How to Tell When Your Home Security System Isn’t Working Properly
Security systems help homeowners feel comfortable and safe. But, when a home security system stops working, you could be at risk. Even worse, homeowners may not realize their system isn’t working, and threats can go undetected.
Faulty home security systems put you, your family and your property at risk. To help you identify when your home security system may be malfunctioning, we’ve listed some telltale signs to watch for.
1. System Failure
The most obvious sign your home security system isn’t working properly is system failure. If you’re certain you’ve taken all the necessary steps to activate your system and threats have gone undetected, then it may be a result of a faulty system or equipment.
Be proactive with your home security system and perform regular tests. Testing your system can vary depending on the model and manufacturer of your control panel. For example, several Vector Security systems require users to follow a process similar to this:
- At the Home screen, tap Security.
- At the Security screen, tap Menu.
- At the Menu screen, tap Toolbox.
- To access the system test, enter the master user code.
- At the Toolbox screen, tap System Test.
You can also test your system by calling the Monitoring Center and asking them if they received signal during the test. If they did not, then it was a failed test and you should connect with your vendor to immediately schedule a maintenance appointment.
Vector Security customers can also use the Customer Portal to place their system on test and view alarm history.
2. False Alarms
If you keep experiencing false alarms, then your home security system might not be working properly. This can be a result of several factors, including:
- Damaged wiring or circuits.
- Low batteries or poor power supply.
- Lack of user training or human error.
False alarms waste valuable emergency resources. Avoid false alarms and keep your system functioning properly by performing regular maintenance. This includes updating system software and passcodes. If you’ve experienced multiple false alarms, contact your security vendor and have them inspect your system to ensure functionality.
3. Constant Beeping
Are you hearing constant beeps throughout your home? If so, your security system may be experiencing an issue.
When home security systems beep, it means your system needs maintenance. Try the following:
- Replacing old batteries with new ones.
- Resetting your system before pressing the status button your keypad.
- Using a voltmeter to check wiring for corrosion.
If the above attempts don’t yield results, contact your security company. The best vendors will troubleshoot with you on the phone or send a technician to assess the problem.
What do you do to ensure your home security system is working properly? Share in the comments below.