Three Practical Steps for Removing Your Old Security System

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If you are planning on replacing or upgrading your home security system, you should hire an electrician to handle the removal of the old setup and the new security system installation. In general, the uninstallation of security system requires extensive handling of electrical wiring, circuits, cables and other components. If an inexperienced individual handles the work, they could damage these important elements or cause self-injury. However, it is not an impossible feat for someone with some knowledge in the field. If you are interested in handling the removal of the electric system yourself, you should use the guidelines below for optimal success.

Disconnect the Alarm Siren

You should disconnect the alarm before beginning the removal of the security system. The siren is normally connected on a separate circuit from the main power system. If the siren was on the same circuit, an intruder can easily cut off the power supply for quick access. However, most systems have a feature which causes the alarm to sound if the power supply is cut. This aspect is essential for keeping your house safe, but it can be a nuisance when uninstalling the security system. Therefore, you must disconnect the siren first.

Remove the Control Panel

The control panel of your security system is the 'brain' behind the entire setup. Therefore, if you are interested in uninstalling your current security system, you must remove the panel. You will need to find the fasteners or connectors holding the panel against the wall. Remove these components and pull the control panel down. Behind the control panel, you will find the electrical wiring supplying the panel with power. Ideally, you should use the wiring for your replacement panel for the new security system. However, if you are not going to place the new unit in the same position, you should cap the wiring off.  

Remove the Other Components

There are other components which you might have incorporated into your security system for optimal security. You should uninstall these to create a clean template for your new setup. Typically, there are battery packs which are placed in the control cabinets of the system for backup power in case of a blackout. If these are present in your home, you should remove the battery and disconnect the attached wires. If the battery unit is in good condition, you can reuse it in your next security system. You should also remove the other remaining elements, including the motion sensors, camera and glass-break sensors, unless they can be incorporated in the new installation.