Home alarms have one important job: to alert you to possible trouble. While you’re glad to have peace of mind, those shrill, beeping alarms can also become a nuisance. If you have alarms that seem to go off for no reason, here are four steps to track down what’s going on:
Note: If your fire alarm keeps going off please replace the batteries or the unit.
Locate Pets or Small Children
Your toddler or family dog may have wandered somewhere he shouldn’t have and tripped one of your alarm features. This can be annoying, but it also creates an excellent opportunity for you to update your home security. You can teach your kids about home safety or set up barriers to keep pets from crossing the sensors and wandering away.
Check For Dead Batteries
A dead battery in one of your components creates a gap in your home security system. Some systems will react to that by setting off an alarm, alerting you to potential problems. Other home security components may sound an alarm when the battery gets low. This is the case for some fire alarms, for example. Working fire alarms are one of the most important investments you can make for your family’s safety.
Smoke alarms, properly installed and maintained, play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there’s a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.
It’s vital to replace the batteries in your security system components regularly. Not sure where to find replacements? Some batteries can’t just be picked up at the local hardware store, so we’ve created a guide to buying home alarm batteries.
Have Your Sensors Checked
If your sensors were installed incorrectly or in a poor location, or if you’ve made major changes to landscaping and household decoration, then they may trigger ‘for no reason’ now. For instance, sensors installed near a furnace in the summer may act normally, but in the winter sophisticated and highly sensitive products may be triggered by the heat and moving air. A security expert can assess what is happening and why and make adjustments.
Search for Signs of Wear and Tear
Even a quality, properly installed security system can start to fail if components become weathered and worn out. This can happen for both indoor and outdoor security systems. Take a look around your house and keep an eye out for:
- cracked or rusted component housing
- charred or frayed wiring
- signs of leaking batteries
- a unit dangling from its mounting
- dust and leaf buildup
Troubleshoot With Your Home Security System Company
So what happens if your home alarm system isn’t fixed by simply popping in a new set of batteries? Some problems require a technician to solve, and the sooner you make the call, the better. You can contact customer support at ProtectAmerica with any questions or concerns, and one of our experienced agents will guide you through the next steps.