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Canceling home alarm but want to hear beeps from doors opening

allison77090 236 14 January 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I am thinking about canceling my home alarm service. I have 2 huge guard dogs and now that my contract is up, I am wanting to save money. A friend of mine told me that once I disconnect my alarm it will beep intermintently. Does anyone know if this is true?

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Quote from allison77090 View Post :
I am thinking about canceling my home alarm service. I have 2 huge guard dogs and now that my contract is up, I am wanting to save money. A friend of mine told me that once I disconnect my alarm it will beep intermintently. Does anyone know if this is true?
I canceled mine years ago. Still get the door beeps but no intermittent warning beep.
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Same here.
Ours only beeped when we opened a door.

You should be OK.
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a lot of this depends on the alarm system type / brand. I know for a fact that Brinks / ADT will shut down hard, may as well rip the control pad off the wall.

I had re-purposed my Brinks hardware (required replacement of the keypad and the alarm box) with an install of a DSC panel and box. This my guy can program to do whatever, I want, monitoring (calling out) is optional.

Also keep in mind they all have gotchas with regards to cancelling an automatically-renewed contract.
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i was out of contract. when i canceled i had unplugged the phone line to it so they couldnt do a hard shutdown. not sure if they do but i wanted to be able to use it while we sleep.. it was ADT
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i was out of contract. when i canceled i had unplugged the phone line to it so they couldnt do a hard shutdown. not sure if they do but i wanted to be able to use it while we sleep.. it was ADT
there is a button on keypad to turn chime on or off, don't think that function has anything to
do with service.
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100% you MUST remove the phone line from the system BEFORE you call to cancel. Many of them will call in and disable your alarm. Don't let them do it.
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100% you MUST remove the phone line from the system BEFORE you call to cancel. Many of them will call in and disable your alarm. Don't let them do it.
I've seen this mentioned here before. Why unplug the line before? (We don't have an alarm system. I'm just curious to understand.)
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I've seen this mentioned here before. Why unplug the line before? (We don't have an alarm system. I'm just curious to understand.)
Once you cancel, they will try to dial into your alarm and send a disable code. This renders the alarm unusable by anyone accept them. ADT is famous for this but others do it as well. The Guardian technician told me this but he also said he knows Guardian has done it as well. Its all a big game. He used to know the ADT password and could unlock them anyway if they were locked by ADT and you switched service but the last time he tried he said the password he had didn't work.
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If you own the system outright and are not under a contract, you should be able to get the alarm company to reset the installer code (this can be a slow and painful process, but is legally required of the alarm companies in some areas). If you unplug the phone line before you cancel it, you can prevent them from making any changes to the alarm system, which might include changes you want.

Most alarms perform some periodic communications tests and will set off trouble beeps when there's a failure (eg no landline anymore or canceled contract). This sort of setting may need to be changed if you're going to use it without monitoring.

Open your control panel, post what you see for brand and model information. Are any of your keypads full alpha, many alarms require one to program the system.


Depending on the particulars the best option is going to be one of the following: try to reset the installer code, get the alarm company to make changes to the installer code and change relevant settings (they may charge you nominally to do this), or disconnect the phone line before you cancel.
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there is a button on keypad to turn chime on or off, don't think that function has anything to
do with service.
i think you picked up on what beef and the rest said about them disabling the alarm. that would also kill the chime function. i can still use mine other than it wont call the police. i knew it was time to cancel with ADT when the called my neighbor across the street to ask him if my front door was open, they didnt call the police. bad sensor but still
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you can cancel your contract with the monitoring company, and your alarm will still function the same (minus being monitored). ie. if you arm your alarm, and there is a breakin or sensors pick up movement while system is armed, the alarm will go off -- except don't expect the cops to show up or get a call from the alarm company since it won't be monitored.

as others stated, remove phone line so you don't lose this option by getting the keypad/control panel disabled.
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Hi there! Thanks for all the great comments.
I have a slightly different issue. Since we have OOMA through our computer we don't have a phone line. We were forced to pay extra for wireless connection with ADT. It got sooo pricey! All I care about is the door chime but today, about a month after we cancelled our service with ADT the chiming stopped and the control pad does not work. I no longer feel safe or comfortable not knowing when a door opens. My husband said just to restart our plan---is there any way to cancel and prevent them from wireless disabling our panel? Thanks in advance for any info!!
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I think it's ridiculous that they can even disable your alarm system when you own it in your home! You should be able to use the system regardless of having service or not. That would be like not being able to use your smartphone if you didn't have service for it. :-/
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Hi there! Thanks for all the great comments.
I have a slightly different issue. Since we have OOMA through our computer we don't have a phone line. We were forced to pay extra for wireless connection with ADT. It got sooo pricey! All I care about is the door chime but today, about a month after we cancelled our service with ADT the chiming stopped and the control pad does not work. I no longer feel safe or comfortable not knowing when a door opens. My husband said just to restart our plan---is there any way to cancel and prevent them from wireless disabling our panel? Thanks in advance for any info!!
Do you know the brand of the alarm unit? Maybe it's just a generic GE unit that you can reprogram or replace yourself.

Mine is a GE unit, and the house is wired with GE door sensors. Worst case, you can get a new master unit and program it to the sensors that are already plugged into your doors and windows.
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