There are few things more annoying than beeping, whether it’s an impatient driver honking his horn in traffic or a smoke alarm. In both cases, one need not be Sherlock Holmes to deduce what’s wrong. The driver? He’s a jerk. And as for the smoke alarm, if there’s no smoke, most likely the battery is dying. However when a home alarm is beeping, it’s not so clear cut. So a bit of deductive reasoning is called for. Home alarms don’t beep unless something is wrong So it’s up to you to discover what it is out what that is.
Rule Out Danger
Take a look at the house alarm control panel, as well as all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure there is no real threat.
Never assume it’s a false alarm. The time it takes to walk around the house may save your and your family’s lives.
Change the Batteries
It may very well be a case of a weak battery. The question is where. In today’s connected smart homes, sensors, detectors, and the panel itself, all function on batteries. Beeping is a built-in warning that power is fading so that new ones can be inserted before the old ones die and leave the home unprotected. There are two options.
- Just do it, Go ahead and put in fresh batteries all around. The beeping should stop when you’ve hit on the culprit
- Use a battery tester to test all the battery operated components of the system.
In some rare cases, it’s the control panel’s backup battery:
Your home alarm system will make beeping sounds when the backup battery has been drained. This is usually the case whenever the panel is not receiving any power and cannot turn on. The beeping sound that the low battery alarm makes can become very annoying, but it can be disconnected by removing the drained battery from your home alarm system panel. Make sure to replace the drained battery with new ones to keep your home alarm system functioning properly.
Check the Wiring
If the batteries have all been changed or tested and the beeping is still going on, it could be a problem with the wiring. Check for corrosion. If none is found, using a simple voltmeter can determine faulty wiring.
Note: Only those experienced with electric wiring should do this. Others should call in a licensed electrician.
Disarm the Alarm System
If the above steps yield no relief, disarming the system may do the job. The process for doing this differs from system but one of the following usually is recommended:
- Enter the passcode and disarm.
- Arm the system, then disarm it immediately.
- Press the status button on the keypad.
Bypass the Trouble Spot and Contact the Service Provider
If it is known which sensor is causing the beeping, bypassing that zone on the panel may permit the rest of the system to operate normally. In most cases, this calls for entering a two-digit code, but bypassing differs from system to system so it’s best to check the alarm system’s manual for directions or call the security service provider. At any rate, it’s time to contact the service provider anyway since at this point, a technician will take over to route out the cause and correct it, – hopefully remotely.
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