Burglar alarms are intended to protect your property from invaders. On the other hand, people believe that installing one in their homes will provide them with lifelong protection against robbers. Purchasing and installing an alarm system is only half the job; the alarm service is critical to the system’s continuous functioning. We’ve seen customers lose track of time and overlook their alarm system’s routine health check-up.
This inevitably leads to machine failure, especially when it is most needed. It is pointless to build up a security infrastructure if it is not adequately managed. Home alarm systems, like boilers and automobiles, require professional maintenance. The alarm service ensures that the system is operational and performing well at all times.
Why do Burglar Alarms need servicing?
Burglar alarm, just like any other system, needs regular maintenance. The alarm system is an electronic system with several internal components that involves complexity. Therefore, it is best if you take professional help to ensure that your system is working fine.
It is important to service it at least once a year to prevent system failure. It boosts the system performance and makes it more reliable and robust.
Regular service and maintenance help the alarm system function without causing any trouble and save you from any unexpected system failure. Failure to operate may be due to short-circuit, battery failure, sensor failure, or other component failures. This is where you’ll need a professional to handle, as they have expertise in this area.
How often should you service your Burglar Alarm?
Servicing your alarm system once a year is what we recommend if it is an audible alarm only, and twice a year if it is a monitored alarm system.
Usually, the battery that comes in the alarm system has a lifespan of about 12-18 months. However, there could be other issues, such as battery corrosion, circuit failure, or fuse, that may arise. It is, therefore, best to have annual maintenance as it will save you from future system failures that could cause you problems.
If you’ve installed your system through a professional service, you’ll get a service reminder regularly. However, if it is a DIY system, you need to get in touch with a professional alarm service company for the alarm service.
Most alarm manufacturers recommend annual service. But if it is a police response alarm, then you should get it serviced twice in a year. You can also call your service provider between your usual periodic check-ups in case your system is troubling you.
Here are a few key points for your reference to know when you need to get your alarm serviced.
- PIR sensors and Door Sensor LED flashes for a longer period
- False Alarm Activation and difficulty in disarming when activated
- Low battery warning and faulty display in Control Panel (This option is only available in some models)
- Any other problems with the operation of the alarm system
- If the alarm is visibly damaged or any parts have fallen
What does a service appointment include?
It is particularly important that the company that inspects your alarm system should be accredited either by SSAIB or NSI. SSAIB and NSI are national industry standards that govern the security industry. This will tell you that the company adheres to the industry standards.
Firstly, the company will review the alarm system to test if it meets the appropriate safety standards. Each of the individual components will be tested to find any faulty points and fixed at the location.
They will also discuss with you any replacement or repair possibilities about the device. So, they’ll recommend you upgrade, if needed, to save yourself from any possible system failure. This will improve the overall efficiency of your system. The cost of each activity will be discussed with you before proceeding.
Once all this is done, a full report of the maintenance activity will be shared with you.
How FHA Security can help you?
At FHA security, we thrive on ensuring a fully secure home for all of our customers. We are a dedicated team of professional experts who work relentlessly to meet the needs of our customers in terms of home security.
We provide prompt alarm services to all our customers and ensure that the systems are operational at all times. If you have an alarm that needs servicing or maintenance, we can offer you solutions, even if we have not installed the alarm. We can repair or replace parts of the system to get it up and to run.
Our Intruder Alarm Service Checklist
- Check the history of the alarm system since the last maintenance service.
- Visual inspection of all major alarm components including cabling & connections where accessible for signs of deterioration or damage
- Check and walk test all detectors
- Check the satisfactory operation of manually operated devices, e.g. panic buttons.
- Test remote signalling equipment (where appropriate)
- Make adjustments as necessary.
- Repair minor faults where necessary (additional costs may apply)
- Retrain the users when using the alarm system (if necessary)
- Return the alarm system to operating status
We are an award winning security installer offering alarm servicing, repair and maintenance. To book an appointment for your alarm service, please ring us on 020-3137 8727 or 0800 193 8727. For more details, visit our website FHA Security to explore our range of products and services.