Five Steps: How to Stop a Beeping Security System
The shrilling sound of a continuously beeping security system is enough to drive anyone crazy. A power outage, faulty wiring or bad alarm batteries can all be the culprit behind this nuisance.
The following is a how-to guide for silencing your house alarm system. If beeping persists, contact your vendor’s local office for service and support.
Step One: Make Sure a Risk Isn’t Present
Check your security panel and other sounding devices (i.e. smoke and carbon monoxide detectors) to ensure that the beeping is not caused by a legitimate risk, such as an intrusion, fire or carbon monoxide leak.
Step Two: Change Alarm Batteries
Check your alarm's batteries. Most systems continuously beep to alert you that batteries need to be changed. This is true for both security panels and detectors. Go through your home, and test all batteries associated with your security system using a battery tester.
Step Three: Silence the Alarm
If faulty or dead batteries are not the cause, try to silence your alarm. Most standard systems will allow you to stop the beeping using one of the following methods:
- Disarm your system by entering your code.
- Arm your system and immediately disarm.
- Press the status button on your keypad.
While this should work in most cases, some security panels require a different approach. If your system does not respond to one of these methods, please locate your system model here for specific instructions.
Step Four: Check Wiring
If the above has not worked and beeping persists, check the wiring of your system to see if it is corroded. This can be done easily with a voltmeter. Voltmeters are relatively inexpensive and can be picked up at your local hardware store.
Do this yourself only if you have electrical experience. If you don't, hire an electrician.
Step Five: Contact Your Provider
If the above attempts don’t yield results, contact your security company. Best vendors will troubleshoot with you on the phone or send a technician to assess the problem.
When it comes down to it, your security system is beeping to tell you something—whether it is trying to alert you of danger, corroded wires or faulty batteries.
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