Maintaining Your System

Taking Care of Your System

The components of your security system are designed to be as maintenance-free as possible. However, to make sure that your system is in reliable working condition, do the following:

  • Test your system monthly.
  • Test your system after an alarm event occurs.

Silencing Low Battery Warning Tones at the Keypad

You can silence the keypad’s warning tones by pressing the OFF key, but the keypad’s low battery message display will remain on as a reminder that you have a low battery condition in one or more of your wireless sensors. When you replace the weak battery with a fresh one, the sensor sends a “good battery” signal to the control as soon as the sensor is activated (opening/closing of door, window, etc.), causing the low battery display to turn off. If the sensor is not activated, the display will automatically clear within approximately 1 hour.

NOTE: Your system may not be designed with wireless sensors.
IMPORTANT: Use only batteries recommended by Bay Safety.

Replacing Batteries in Wireless Sensors

Each wireless sensor in your system has a 9-volt or 3-volt battery. The system detects a low battery in wireless sensors, including smoke detectors, the personal emergency transmitter, and the portable wireless keypad and displays a low battery message. The low battery message comes on as a warning that battery replacement in indicated sensor(s) is due within 30 days. In the meantime, a sensor causing a low battery indication is still fully operational.

A low battery in a portable wireless keypad is detected as soon as one of its keys is pressed, and displayed as 00.). Battery-operated smoke detectors with a low battery also emit a single “chirp” approximately once every 20-30 seconds.

Alkaline batteries provide a minimum of 1 year operation, and in most units and applications, provide 2-4 years of service. 3-volt lithium batteries provide up to 4 or more years of operation. Actual battery life will depend on the environment in which the sensor is used, the number of signals that the transmitter in the sensor has had to send, and the specific type of sensor. Factors such as humidity, high or low temperatures or large swings in temperature, may all lead to the reduction of actual battery life in an installation.

Routine Care

  • Treat the components of your security system as you would any other electrical equipment. Do not slam sensor-protected doors or windows.
  • Keep dust from accumulating on the keypad and all protective sensors, particularly on motion sensors and smoke detectors.
  • The keypad and sensors should be cleaned carefully with a dry soft cloth. Do not spray water or any other fluid on the units.