Undoubtedly the most requested security system service repair is "my ADT security system won't stop beeping". The reason for this is because ADT and other security systems are designed to give an audible beeping at the arming keypad whenever a trouble condition on the alarm system exists. Although this persistent keypad beeping is a complete nuisance it does serve a very important purpose. This keypad beeping indicates that there is a serious system malfunction that must be given attention to and if gone ignored can actually cause false alarms or even leave your security system inoperable. So what is it that is causing this annoying beeping? And more importantly, how do I get it to stop? The remainder of this article will attempt to answer these two questions.
Why is my ADT Security System Beeping?ADT alarm systems are designed to have the arming keypads beep when a trouble condition exists in the system. Depending on which type of ADT security system you have you will get keypad beeping accompanied by a visual indication. The main two security systems used by ADT are manufactured by Honeywell and by DSC. There are other alarm systems that ADT uses made by other manufacturers but we will focus on Honeywell and DSC security systems since they are the two most popular ones used by ADT Security.
Honeywell Lynx Control Panels- These control panels are easily identified because the arming keypad is the actual control panel. Trouble conditions followed by beeping at the arming keypad are easy to find the cause on these systems because the LCD display on these Honeywell Lynx keypads actually read out the trouble condition. In other words the actual cause of the system trouble and beeping is displayed on the display of the actual keypad. A fast continuous beep on the Honeywell Lynx keypad is caused by a tamper condition on one of the wireless sensors. If someone takes the cover off of one of the wireless sensors while the system is disarmed the keypad gives a fast continuous beeping and an indication of check followed by the sensor number. The solution in this case is to simply replace the cover and then disarm the system twice. A fast continuos beeping on the keypad can also be caused by a long range radio trouble. If your Honeywell Lynx system is using a cellular communicator to connect to ADT's central monitoring station and the signal becomes disrupted for any reason the keypad will emit a fast beep and the keypad will display long range radio fault. This beeping can be stopped by simply disarming the system. A single beep ever few seconds is ordinarily caused by a low battery condition. The low battery condition can be generated by either a wireless sensor or by the system back up battery itself. If the keypad beeping is caused by a wireless sensor it will display low batt and the actual sensor number. A low battery on a wireless keychain remote may also be the cause of the beeping and will only clear once the battery has been replaced on the keychain remote.
Honeywell Vista Control Panels- On these control panels the keypad beeping is caused by the same conditions as with the Honeywell Lynx. A fast continuous beeping condition on Honeywell Vista control panels occurs when a sensor or attached module goes into supervisory trouble. All of the wireless sensors attached to Vista Control panels are programmed in a way that if they are tampered with it will cause this fast continuous beeping at the keypad. If a wireless sensor is removed from the system for any reason that will also cause the keypad to continuously beep and indicate a trouble condition. If any module attached to the Vista Control panel is removed at any time this will also cause a trouble condition causing keypad fast beeping. Modules are devices such as zone expanders, wireless receivers and cellular communicators. These modules are detected by the control panel at all times and if at any time go undetected will cause a system trouble condition. If the control panel's system battery is low you will also get a keypad beeping. If this is the case it will be followed by a BATT indication on the arming keypad. A wireless sensor low battery will also cause a regular single beep on the keypad followed by the sensor number and a batt display. Changing out the system or sensor battery will clear the trouble condition within 24 hours.
DSC Control Panels- Trouble conditions on DSC security control panels are always connected with a double beep every 10 seconds accompanied with an amber trouble light on the arming keypad. The keypad beeping can be stopped by pressing the # key on the arming keypad. The beeping will stop momentarily but will come back if the trouble condition is not permanently corrected. The cause of the trouble condition followed by keypad beeping can be determined by simply pressing the asterisk key followed by the 2 key. This keystroke combination will then light up one or more numbers on the keypad that will decipher what the actual trouble condition is. If a 1 lights up then the trouble can be caused by a low battery or a power loss. If a 4 appears then the trouble is caused by a failure of the DSC control panel to communicate with the ADT monitoring center. If a 7 is displayed on the keypad then the cause is a low battery condition of one of the wireless sensors. If an 8 appears on the display then the trouble is caused by a loss of power to the system creating a condition where the system time and date needs to be reprogrammed.
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These are the major reasons why ADT security systems give an audible beeping that is continuous. However, there could be a number of other reasons that could cause a trouble condition on your ADT Security System that requires a technician to correct. If you need to speak to one of our factory trained security system specialists then simply pick up the phone and call us today at (786)325-7867. If you would like more information you can visit our website at www.miamifloridahomesecurity.com and go to the contact us page.