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What is Causing Smoke Alarm to Sound or Beeping?

Smoke alarms can be considered one of the best gadgets invented when it comes to the security system. They are as useful as the other gadgets in your security system like a security camera, alarms, etc. Smoke Alarm systems basically detect smoke or combustible materials and go into the siren mode, to stop this siren the air needs to be cleared first.

Sometimes smoke alarms detect minor smoke which isn’t dangerous but that’s fine as it gives you an idea that your alarm system is sensitive and is working fine.

Apart from this case sometimes the alarm system starts to make sound, beep or even chirp without any smoke that is basically fake alarm. So, let’s take a look at what should you do in case your smoke alarm in giving you false alarm sound.

First, let’s go through the reasons why your smoke alarm is giving you false beeps.

  • The battery may be loose or installed improperly: This could be an obvious reason because a loose battery would affect the connectivity of the whole system causing a false alarm.
  • Dirt in the smoke detection chamber: This problem arises due to improper cleaning of the detector. Over a course of time dust starts getting into the chamber which blocks the opening of the chamber making it insensitive and causing false alarms at the same time.
  • The system might be very old: After all, it’s a machine and like all other machines or electronic devices, it has its own life span. Due to the system being very old it’s obvious that it would start getting problems with its functioning. So, you got to know some of the main reasons for a false alarm now let’s take a look at what should be done in order to avoid these.
  • The battery should be checked and if found discharged it should be changed and if the battery is simply loose you should install it properly.
  • In case your alarm system has a sealed battery the system might have reached the end of its life and this is the time to replace it. You’ll get a beep every 30 seconds that means your system needs a battery replacement.
  • The system needs to be checked and cleaned to ensure that no dirt is blocking the smoke detection chamber. You can simply send it to the service provider of you can also try your hands on but that’s not recommended.

If all the above-mentioned things are taken care of you would most probably never get a false smoke alarm. And in case you are still getting the alarm you can simply contact Alarm Doctor for help.

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How a False alarm can Prove Dangerous?

In current world situation crime, theft and burglary have been the biggest threat to security. It is not possible for human being to keep watch on everything all times. There are security solutions available in the market which can work as eyes and ears of human to avoid any unwanted situation.

For example, CCTV cameras or various alarming system can be a few of them. Alarms are defined as devices which can be configured to make a sound on certain conditions. Alarms can be used to be cautioned in a different kind of situation while being at home or away like when you are in office.

These alarms can be triggered when someplace caught fire, someone is smoking in the non-smoking zone, and your car is opened by someone else without you noticing it. These are a few of the examples where an alarming system can be extremely useful to be safe and to protect your belongings.

But we need to think about other aspects of it. An untimely or unintentional alarm can put you in a dangerous or unwanted situation. Technology has made our life easy and safe but ultimately they are machines and not 100% fault proof. Moreover, in most of situations, it has been found that false alarms are because of lacking maintenance.

As stated earlier the lack of care and maintenance is the main cause of false alarm, there may be few more reasons to it like alarms are in reach of mischievous elements who can misuse it, bad or wrong code/conditions are configured, mock drills where the false alarms can be used to teach people to cope with unwanted situations.

Though it has many advantages, for sure false alarm comes with a few disadvantages also. They may be pointed as below:

  • Beeping false alarm multiple time and without reason will create an ambiguity in the minds of surrounding people and they will take it as normal. This will create a problem when a serious alarming situation arises and people don’t come out to help thinking it as a false alarm.
  • Untimely alarms without any reason can irritate people around. Moreover, old aged people, infants or diseased people face more problems with alarms.
  • The false alarm if reaches security agencies multiple time, it may backfire as police will also not take it seriously in case of a real needy situation. Moreover, this can also cost or damage you only if the agency puts a case against you for setting up a false alarm.

