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How to Test Your Security System Equipment

You’ve taken necessary precautions to help keep your home safe by installing a security system. After you’ve had your system installed, you might want to periodically check to make sure everything is working properly. Here are some steps for how to test your system, as well as what to do when a component isn’t working properly.

Notify family members: Always alert your family members when you’re about to run a security system test. Security system sensors make noise, so it’s best that everyone in your home know what is about to happen. A simple warning can prevent unnecessary surprises or scares.

Secure your home: You can’t thoroughly check your security system if your home isn’t secured. Before engaging in a test, doors and windows must be locked. The home must be secured as if you are about to leave the house.

Window and door sensors: If you have an ADT monitored security system, check your window and door sensors by first verifying that your system is in the “Ready” mode. After turning on the “Chime” function, open each protected window or door one at a time. You’ll know the system is working when a chime sounds after opening each door or window. Make sure the keypad shows which window or door you’re testing, so you can see accurate results of the test.

Carbon Monoxide and smoke detectors: Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should make a noise when their “Test” buttons are pressed. If the detector does not make a noise when you press the test button, you should replace the batteries. You should test these devices often, because if the batteries are dead, the detectors won’t make noise to alert you of an emergency.

Motion detectors: After verifying the system is in “Ready” mode, have someone walk in front of the motion detector while you are at the keypad. The keypad should register the person’s movement as a violation. If it doesn’t, you should contact your security company.

Panic button: Some systems include a panic button. If yours does, it also needs to be tested as part of your security system. Let the company know before you run a test on your panic button. That way, the company will know that you are not in a real emergency and that you don’t need professional assistance.

Signal transmission: It’s very important that you know your security system’s signals are reaching your security company’s monitoring station. Call your company’s customer service and request your alarm system to be put in “TEST” mode. Then, trigger your system by setting off its motion detector or by opening a door or window. After the alarm goes off, disarm your system and call to confirm that the signal made it to the monitoring station. After you’re finished, call your customer service to state that your signal transmission testing is complete.

If your system is not working properly, call your security company’s customer service line to iron out any kinks in your system. After receiving personalized assistance, your system should be working correctly.

With these tips, you should be able to keep your home safe and your security system properly working. If you have additional questions, let us know in the comments!