Common Issues with Outdoor Motion Alarm Systems

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A motion alarm sensor can be used in and outside your house to provide security and protection. It can detect anyone or anything approaching your home or property and light up the area. It can be connected to a photo device that will take pictures of the area if it detects movement. It can also film people within a room by sensing when someone enters the space. Motion sensor mechanisms can cause some problems.

A Blocked Sensor

If it is blocked, it will not be able to detect motion in the area. When a motion sensor becomes obstructed, you should be able to easily find out what is causing the problem. In some cases, insects can spin a web over the sensor. Plants can grow up and cover the sensor. By clearing the obstruction, your motion sensor system should begin to work properly again.

Dirt on the Sensor

A sensor, especially an outdoor one, can easily become dirty. The dirt behaves like anything else that blocks the sensor. The problem can be fixed by cleaning off any dirt or residue that you see.

Detecting False Movement

Natural movement can be detected by the sensors and cause an alarm to sound. Inside your home, the air current could cause objects to move and set off the sensor system. Performance of the detector can be improved by closing windows or moving or turning off any fans or other devices causing movement. The wind blowing outside could also set off the sensor system by causing plants and trees to move. This problem can be solved by removing plants that are causing issues or by positioning the sensor in another direction or place.

Detecting False Heat

There are some sensors that operate through heat detection rather than movement detection. These detectors can be falsely set off by a hot vent or fireplace. This can be fixed by positioning the detector in another direction or another place.

Dead Batteries

The batteries you used in your system can also cause problems. Some batteries last longer. Consider the brand and life of the battery you use. Its ability to continue to work will depend on the amount of movement it senses. More movement will require more battery energy. Be sure to test your batteries often and to change them when necessary.

Detecting False Daylight

The life of the battery is extended on many sensors that use ambient lighting that resembles daytime in the area. Sometimes this feature will pick up another light in the area and refrain from turning on the security light when it is dark. Check the area for any other lighting sources.

Device Triggering Repeatedly

Trail cameras and chime detectors are triggered when someone or something remains in the zone of the motion sensor. This situation can cause the alarm mechanism to be continually triggered. The sound of the alarm can become annoying. When you choose a motion sensor system, consider the devices that automatically stop triggering until there is nothing detected. At that point, the system automatically resets itself.