How To Turn Off An Alarm System?

Last updated: December 15, 2022


Turning off an alarm system may seem complicated, but there are easy ways to accomplish this on your own. If you no longer need your alarm system to function, you must shut it down properly. In this article, we will guide you on how to turn off or power down your alarm system. Simply follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Disconnect Backup Battery
  • Unplug Transformer
  • Ensure It’s Been Shut Down

Step 1: Disconnect Backup Battery

The first step is to disconnect the backup battery. Turning the transformer switch off directly may lead to electrical problems. Therefore, make sure the backup battery is disconnected first before unplugging the transformer. 

There are different ways to unplug the backup battery depending on the type of your alarm system. For example, the backup battery of a wireless alarm system is usually located behind the panel. To disconnect it, you will need to unplug it from the panel’s circuit board. 

Similarly, for hardwired alarm systems, batteries are located inside the panel’s metal cabinet. You will need to disconnect the wiring from positive (+) and negative (-) connections. 

Step 2: Unplug Transformer

After you have successfully disconnected the backup battery, you will have to unplug the transformer now. Transformers are required to be unplugged so that the panel loses power. Some people often screw it into the outlet. In that case, you will have to remove the screw first to unplug the transformer. 

Step 3: Ensure It’s Been Shut Down

The third step is to check if you have successfully shut down the panel. You can determine that by checking whether the keypad and display screen are blank or not. If it’s blank, it means the panel is powered down, and you have successfully turned off your alarm system. 

Turning an alarm system off usually depends on the type of your alarm system, as various alarm systems operate differently. Do you have a door chime on your ADT alarm system and wondering how to turn it off? Check out Security Forward’s article for more information!

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