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4 Most Common Problems With Home Security Alarms

Jan 9, 2008
So you have an alarm system installed into your house and you are concerned about what may potentially go wrong with the alarm system. There are a number of common problems with home alarms that people experience and these are outlined within this article. Firstly and probably most common of all is on the control panel there are lights flashing that are not normally or are un recognised by the user. Common problems with home alarms can vary depending on what alarm system you are using and often the best advice will be refer to the operating guide that comes with the unit. More often than not though a flashing green light on the keypad or operating console could indicate that the unit has either lost its external power source or the battery power is low on the unit. If there is a flashing red light on the unit then this can indicate that the system has been in alarm and the unit could need to be reset. As indicated above always refer to the operating instruction guide before pressing any buttons that you are unfamiliar with on the unit.

Another common problem with home alarms is that the system will not arm, what does this mean? It refers to the fact that the system will not go into alarm mode and be active. There are a number of issues that could cause this type of problem, firstly just go around the house and make sure that all of the windows and doors that are associated with the alarm system and shut, once this has been done try to arm the system again. If this has not rectified the problem then make sure you are entering in the correct code sequence, if your code sequence is incorrect then your alarm will not go into protective mode.

Also very common problems with home security alarms that arise are the alarm system will not deactivate when you arrive home. The first thing to do is be sure not to panic, think carefully and then try entering you code again, it can be an easy mistake to make when entering a code in a hurry to accidentally type the wrong number sequence. Remember that the majority of alarms systems will have a time delay on them if an incorrect code has been entered wait for the defined period of time and then try again.

Other common problems with home alarms can be caused by other members of the household, your pets or other equipment in the house interfering with the alarm. If there are a number of people who have access to your alarm then it is advised to consult with them first as to whether they have touched the alarm control panel before raising any form of fault. Make sure that every member of the house who leaves the house activates the alarm system, a common problem is that a member of the home will leave the house not activate the alarm and the opportunist break in could occur.
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Steve Strong's is an employee with Sun Security which is an innovative and growth oriented company who uses a fresh and new approach to meet the security needs of millions of consumers throughout North America. Home Security Systems
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