sensor. These can wear out over time, and they may not be of the quality that the homeowner is looking for.

Interested in monitored smart home security? Contact Brinks Home™.

Krista Bruton is a DFW-based writer who covers smart home security and consumer protection.

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