How to Reset a Home Alarm System
Security alarms are popular among homes in America, as 25% of homes have one installed. As crime is rampant in large cities across the United States, security alarms offer peace of mind to homeowners who want to protect their families and assets.
Many homeowners acquire an alarm system through a monitoring company. Once the company installs the system, the homeowner enters a commitment for a specific period of time. It could be six months, one year, or even longer. Once the commitment ends and the homeowner no longer wants to continue the service, the home alarm system can stay in the home. However, the company will no longer offer assistance Ð unless you're prepared to pay a hefty fee.
This can be problematic if you ever need to reset your home alarm system. A power failure or battery issue can cause a system to be reset. This can also happen if a person buys a new home with no knowledge of the system.
Even if you never encounter any of these issues, you should reset your home alarm system regularly as a good practice. This will make it harder for criminals to know the correct code to break into your home. So, how do you reset your home alarm? Read on for tips to help you through this sometimes challenging process.
Cracking the Code
In order to reset your system, you will need to know the master code. If you have the instruction manual, it should be located there. If you don't have it, you can still locate it but it will be more difficult.
You will need to gather information about your alarm system. Write down the manufacturer, model number, and serial number. You should be able to find this information on the alarm itself.
The next step is to conduct some research. First, you will want to check the manufacturer website. You can often find owner manuals there. These manuals may have information that can help you reset your alarm.
If you can't find anything helpful from the manufacturer, do an Internet search to see what you can find. For example, use keywords like "reset alarm (manufacturer name, model)." You might even want to add the serial number so you can get information specific to your alarm system. You should be able to find a variety of resources.
There are sites dedicated to specific manufacturers as well as forums and community boards where other homeowners can share information and answer questions. You might be able to post your question here and, we hope, receive a quick response.
Generic Alarm Reset Instructions
If you can't find any instructions specific to your system, perhaps this information can help:
Disconnect the power to the main control panel. Disconnect the backup battery in the control panel. Carefully remove both leads from the battery. Keep the power off for at least five minutes.
Reconnect the battery leads and power up the system. This requires two people. Have someone at the control panel while the other person is turning the power back on.
Press the # and * keys on the alarm panel at the same time and hold them for five seconds. The next step is to enter the installer code, which varies by manufacturer. The right code allows the homeowner to reset the password or restore the alarm to its factory defaults.
When All Else Fails
As a last resort, you may want to contact a monitoring company and ask for their assistance. They may not offer any help unless you sign up for a monitoring package. While this may seem like a costly endeavor, it's better than not being able to use your system at all. Plus, many monitoring systems offer many benefits. If your home is ever burglarized, the authorities will be notified, and you'll have a better chance of staying safe and avoiding theft.
Be careful of trying to take the system apart or change the master code. This may damage the system. You don't want to render it inoperable.
While we all want to save money, don't overlook professional help. When your home alarm system is in the right hands, you and your family have a higher chance of staying safe.
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