We can’t use our home security systems forever, which is why we no longer live in castles with moats and keeps. The latest technological advancements have meant that wireless home security systems are a must. But removing your old home security system isn’t a simple process – you’ve got to worry about old wires, equipment, and the possibility of accidentally tripping the alarm yourself. If you’re lucky, your home security system provider may even do all the leg work for you. So, before you get the wire cutters out, make sure you know everything about how to remove your old system.
Why You Should Upgrade To Wireless Home Security
If you’re still using the old wired home security systems, it’s time to upgrade. Although they’re reliable, by switching to wireless you’ll be up to date with the newest technology and enjoy its benefits and convenience. With wireless, your home security system is completely portable, so you can easily move security cameras around and add new equipment to your system. Not only that, but wireless systems are a breeze to install and they seamlessly integrate with other smart devices.
But keeping up with the latest technology isn’t the only reason why people should remove their old home security system and install a new one. Whether you’re moving into a new home with an old wired system or if you’ve found a cheaper home security service it’s always a good time to upgrade.
Removing Your Old Wired System
Chances are that when you purchased your home security system, the company sent someone to install it for you. It’s worth checking with the company to see if they’ll uninstall it as well. Some companies, like ADT and Vivint, will help you through the entire removal process (with an option to upgrade), but it’s not common and it doesn’t help if you’re switching to a new system from a different company.
Assuming that you have to do the work yourself, there are some important things to consider. First, you need to worry about the alarm going off. This means you need to disconnect the sirens – generally found on a separate circuit to make it more difficult for intruders to cut the alarm. Once this is done, you’re free to disconnect the power supply.
Next, it’s time to remove the control panel. Everything operates from the panel, so you’ll see plenty of wires coming out of the back. Since you’re not going to be installing a new wired system you don’t need to worry about them and they can be capped off – no one will see them anyway.
Every good home security system uses a backup battery in case of a power cut or if the supply is cut off by an intruder – you’ll need to remove this too. After getting rid of the battery, it’s time to remove all the different components, like security cameras, doorbells, sensors, or any other equipment. Generally, they’re attached by screws and will have wires that can simply be capped off.
Of course, take great care when going through the entire process, especially if you’re climbing a ladder. If you can, check out some YouTube tutorials as they’re helpful for learning to handle wires. Importantly, if you’re not confident in your do-it-yourself abilities, seek out an expert to help so you don’t make any big mistakes.
Moving a Wireless System
As we mentioned, one of the many advantages of using a wireless system is that you can take it with you wherever you go. But there are still a few things to think about. Before doing anything, make sure you tell your home security system provider that you’re moving. The best companies will offer you help with the move, while others may, unfortunately, charge a moving fee. Regardless, it’s important that your home security service provider knows your new address. You may even find that after the move is complete you have too much (or too little) equipment leftover, and you might also discover you need to invest in a Wi-Fi booster to make sure your entire property is protected.
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