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Topic # 138803 17-Jan-2014 08:40 Send private message

Hi,

Our house came with a professionally fitted (i.e. not DIY) alarm when we purchased it. As the house is a Lockwood the alarm has wireless PIR's (i.e. Lockwoods are a wiring nightmare).

Recently one of the PIR's seems to be misbehaving and setting the alarm off for no reason. I know which one it is and set the system to exclude the PIR but it still triggers the alarm - I believe there is tamper detection in the PIR's as they tend to go off if I replace the battery (I think this is what is triggering the sensor to activate the alarm).

The company who installed it no longer exist. I'm wondering if I can get a replacement PIR and whether they are easy enough to add to the system (the misbehaving one will need to be removed from the system too). I see they have different frequencies, how do you figure out which ones are compatible? 

I don't have the model number of the alarm on me but I believe it is a branded (by the installer) version of this model;

http://www.aap.co.nz/shop/Alarm+Systems/Kits/ELITE+S+LITE-1.html

So the questions are;

1) Is this a DIY possible job?
2) Should I just ring some alarm installers?
3) Just dump the system and get a new one?

Thanks all :D


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  Reply # 968717 17-Jan-2014 10:18 Send private message

I think you have enough questions to warrant paying someone to do it.
I guess your challenge is to find an installer that knows about the brand of gear you already have.
If you think its arrowhead gear (as per your link) then contact them and see if they know of a local installer.

It would (presumably) be preferable/cheaper to fix the broken item rather than replace the whole lot - but that probably depends on the age state of the system.




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  Reply # 968736 17-Jan-2014 10:35 Send private message

arrowhead are really helpfull. give them a call and discuss requirements. According to their web page they also do free comprehensive training. You could become your own installer!!
I will be attending one in the comng months



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  Reply # 968766 17-Jan-2014 11:11 Send private message

Thanks for the replies, I'll contact Arrowhead.

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