These problems of a false alarm can be fixed to avoid problematic situations in the below ways:

  1. Maintenance prevents false alarms: False alarms can be prevented by maintaining and servicing the system timely.
  2. Try alarm adjustments: With right configuration and adjustment, false alarms can be prevented.
  3. Know your system well: Knowing about your need and requirements will help to set up security alarms for the right situations and the right time.
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My alarm keeps going off for no reason. Can someone help?

Where there is a problem, there also is a solution. We have been into this profession from more than 30 years and alarm malfunction is one of the most common issues that users face. We have trained more than 50 alarm technicians till now out of which many are working in reputed firms and security companies. Sometimes problems are very small but security companies charge a lot due to unawareness of the user. We keep our customer first so we are willing to provide some very useful hacks to keep your security alarms fit to operate for longer duration. This might not fully eliminate the glitches but will let the user know the First-Aids of a security alarm system.

BEFORE WE BEGIN:Basic accessories we would need –  A clean dry cloth or a feather duster, a small screwdriver but a butter knife will do, some fly spray, your alarm’s user manual (get it here if you haven’t got one) a small step ladder.

ALL SET?

Let’s Begin …

 

Check Alarm Sensors & Memories

Alarm sensors and memories can be the root cause of your problem. Sometimes they need routine inspections and also some consistent fixations. To get rid of the bugs, go to the code pad and look for the faulty areas in the system. If the alarm system is not used since the last time it went off, the codepad will detect the flashing zone light corresponding to the faulty sensor. If this was not enough to solve the issue, check the alarm memory. Before proceeding you have to check the type of alarm system you have, so we’ll need to get the user manual. (Download manuals here). You can check the manual’s index for the following terms…

  • Event Memory Recall
  • Viewing Alarm Memory
  • How to Display Events from Memory.

If the problem persists even after taking this measure, your Alarm system needs some more attention. Move on to the next step with a Ladder.

Get closer to the Faulty Sensor

Bring a Dusting cloth and a ladder if your alarm is hard to approach. Gently dust around the dirt and spider webs if any. Now check for any kind of damage on the Sensor, especially on the lens. You can either isolate or Bypass this sensor each time it is replaced. Go through your user manual to see how to Bypass Zones for your particular system. If there was any kind of damage found in the system, it needs to be replaced as soon as possible to make your alarm system function properly. If you want to have a go at replacing it by yourself, contact me through an email (mentioned below) with a photo of the sensor and I’ll give you some guidance.

De ‘bug’ False Alarms …

Sometimes bugs and Insects can trigger false alarms which annoy you frequently. To fix that, look at the gap behind the PIR Sensor, if it is mounted at the corner of your house. Pick up your duster’s handle or a knitting needle and poke behind the sensor. This will annoy insects and they will come out of their unauthorized accommodation.

Check the Insides

Post securing the Sensor area from outside; it’s time to check the insides of the system. You will need a sharp-edged tool (a knife will work). Look for a latch on the motion detector’s lid.  Remove the lid by pressing the latch and do the following steps:-

  • have a look inside the sensor for the insects and dirt.
  • Remove and wipe out everything which doesn’t belong there.
  • Use a clean cloth and take care of the circuit boards inside the sensor.
  • Don’t touch anything with your fingers while taking care of the internals.
  • Fix the mounting screws with a screwdriver if required.
  • Put back the lid when you are done.

Ensure to Insure

Last but the least, coat the surroundings of the sensor with a surface spray to repel the insects out of the sensor area. Do take care of the sensor while spraying the repellant as its liquid form can damage the circuits of the sensors if got in contact with the small droplets.  Keeping the squirt about 6 feet apart will do the trick. Don’t forget to cover the behind area of the Sensor.

After this much efforts and measures, your Alarm System must work properly. You can save around 150$ of the maintenance charges charged by the technicians. You can do it on a regular basis as well. It’s recommended to do repeat this procedure every 12 months to keep your PIR sensors working properly.  If the problem persists, contact us, we are always there to help you.