Powering down your security system

Powering down your security system

Extreme weather can hit Michigan every winter and we have experienced more power outages and weather-related safety issues during these events. While security systems are backed by battery power, during long-term power outages, the batteries will begin to run low. The constant beeping of a low battery can be quite a nuisance, but it only takes a few steps to get the beeping under control until you have gained back power.

Typical batteries in your home security system will last between 3-7 hours on standby, and 1-2 hours if in alarm. If you are in a situation in which the battery gets low and begins beeping, you have the option to power down the system until power is restored, and the batteries can be recharged.

Powering down a security system control panel

  1. Locate your main control panel. It is usually located in your furnace room. (Look for a tan box labeled “EPS”).
  2. Open the control panel. It may have the key in the lock of the door, or on top of the box.
  3. Remove one of the leads (red or black) from the battery in the bottom of the box. The battery typically has a grey base with a blue top.
  4. Unplug the panel’s power plug from your wall outlet, usually located near the control panel. If you are having trouble finding it, look for a sticker saying EPS. Do not remove the sticker.
  5. Check the system’s keypad. It should now be silent and have no display. If the keypad is still operational at this point, give EPS Technical Support a call for further assistance.
  6. When power is restored, put the lead on the battery and plug the power cable into the wall outlet to restore the system back to normal. Your battery can take up to 24 hours to fully recharge.

These steps will NOT work with an all-in-one security solution like the Lyric. Contact EPS Technical Support with any concerns about powering down these systems

Above all, we are dedicated to your safety and security. If you have any additional questions, concerns, or needs, please do not hesitate to call.


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