How To Maintain Your Commercial Security System

Posted By Admin On 04 Jun 2021

Common Issues with Commercial Security Systems

All systems require regular maintenance. While there are some simple steps you can do to maintain your system, it is important to work with a qualified service provider to ensure the necessary inspections are conducted and for any repairs that might be needed. Some of the most common problems with security systems and devices include:

  • Repetitive false alarms
  • Incorrect programming
  • Calibration issues with the system’s sensors
  • An inability to arm or disarm alarms
  • Problems with security locks on doors not functioning properly
  • Problems with the intelligibility of voice evacuation systems

While some of these problems require the help of a service technician, regular maintenance can go a long way to help you avoid most of these issues.

What You Can Do to Help Maintain Your System

If you are having a new business security system installed, ensuring that maintenance services are included in your contract can help to save costs in the long term. There are also some simple steps you can take to help maintain your security system:

  • Routinely check the locks on all doors and check the door lock contacts to ensure they are clean and operate smoothly
  • Regularly check and clean the lenses on any security cameras and check their connections
  • Check with your service provider or your system’s manufacturer to ensure you haven’t missed any firmware updates that could compromise your system
  • For any devices that require batteries, make sure they are checked on a regular basis and replaced when necessary
  • Make sure your video cameras and motion detectors are always clear of environmental obstructions (e.g., trees/bushes, cobwebs, dust, etc.)

Regular Inspections are Key to Keeping Your System Functional

In the security industry, new and evolving technologies are offering ever more effective and affordable security solutions to business owners every year. Still, no system is built to last forever – access control panels can become less effective over time, cameras can stop working, and wiring can decay.

If you are using a UL listed Central Station Monitoring service and a system that is equipped to provide maintenance alerts, it is likely that you will know right away if there is a problem with your security system, avoiding any interruption.

However, if you are using an older alarm system that isn’t equipped with these features, there are only two ways to ensure that your monitoring station is correctly receiving signals from your security system – you either find out the hard way when an alarm is tripped with no alert or response, or you can have it tested through regular inspections.

You should plan on having your system inspected annually at minimum and more often if possible. Professional inspections should include the following:

  • Visual inspection of all your system devices and cleaning of devices if needed
  • A “walk-test” of the system in which a technician walks around the protected area randomly testing different components and activating different devices to test the signal and whether it is received at the supervisory panel
  • Verification of communication links and ensuring that test signals are received by the monitoring station
  • Programming back-ups and applying any software updates

Other issues that should prompt a call to your security company include any damage to a device, loose sensors, fuzzy camera footage, and software compatibility issues.

Partner with a Trusted Company

Koorsen Fire and Security stays up to date on rapidly evolving technology in the security market. Our certified technicians are experienced in the installation and service of all manufacturer’s systems. And, when you have a problem with your security system, you can expect a rapid response from Koorsen’s team of expert technicians. Contact Koorsen today to enjoy the bottom-line benefits and peace of mind that regular maintenance of your security system can provide your business.