Why would our house alarm go off in the middle of the night (other than the obvi

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  1. Faith Reaper profile image84
    Faith Reaperposted 8 years ago

    Why would our house alarm go off in the middle of the night (other than the obvious) ...

    Why would our house alarm go off in the middle of the night and it was saying a certain door was opened when everything was just fine and all was locked up tight?  All the deadbolts were still locked and no one broke into our home.  I am wondering what would set the alarm off when no one was breaking in?  Thanks for answering.


  2. Jackie Lynnley profile image85
    Jackie Lynnleyposted 8 years ago

    Perhaps someone was at that window and the alarm is that sensitive to let you know. Would that window have been the likely one a burglar would try to enter? Probably asking someone where they make your alarm, there is probably a number where you can call and ask them if you did not buy this at a specialties shop; or any shop that carries these alarm systems. If you suspect this is true I would add outside lighting at that window or inside. I would be very suspicious if this would be the best entry for a burglar that your alarm was true.
    Great you have a dog now.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image84
      Faith Reaperposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Jackie, Yes, that is true, will check into that.  We have motion-censored lights on each corner of the back of the house and locked gates to the privacy fence and a lamppost that lights up the front.  So strange.

  3. Sparklea profile image60
    Sparkleaposted 8 years ago

    Hi Faith this question is hard to answer, all I know is that it would scare the daylights out of me if that happened. 
    Has this happened more than once?
    I think we have a 'haunted' fire alarm.  We have one above the door to my writing room, right next to the linen closet.
    NUMEROUS times when I open the linen closet door, it goes off for no reason, startles me and upsets the cats.
    The only thing I can 'surmise' in your case is, if it happened just once, it could be a fluke, or a short in a wire?  If it has happened several times maybe you could contact the company?
    My last thought is a spiritual matter?  YOU seem to attract spiritual events, which I consider to be a gift.
    All this being said, I would probably contact the company.  Or did they telephone you to see if everything was all right?
    You are a brave woman.  I probably would have been terrified.
    I am guessing one of the hubbers will probably come up with a better explanation. 
    Great question to post and I am anxious to read some of the other answers.
    God bless, Sparklea smile

    1. Faith Reaper profile image84
      Faith Reaperposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, Sparklea, we jumped out of bed so fast, but it has only happened once so far.  If it happens more, we will surely get it checked out. In our other home, we were blasted out of bed three Sundays in a row LOL - you may remember! God bless

  4. profile image0
    RTalloniposted 8 years ago

    Because technology is so imperfect and prone to failures you might try contacting the manufacturer if you've eliminate all other possibilities.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image84
      Faith Reaperposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      So true RTalloni!!!  We should not really depend on technology for sure!  Sometimes our car alarm will go off for no reason when the car is inside of our closed garage?  So, there you go.  Thank you for answering.

  5. Romeos Quill profile image77
    Romeos Quillposted 8 years ago

    Hi Faith;

    Obviously it would be best to be in receipt of a professional opinion based upon the individual schematics of your home security system, but here are a few pointers, if only to be discounted from what may have actually caused this to occur; viz;-

    i/ Is it a magnetically operated or light-beam sensitive door jamb alarm sensor which you are using? Either way, the magnetic field or the light-beam( one part generating the light, the other part receiving the light ) has been broken, perhaps by an insect or falling dirt, or a strong reflection bouncing off a window by a headlamp, for example, in order for the alarm to become prematurely activated.

    ii/ Is the sensor screwed onto your door or one of those which are held by adhesive? If the latter, then high humidity in the home ( didn't you say you had a cold-spell recently in the south? ) can compromise the adhesive capabilities of the parts, thus affecting the reliability of that particular door sensor.

    iii/ If you have a wireless system which uses a battery back-up, then these batteries may need replacing if they are running low on power.

    iv/ A temporary power surge in your domestic electrical supply may have a bearing.

    I hope you find this helpful.
    Take Care,

    1. Faith Reaper profile image84
      Faith Reaperposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, Wow, Dear Romoes, well, it may very well be a combination of all the these you have stated here!!!  I would have never thought of these, but they all make perfect sense of course.  You are brilliant. We will check of all these out!  Thank you!!!

  6. wychic profile image84
    wychicposted 8 years ago

    My husband is a home security expert, and he says the exact reasons will depend largely on the individual system and how it was installed. It could be a loose wire, sudden temperature changes, or something not lining up right (in the case of contact plates, lasers, etc.). If the door is a bit loose, rattling from the wind may trigger the alarm. Obviously, the person who put the system in is the best source for a true diagnosis, but there are a lot of reasons that don't include intruders or anything else creepy or scary smile.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image84
      Faith Reaperposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you wychic for sharing your husband's insight as a home security expert! I will share with my husband.

  7. GeoarmSecurity profile image61
    GeoarmSecurityposted 6 years ago

    Do you know if the system is a wired or wireless security system?

    1. Faith Reaper profile image84
      Faith Reaperposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It is wired.

  8. AmieForsyth profile image61
    AmieForsythposted 6 years ago

    Is this a system that you installed yourself or was installed by a professional service?

    1. Faith Reaper profile image84
      Faith Reaperposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It was installed by a professional service when the previous owners lived in the house.

  9. DanfromAZ profile image70
    DanfromAZposted 5 years ago

    could be a failure on the sensor's part. depending on how the sensors are set up on that door it may be thinking it is opened when it is closed. all technology has a failure rate.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image84
      Faith Reaperposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Dan, yes, probably the case here and that's true about technology for sure!

  10. Nancy Owens profile image87
    Nancy Owensposted 5 years ago

    This once happened in a facility I worked in. We could not figure it out. Finally, we realized that the wind was blowing and that was setting it off. Another time a large bird was hopping around on the roof and it triggered the sensors. Don't know if that helps, but hope you figure it out soon!

    1. Faith Reaper profile image84
      Faith Reaperposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Nancy, wow, that’s interesting and unusual! Hmmm maybe it was a very windy day! Thank you for answering.


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