Most home security companies offer home alarms along with monitoring. Usually, customers only need to pay a one-time fee for the home alarm equipment. However, they need to pay a monthly fee for the monitoring service. In order to save money, some customers opt to stop paying the monthly fee for the monitoring service. If you’re thinking about doing the same thing, here is some information about whether a home alarm will work without monitoring.

Why Do Customers Stop Paying for Monitoring?

The way that many home security companies make money is by charging a low price for the installation of equipment and charging relatively high monthly monitoring fees. For example, ADT plans typically cost about $40 to $50 a month for monitoring. As a result, many customers end up signing a contract for home security monitoring only to find that the monthly fees are higher than they expected. As a result, some customers stop paying for monitoring at some point.

When customers call to cancel the service, in many cases, the home security company has no interest in removing the equipment. However, customers are also told that they cannot use the equipment without monitoring. Once the service is canceled, the home security equipment often displays an error message. In some cases, the keypad may beep every 30 seconds or every minute. In order to stop this beeping, customers often have to unplug the panel and remove the batteries.

Will Home Alarm Work Without Monitoring?

Depending on the company, a home alarm may continue to work without monitoring. Customers who cancel their monitoring service can try resetting their home security equipment. They may find that their home security system is still mostly functional. The alarm may go off when an intruder enters the home. However, the police will not be called if the alarm system goes off. If you can live without this feature, you may find it more advantageous to stop paying the monthly fee and continue to enjoy most of the functions of the home security system. This is particularly true if you believe you’ve paid for your home security system many times over and have dealt with multiple false alarms when it comes to calling the police for burglaries.


When it comes to false alarms, keep in mind that the police in many states charge homeowners a fee for false alarms. The first time the alarm goes off, many homeowners are paranoid and want the police sent to their home. However, after a few false alarms, many homeowners prefer that the police aren’t automatically sent to their home. Therefore, if all you’ve experienced are false alarms with your home security system, it may not be worthwhile to continue paying a monthly fee.

As you can see, it is possible for a home alarm to continue working without monitoring. For more information about home alarm systems and monitored home security, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also reach out to us here at Protect America for a free quote.