How to Test Your Alarm System

The Importance Of Testing Your Alarm System Regularly

Periodic testing of your ADT® alarm system is essential to ensure your system functions properly at all time. We advice to test your system each month. Prior to testing, make sure to notify your Monitoring Company.

How To Test Your System

There are two types of tests to perform: testing signals within your home and testing the signal from your home to our monitoring station.

Testing Window/Door Sensors

 

  • Verify that your system is in “Ready” mode.
  • Turn the “chime” function on.
  • Open each protected door or window one at a time.
  • The chime should sound when a door or window opens.
  • Check that the keypad displays the door or window you are testing.
  • Close the respective door or window.
  • Repeat this procedure for each windor/door sensor in your system.

Testing Motion Detectors

  • Verify that your system is in “Ready” mode.
  • It is best to test a motion detector with two people. One person simply needs to walk in front of the motion detector and the other is at the keypad to verify that the keypad indicates a violation.
  • You may be able to take a couple of steps before tripping the motion detector. Standing and waving your arms might help, but most likely not trip a low end motion detector.
  • Repeat this procedure for each motion detector in your system.

Testing Smoke Detectors

    • Push the test button on each smoke detector to verify that it makes a noise.
    • Check to see that there are no low battery indicators on the smoke detector. It is a good idea to replace the batteries on the smoke detectors once a year.

 

Testing The Signal Transmission To Our Monitoring Station

 

  • Call your monitoring company’s customer service and ask that your alarm system be placed in “TEST” mode. Be ready to provide the operator your account number and password.
  • Arm your system as usual and trigger it by opening a door or window, or by tripping a motion detector. (To trip a motion detector, your system has to be in “Arm Away” mode.)
  • Allow the alarm to go off for at least one minute.
  • “Disarm” your system.
  • Verify that the signal was received by your monitoring station.
  • Inform our customer service when the test is done to take the alarm system off test.

 

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chines2@bham.rr.com / June 28, 2014
very important info
Gaurang / July 21, 2012
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