House alarm problems

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House alarm problems
House alarms do not always work properly. (home sweet home image by David Dorner from Fotolia.com)

Home alarm systems have a number of benefits. They detect intruders, fires and carbon monoxide, determine whether smoke, flames or heat is involved and have alarms that sound both inside the home and send a signal to the monitoring centre. Despite the benefits, though, sometimes alarm systems can malfunction or cause other problems.

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Failure to Communicate

Sometimes the home security system will lose its communication with the central monitoring station. You can check whether the phone lines are down and, if they are not, check to make sure the cord is connected to the phone jack. If all else fails, you will have to call the system's help number for assistance. The repairs may not be difficult. However, a major problem arises if communication fails in the middle of an emergency.

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System failure could be a big problem. (Haus in Flammen, Wohnungsbrand image by Whyona from Fotolia.com)

Cost

While there are inexpensive and affordable versions of home alarm systems, others can be very pricey. If you live in an isolated area, in a large house or you travel a lot, your best bet is a remotely monitored system. However, they cost about £650 to install, with monthly fees of approximately £19. These types of systems also wind up costing about £195 yearly for maintenance.

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Some security systems are pricey. (money image by Valentin Mosichev from Fotolia.com)

Hard-wiring Issues

Although hard-wired systems may be the more secure options, they are also more of a problem to install. They are most convenient for people who are in the process of building their homes, which does limit part of the population. Furthermore, since the hard-wired system has a number of visible components, they need to be frequently inspected and repaired, which results in spending more money as well.

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Are hard-wired systems really the better option? (question mark image by Suresh Makinidi from Fotolia.com)

Wireless Problems

While wireless systems do not have as many visible components that need to be inspected, they will still have to be serviced, often more than is advertised. They also have a tendency to trigger false alarms, because they work on radio frequencies. Therefore, a police car passing by your house may cause the alarm to sound, and you would never know why it went off.

House alarm problems
A cop car may trigger the alarm. (toy police car high speed pursuit image by alma_sacra from Fotolia.com)

Keypad Problems

In devices containing a keypad, you may find that your PIN codes suddenly do not work. The buttons may be worn out, and the keypad may need to be replaced. You can also change the code so you do not have to press the same worn-out buttons.This is not a major problem in and of itself; however, if it occurs during an emergency, there could be serious issues.

House alarm problems
Keypads sometimes need maintenance. (atm keypad image by Alison Grippo from Fotolia.com)

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