If you never have to use your alarm system — and we hope you don’t — how do you know it works? With all the downtime that home alarm systems (hopefully) enjoy, it’s important to perform regular maintenance and repairs to ensure that your system will work in case of an emergency.
It’s suggested that you get a home security alarm service at least once a year. A trained technician will be able to perform a thorough inspection of your system and repair any potential issues. Here are some key areas that professionals will inspect during a home alarm system service.
Home alarm systems are all about communication. Every sensor and integrated system needs to be able to communicate with the central control panel for the system to function properly. Depending on your home, that could be a lot of equipment to check.
During a home security alarm service, the technician will individually check each sensor, camera, motion detector, and any other piece of equipment that has been integrated into your system and make sure that it’s communicating with the control panel.
Check External Communications
Internal communication is important, but being able to contact outside services might be even more important. In the event of an emergency, you want to be sure that your home alarm system is capable of alerting your alarm monitoring service so they can send help quickly and efficiently. Otherwise, it’s up to you, or anyone within earshot, to respond.
Most home alarm systems communicate with outside services using your home’s phone lines, while some modern systems use wireless cellular signals. Whether you use a wired or wireless alarm system, a professional will be able to test communications between your system and your outside monitoring service by checking your home’s phone lines and/or testing signal transmission between your wireless control panel and outside service.
Check and Replace Batteries
If your system doesn’t have power, it won’t work! Wireless home alarm systems operate entirely on battery power, and it can be difficult to check all the sensors in your home. During a professional service, the technician will ensure that every part of your security system is powered and that all batteries have sufficient charge, replacing any that are low.
Even if you have a system that’s hardwired into your home’s power supply, many wired alarm systems still operate using a battery backup. If your home ever loses power, you can feel safe knowing that your alarm system will still function. During a home security alarm service, the technician will check and test your battery backup to make sure that it’s working properly and will have your back in the case of an emergency.
Repair Potential Issues
Even if you follow suggested guidelines and personally test your alarm system monthly, it’s still important to get your system serviced. A professional will be able to catch potential issues that you might not even think to look for and fix them before they turn into major problems. These include things like wiring problems — such as disconnections and fraying — wireless transmission issues, and sensor errors. Even small issues can cause false alarms or, worse, a lack of protection for your family and home.
Plus, it’ll end up saving you money in the long run. What’s the cheapest way to repair major problems? Catch them before they happen.
The ultimate goal of your home alarm system is to protect your family and possessions from harm. Like most things, homes change over time. So does alarm system technology. What was perfect for your home when you installed your alarm system, might not be giving you the maximum protection by today’s standards.
You might not keep up to date on the latest security solutions, but professionals do. During a home security alarm service, a professional will be able to get a feel for your current alarm system and see what’s working, what’s not working, and what could be implemented to make the system better. They’ll be able to recommend upgrades or suggest reconfigurations to offer stronger, more customised protection for your home.
Home Alarm Service from Four Walls Security
You never know when you’re going to need your alarm system, so it’s important to perform regular maintenance to keep it functioning properly. It’s suggested that you test your system monthly and get a professional service at least once per year. That way, you can rest assured knowing that your system is offering the maximum protection for you, your family, and your home.
If you’re due for a home security alarm service or need any repairs, Four Walls Security can help. We have more than 20 years of experience working with Brisbane area families and can service any make or model of security system. Even if you didn’t buy your alarm system through us, we’re happy to help. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote for your next alarm system service or repair today.