How to Remove a Home Alarm System: A Step-by-Step Guide

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How to Remove a Home Alarm System: A Step-by-Step Guide

Just moved into a new home or inherited and old alarm system?

Maybe you had the alarm system installed and it’s not working as it should do?

Before we get into this blog on how to remove a home alarm system you may wish to consider a professional alarm system installer to do the job for you before things go horribly wrong and you have the neighbours thinking that someone has broken into your home and call the police.

Many new customers contact us in Essex and the surrounding counties requesting help to remove their security systems from there homes for various reasons.

But if you feel confident with the right approach, you can safely deactivate and dismantle your home alarm system.

Whether you’re upgrading to a new system, moving homes, or simply no longer need the service, this guide will walk you through the process.

Why Remove a Home Alarm System?

There are several reasons you might want to remove your home alarm system:

New Home: Moving into a new home may require you to remove the alarm system.

Renovations: If you’re decorating or renovating your home alarm system may need to remove it so you need to knock down or paint a wall.

Upgrading to a New System:  Advances in technology and newer systems offer better features and integration options.

Service Termination: If you’re no longer using the monitoring service, you might want to take down the hardware down if it’s no longer needed.

What tools do I need?

Before you begin you will probably need the following tools to do the job.

  • Multi-metre / Electrical Tester
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wire cutters
  • Ladder
  • Temporary Lighting
  • Operation Manual

How to remove your intruder alarm – Step-by-Step

  1. Notify Your Alarm Monitoring Company

If your alarm system is monitored inform the company that the alarm system is being removed and that you are deactivating the system. This will prevent any false alarms and potential emergency response fees.  Make sure any contracts are cancelled.

  1. Disarm the System

Disarm the system using your code. This ensures that the alarm won’t be triggered during the removal process.  You may need the engineer code.

  1. Disconnect the Power Supply

Battery Backup: Locate the control panel and open it. Disconnect the battery backup to ensure this is removed before the next step.

Main Power Supply: Turn off the main power supply to the alarm system. This is typically done by a fused spur first then ensure the circuit breaker at the main electric board is turned off. Ensure you have correctly identified the circuit controlling the alarm system before turning it off.  Test the mains voltage to ensure safe isolation.

  1. Remove the Control Panel

Follow these steps to safely remove it:

  1. Open the control panel casing using the appropriate tool.
  2. Disconnect all wiring. Take note of the wire connections. TIP: Take a photo also so you have a record of the connections and cable colours.
  3. Unscrew the control panel from the wall.
  1. Remove the Keypads

Keypads are usually located at the point of entry to the home.

  1. Open the keypad casing. TIP: Take a photo also so you have a record of the connections and cable colours.
  2. Disconnect the wiring.
  3. Unscrew the keypad from the wall.
  1. Remove Sensors and Detectors

Door and Window Sensors: 

  1. Unscrew them and carefully pull them away from the door or window frame.
  2. Motion Detectors and Other Sensors:
  3. Disconnect the wiring.
  4. Unscrew or unclip the detectors from their mounts.
  1. Remove Sirens and Strobes

These devices are usually mounted at higher level.

  1. Ensure you use a safe ladder if working at height.
  2. Disconnect the wiring.
  3. Unscrew and remove the device from this location.
  1. Ready for Decoration

After all devices are removed, you’ll likely have small holes where they have been installed.

Patch these holes with the correct filler ready for repainting.

  1. Dispose of Old Equipment Responsibly

Many electronic components contain materials that should not be disposed of in normal rubbish collection especially batteries.

Check out online where electric and battery components can be disposed of.

Tips and Considerations

Handle with Care: Alarm devices are often small and fragile, so handle everything carefully to avoid damage.

Document the Process: Taking photos during the disassembly can help if you need to reinstall the system.  This will help in future.

Check for Hidden Components: Some systems have hidden or less obvious components like small springs, resistors and screws.  Make sure everything is collected and stored safely.

We hope this provides some information on how to remove an intruder alarm system.  If you are still unsure or not confident then give our professional team a call to arrange a site visit.

Contact info@amatterofsecurity.com or contact us via WhatsApp or our online form.

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