Removing an existing wired home security system may seem like a daunting task. However, this is not the case. In most cases, you do not need to remove the entire system. This is especially true if you are upgrading your system or replacing it. Here are a series of tips that will guide you through the process of removing an older security system.
How to Remove Wired Security System
1.) Contact the Alarm Company
You will want to contact your alarm company if your system is connected to a monitoring service. Most monitoring services will automatically dispatch the police if a wire is cut or if the system loses power. In short. contact your alarm company before you do anything else if you don’t want the police showing up on your doorstep.
2.) Disconnect the Sirens
Most security systems feature a siren on a separate circuit. This is designed to sound in the event a would-be intruder cuts the power to the main system. In most cases, this siren will also sound if the system detects an interruption in the power supply. You will want to make certain to disconnect the power from the security system as well as the siren circuit.
3.) Pull Off Control Panels
The control panel is the heart & soul of any security system. Once all of the other components have been removed, simply pull the panel down. Once removed, you will find a bundle of wires. You will either reconnect these wires to your new control panel or cap them off if you don’t plan on installing a new system.
4.) Remove Old Battery Packs
If you are upgrading your current system, you may not have to remove your old battery pack. If your current battery pack is in good enough condition, it may be salvaged as part of the upgrade. However, if it’s an older pack it will likely need to be replaced. If this is the case, all you need to do is remove it. Most battery packs are located behind the control cabinet for the system. Make sure to remove both the black and red wires that feed into the pack if you are removing the entire battery unit. Cap the wires off if you plan on having the new cabinet installed in another location or if you don’t plan on using the existing wiring.
5.) Remove Other Components
Once you’ve disconnected the power, you can then begin to uninstall other elements associated with your current security system. Additional elements can range from motion sensors to glass break sensors to cameras. Some of these components will be installed with screws and others, such as window/doorway detectors, will be installed with a basic adhesive. If you have a hard time removing residual adhesive ‘goop’, try some rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. This should do the trick and break apart any remaining adhesive ‘goop’.
6.) What to do with the Wiring
Unless your wiring is extremely old or badly damaged, you will most likely not need to remove any of it. If you’re upgrading to a newer system, leave the wiring in place and allow the new alarm company to determine if they can use the current wiring or not. In most cases, your new alarm company will use the current wiring. If not, it is best to let an electrician handle this part of the removal process.