When it comes to having the best security system, one of the most important components is the glass break sensor. These are designed to let the homeowner know if someone breaks a window — or one of the doors that have glass in them, such as a patio door. This can be especially helpful for a big house, because a homeowner who’s upstairs on one side of the house may not hear someone break a window on the ground floor on the other side of the house. A glass break sensor can help to provide protection, but it can also help to offer peace of mind and a quick response time to alarms and other issues. Unfortunately, some of these sensors can become too sensitive, and that means a lot of annoying and frightening false alarms that a homeowner would prefer to avoid.

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Adjusting the Sensitivity of a Glass Break Sensor

In order to adjust a glass break sensor’s sensitivity, it’s important to focus on two things: what might be causing it and the quality of the sensor itself. Most sensors can be adjusted with a switch, dial, or button, or through the keypad for the overall system.

The more high-tech the system, the easier it may be to “dial in” the glass break sensors to get them just right and keep them from being too sensitive. It’s not always easy to get lower-end sensors to work as well, but there are still options for them.

Following the manufacturer’s instructions is always the best piece of advice, because not every sensor works the same way. The cost of the sensors and the system as a whole can all matter, as can the way the system works (wireless or hard-wired) and other factors. Even what else a homeowner has in their house can sometimes affect how the glass break sensors respond. That’s important to make note of, in order to help ensure that a homeowner is doing everything they can to get their glass break sensor adjusted correctly.


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Can These Sensors Actually Become Faulty Over Time?

With the right security system, glass break sensors work well and can generally be trusted to do what they’re designed for. But that doesn’t mean they can’t break or “go bad.” Just like any electronic component, a glass break sensor can give up and stop working correctly. When that happens, these sensors may be able to be adjusted or reset. If that doesn’t work, and they are still too sensitive, they will generally need to be replaced. When deciding whether to replace a glass break sensor, a homeowner should consider:

  • the age of the sensor
  • whether the sensor has ever been reset
  • whether the entire system needs reset
  • the cost and value of the sensor
  • whether the company charges for replacement

If it’s not costly to replace the sensor and options to correct the problem have been tried, then it may make the most sense to simply replace the sensor. That should stop the sensitivity issue.

A Good Security Company Will Work With Homeowner Concerns

When a homeowner has a problem with their security company, they can lose some of the feeling of peace of mind. They may also be at risk for break-ins and other types of problems. Fortunately, good security companies understand that homeowners may have problems such as glass break sensors that are too sensitive. These companies will work to correct the issues, in order to keep their customers happy and continue to protect their homes.

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