Chances are, you initially installed a home security system to protect your property from the many threats present today. However, there are a wide array of issues that can limit how effective your system is, and potentially put your family’s safety and well-being at risk.
Malfunctions are both annoying and frustrating, but depending on where you live, this may even result in you have to pay significant fines.
If you want to avoid some of the most common home security system issues, then the best thing you can do is get to know what these issues are.
Ignoring trouble beeps. If you hear a beep you believe is coming from your security system, check your keypad. Modern security systems will display a clear message on the keypad or app if something is wrong. Contact your service professional if it says service is needed. If there is no information on your keypad, then the beeping is likely not being produced by your security system equipment. Try checking your store-bought smoke detectors, your Internet modem, or other electronic devices that can make noises.
Not protecting your passwords and PIN codes. The internet-based security systems used in homes today require passwords to operate and access them. Use a unique password for your security system. Just like with your computer, if a hacker finds the same password you used on the Internet, he can not only infiltrate, but also disable your system and may even be able to steal your personal information – unless you change the password on a regular basis.
Not replacing batteries. In the event of a power failure, home security systems will continue to operate on their backup battery for several hours and then recharge the battery once the power has been restored. Most batteries will last between 3-5 years before they will lose their ability to hold a full charge. Once the low battery message displays on the keypad, it is important to replace the battery soon to prevent the system from powering down or causing a false alarm the next time there is a power failure.
Not updating your system. The security needs of your home are going to change over time. If you don’t reprogram your system from time to time, like after you have added on to your house or after a rather large renovation, it may result in the system not functioning properly. You should also have a professional take a look at the system from time to time to ensure it is still able to meet your needs.
If you want a home alarm system to continue protecting your home and your family, be sure to keep the issues here in mind and take the appropriate steps as needed.